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Cannonball Adderley – Autumn Leaves (1958)

Taken from the album ‘Somethin Else’, this is one of the great laid back recordings of modern jazz. Adderley, Miles Davis and Hank Jones swap outstanding ‘cool school’ solos while Art Blakey and Sam Jones keep the down tempo swing just right.

Cannonball Adderley — alto saxophone
Miles Davis — trumpet
Hank Jones — piano
Sam Jones — bass
Art Blakey — drums

 

BadBadNotGood – Time Moves Slow feat. Sam Herring (2016)

One of the absolute stand out tracks of 2016. The soul/jazz/electronic outfit from Toronto deliver a laid back gem with vocals from Future Islands’ Sam Herring.

 

Roy Hargrove Quintet – Strasbourg Saint Denis (2007 – Live in Paris)

Roy Hargrove is a Texas born, Grammy award winning jazz trumpet player. He is widely acknowledged for a contemporary sound that still maintains the tradition of the jazz greats.

His composition Strasbourg St Denis has become a modern jazz standard – a classic if you like – and this live performance from 2007 is just firing.

Roy Hargrove – trumpet, Justin Robinson – alto/tenor sax and flute, Gerald Clayton – piano, Danton Boller – bass, Montez Coleman – drums.

 

Mndsgn – Cosmic Perspective (2016)

LA based producer Mndsgn, pronounced ‘mind design’, consistently puts out a progressive mix of soul, hip hop and electronic influenced music. This dance track taken from his Body Wash album showcases a post-disco, psychedelic-funk influence.

The Supremes – Bad Weather (1973)

After the departure of Diana Ross, The Supremes continued to put out great music on Motown without much support from label head Berry Gordy. Stevie Wonder has writing and production credits on this track with Jean Terrell taking lead vocal alongside Mary Wilson and Lynda Lawrence. Classic Soul.

 

Bob James – Night Crawler (1977)

There are 2 guys in particular who have been sampled so many times by different artists over the last 30 years that hip hop, dance and electronica would have sounded very different without them.

One of them you already know – James Brown. But the other, who has literally been sampled dozens of times by one producer after another is the lesser known but brilliant jazz/funk/lounge keyboard player and writer – Bob James.

This track is taken from his album ‘Heads’.

Bobby Hutcherson – Step Lightly (1963)

Amongst all the musicians who died this year (and there have been quite a few) was the great jazz vibes player Bobby Hutcherson. I was thinking about which track to post as a tribute and I changed my mind to this classic, down tempo 60s recording from the album ‘The Kicker’.

The album was recorded by the famous and brilliant Blue Note engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who died less than a month after Hutcherson.

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 29, 1963. Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Duke Pearson (piano); Grant Green (guitar); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Al Harewood (drums).