My friend Kevin Bene is back with another dope cover. This time, he flips Kendrick Lamar’s track “Rigamortis”. Again, he recreates the track and improvises over it…all in one take. Check it out above.
There’s no doubt that “Amen”, one of the standout tracks on Meek Mill’s new mixtape Dreamchasers 2, is too dope. I knew that my friend Kevin Bene, who’s was my roommate the while I was at Michigan State and currently working on his Masters in Jazz Studies at the Manhattan School of Music, was making music utilizing the loop pedal. I sent him this track and told him to mess with it. A couple days later, he sent me this video, where he’s reconstructs the beat and improvises over it…..all in one take. Check it out above.
The homies over at BadBadNotGood release another live collection of songs that they performed in London at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. Check out a visual of them performing “CMYK/DMZ” and download after the jump.
here’s another piece of footage of BBNG and Tyler’s session in Toronto…. just imagine if a whole project was created between the two……man oh man
Jazz legend Jimmy Heath was up at Michigan State this past semester for Jazz Spectacular. I’m pissed I missed this. Thankfully, someone was able to record MSU’s Jazz Ensemble playin Heath’s “Gemini”…..check it out.
fucking amazing…..glad to see some talented musicians display their take on the hottest collective in hip-hop right now…. Tyler tweeted this, and I had to post it……check it out.
My friend saxophonist Marcus Elliot recently had a release party in East Lansing for his quartet’s debut album Looking Forward. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend. So when Marcus told me that another release party was happening in Ann Arbor at the Kerrytown Concert House, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Although Kerrytown is a beautiful intimate setting, it was packed to the point where Click Here To Continue Reading…
A couple of weeks ago, I was able to attend and make a post about saxophonist Jon Beshay’s senior recital. Thankfully, if you missed it live, Jon has put his entire recital up online and available for download. I highly suggest you take an opportunity right now and check this out…It’s definitely quality and won’t disappoint. also, check out Jon’s website: www.jonbeshay.com
After the jump, watch the video of Jon Beshay performing the ballad “I Want to Talk About You”
Around this time up at college campuses, a lot of senior/end of the year recitals start popping up, where one can view an artist showcasing what they’ve learned musically in college and over the years. Honestly, I’m not a fan of some senior recitals, due to the fact that some contain an underlying theme of boring that I just can’t rock with. However, there a few that are definitely worth checking out. Such was the case last weekend, when I was blessed to have an opportunity to catch the senior recital of Click Here To Continue Reading…
My homie Marcus Elliot is a jazz studies major in his 3rd year up at Michigan State. Easily one of the illest musicians I know, and the quality of music he puts out definitely reflects the work he’s put into his craft. This is title track to Marcus’ debut project, which will first be available April 23rd, at his album release party at the Kerry Concert House in Ann Arbor. Be on the lookout for more music from Marcus on my site in the next few months. Listen and Download below.
Marcus Elliot, tenor saxophone
Glenn Tucker, piano
Ben Rolston, bass
Julian Allen, drums