take it ..

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Leron Thomas currently makes major moves – with Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran (Blue Note) and Guts (Heavenly Sweetness) – he now released his collaboration LP with Malik Crumpler entitled ‘Take It..’. Out now on On-Point Records, available at Bandcamp (vinyl/digital), or on iTunes.

“Leron Thomas makes it clear with his latest project ..Take It that he has no intention of being bound by genre or held back by being independent. With a soulful electronic vibe Thomas delivers his most challenging album yet. Co-produced with Malik Crumpler, one would never guess this was recorded by the two, home-studio style in NYC. The tracks weave in and out with a knowing sense of chord progression, cutting wit and moments of hilarity. Coupled with new music videos, Thomas shows he has no intention of slowing down and has a seemingly endless pit of creativity.” -2013 live4ever.uk.com

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favourite things | 8.14

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Another month, another selection – ‘Favourite Things 8.14‘ is now ready for streaming.

It’s a monthly musically journey through our daily soundcloud expedition. The set for august is 2,5hrs long and holds 47 tracks. Featuring productions and songs by Thrupence, Shafiq Husayn, S. Fidelity, FloFilz, Diggs Duke, REdefinition, Kriswonto, Amin Payne & Ben Bada Boom, Suff Daddy, Flandy, Bilal, Jordan Rakei, Ka-Yu, Computer Jay & Orfeo, TUFO, Bonobo, iZem, Freddie Joachim, Tall Black Guy, Dexter, Jonwayne, Barney Artist, El Michels Affair, and many more. Check out the latest selections and tracks on our almost daily updated soundcloud page.

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all rise

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Pianist Jason Moran will release his ninth album, “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller”, is a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The project is produced by Blue Note president Don Was and Ndegeocello. The album features artists including trumpeter Leron Thomas, vocalist Lisa E. Harris, saxophonist Steve Lehman, trombonist Josh Roseman and drummer Charles Haynes.

Out September 16th on Blue Note Records, pre-order now on iTunes.

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animalia

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Mammal Hands debut album ‘Animalia’ will be released on Gondwana Records. The album’s entirely produced by label owner Matthew Halsall. After GoGo Penguin (v2.0), Mammal Hands is the new signing for the label. Release is Monday 15th September 2014, pre-order on CD and Digital formats online at Bandcamp.

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the thought of you

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Drummer Otis Brown III – an invaluable sideman with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Oliver Lake, Somi, and others – has announced the release of his debut album ‘The Thought of You’, which will arrive September 23 via Revive/Blue Note, a new partnership between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. The first single taken from the album “The Thought Of You Pt. 1″ featuring Bilal debuted this week on Billboard.

Brown’s maiden voyage features an impressive roll call of artists including a core band consisting of pianist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, saxophonist John Ellis, and bassist Ben Williams, with organist Shedrick Mitchell and guitarist Nir Felder making special appearances. Singers Bilal, Gretchen Parlato, and Nikki Ross contribute standout performances that underscore the sentiments of the album’s co-producer, Derrick Hodge, who says, “Otis has become one of those drummers who once you hear him play, his experience becomes your experience in the moment.” (read more on Blue Note Records)

Pre-order now on iTunes – see the entire tracklist after the jump.

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aurorasmushroomtenderness

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Carlos Niño’s new album “AURORASMUSHROOMTENDERNESS” out on disques corde, features Deantoni Parks, Farmer Dave Scher, Kelsey Gonzalez, Cut Chemist, Dexter Story and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Stream the preview mix after the jump and watch the official video of ‘Enter The Nowosphere’, directed and edited by Azul Niño. Official release date was 16th July 2014, order online direct or on Amazon. Read the Carlos Nino special interview on stripe-dot.

“Enjoying this new music flow … Charming, magical, serene, uplifting, trance inducing … the talk section is precious … Love,” - LARAAJI

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v

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The japanese jazz-trio Cro-Magnon consisting of Shigekazu Otake, Takumi Kaneko, Tsuyoshi Kosuga is back. After four years they are about to release their seventh album, simply titled ‘V’. Released is July 16th on Jazzy Sport. Pre-order via Amazon (Japan only). See the full tracklist and stream the album teaser below.

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enjoy the view

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Legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note for the June 24 release of “Enjoy The View,” recorded by an all-star collective with saxophonist David Sanborn and organist Joey DeFrancesco, and featuring drummer Billy Hart. Order the album now on iTunes, Amazon or HHV.

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unstraight ahead

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Los Angeles label Now-Again Records releases the newest album by Jay Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers) and company ‘Unstraight Ahead’ by Karl Hector and the Malcouns. Listen and download the track ‘Push Na Ya’ for free here. Album now on sale at Rappcats or iTunes.

Afrodelic Kraut Funk excursions featuring Members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. Unstraight Ahead finds Karl Hector and his cohorts exploring territories outside of the already-expansive scope of their debut album Sahara Swing. On this album, the West African sounds of Ghana and Mali meet the East African sounds of Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian jazz and are tied together with the groove heavy experimentalism of The Malcouns’ 70s Krautrock godfathers: Can, of course, but also more obscure and equally adventurous groups like Agitation Free, Ibliss and Tomorrow’s Gift. It’s an album out of time, one that couldn’t have been made in the era its aural aesthetics reference, as its scope is so broad. But it’s an album focused by funk – and an ambition to expand funk’s reaches. The Malcouns – including Poets of Rhythm songwriter and vocalist Bo Baral – created their own instruments to fashion an album that stands alongside the great albums of its progenitors but charges Unstraight Ahead into a curious musical future.

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