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The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers New CD

Legend was issued originally in 1984, 3 years after Marley died from cancer. It quickly became the biggest-selling reggae album of all time, and it remains so to this day. Accordingly, the vast majority of the songs here have passed into the public consciousness so completely that you’ll be able to sing the chorus to them despite never having knowingly heard them before.71rqP13SVRL._SL1500_

 

 

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One to Watch: Jazz: Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Social music. This is how up and coming artist, John Batiste refers to his music and jazz music in general as during a live set of Jon Batiste & Stay Human.* At first, this phrase may seem pretentiously effusive. After all, it does not take a professional music critic nor an intellectual to understand that music is meant to be enjoyed by others or shared. What the twenty seven year old Lousiana pianist means instead is that jazz likes to draw from all sorts of styles and inspiration in a way that allows for seriously progressive music. Jazz is everything you want it to be in many ways, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human  are creating some seriously enticing progressive jazz.

Batiste is backed by a talented group of young artists: Eddie Barbash (sax), Ibanda  Ruhumika (tuba), and Joe Saylor (percussion). I had a chance to see the group in performance at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The group’s carefree and fun loving vibes was most evident in in Batiste’s wardrobe choice for his big MJF debut: skinny mint green suit. The man has confidence and knows how to have a good time.

The group is surely eclectic in its inspiration and sound. It’s almost as if Andree 3000 successfully decided to dapple in jazz one day. Batiste has a soulful voice that is built for R&B and smooth jazz, yet his music touches upon numerous musical styles. One moment he crooned a classic and the next he is busting out some hardcore Dixieland jazz, whose rollicking vibes got the otherwise indifferent audience on its feet. Whatever he decides to draw from, what is certain is that Batiste is a virtuosic pianist who enjoys some serious foot stompin’ backed percussion. I look forward to seeing what is next for the man in the mint green suit.

* See video for Jon Batiste & Stay Human covering “Wrecking Ball” below

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Charts and Adds: Second Week of September

Summer may be ending, but things are really heating up with in terms of Jazz in the area. The  57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival has come to to town as well as some great sounds to KZSC. The charts remain dominated by Concord and Bluenote favorites, but some new artists from the international stage are rightly making their presence known on the airwaves and in the station. Most notably, young vocalist Malika Tirolien and Mexican pianist Alex Mercado (and his quintet). Canadian based artist, Malika Tirolien is increasingly getting critics attention with her smooth blend of R&B and Afro-Carribean infused jazz, which adds to a fresh new sound to jazz. Mexico City may not be known for jazz, but has given birth to one special pianist that makes us take a second look south for what’s new in jazz. Classically trained Mexican Pianist, Alex Mercado debuts his masterful skills on his album Symbiosis, which is steep in melodic improvisations and virtuosity. If the summer has taught me anything, it’s that it has surely set the stage for the upcoming school year for jazz.

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Charts:

1    BAD PLUS    Inevitable Western    SPEAKEASY
2    MALIKA TIROLIEN    Sur La Voie Ensoleillee
3    BOSSACUCANOVA    Our Kind Of Bossa    Six Degrees
4    JOSE JAMES    While You Were Sleeping    Blue Note
5    JOSHUA REDMAN    Trios Live    Nonesuch
6    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
7    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
8    MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO    Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio    Concord
9    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
10    DR. JOHN    Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch    Concord

Adds:

1    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
2    AFRO BOP ALLIANCE    Angel Eyes    Zoho
3    ALEX MERCADO TRIO    Symbiosis    Fornarte Latino
4    BOBBY BROOM    My Shining Hour    Origin
5    MOON HOOCH    This Is Cave Music    Palmetto-Hornblow

Reggae on the river

Reggae on the River! what a joy and a blessing to share,Singer/songwriter/activist Janine ‘Jah9′.

She has been credited as the creator of the Jazz on Dub genre. Her vocals blend the Jazz melodies of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with the Dancehall attack of Sizzla Kalongi above the heavy Dub rhythm akin to Augustus Pablo.

Jah9 developed her sound in the underground poetry/live music scene, but now intends to take her word sounds to the world. Her signature sound has led to collaborations with platinum producer Donovan Bennett of Don Corleon Records, dancehall pioneer Rory Gilligan of Stone Love International, Sheldon Bernard and living legend Beres Hammond of Harmony House Music.search

Reggae Hot

Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and his choice of material and collaborators are strategic and brilliant.

The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.

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Alexandra Starlight!

Interview with Alexandra & the Starlight Band

Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James of Alexandra & the Starlight Band stopped by the station to do an interview with our own DJ Soul Patch during his program Not-so-distant Relatives which airs every Thursday from 2pm-4pm. Listen for Alexandra’s rocking acoustic jam! Although the KZSC talk department is fairly new on the scene, KZSC has a long tradition of getting awesome artists, writers, musicians and other talented people on the air. We want to keep that tradition alive by getting more exposure for some of these great interviews you may have missed, and some that are coming up in the near future! Stay tuned to KZSC and kzsc.org