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Remixes JID020

    For Remixes JID020, the label has tapped a few of their favourite contemporary artists and producers to offer their own take on the music of Series 2. The album features a variety of dynamic personalities with remixes from London based artists Shabaka Hitchins and Theon Cross, New York tastemaker Melanie Charles, LA based produces Bei Ru, Brazil's DK Nyack, Detroit based producer Tall Black Guy, Bay Area producer Mophono and the LA based house duo L.O. & Diisko.

    The album earns its place in the Jazz Is Dead catalog as it further celebrated the spirit of collaboration amongst artists young and old. What unites these DJs, producers and musicians with the Jazz Is Dead ethos is their unbent dedication to remaining true to their own vibe and sound all the while preserving the energy and feeling of the original recordings.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Tony Allen - Don't Believe The Dancers (Mophono Remix)
    2. The Midnight Hour - Phoenix (Theon Cross Remix)
    3. Katalyst - Reflections (Bei Ru Remix)
    4. Jean Carne - Black Rainbow (Melanie Charles Remix)
    5. Henry Franklin - African Sun (Shabaka Hutchins Remix)
    6. Lonnie Liston Smith - Love Brings Happiness (Tall Black Guy Feat. Kaidi Tatham Remix)
    7. Garrett Saracho - Altitude (L.O. & Diisko Remix)
    8. Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison - Running With The Tribe (DJ Nyack Remix) 

    Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Lonnie Liston Smith

    Instrumentals JID019

      Instrumentals JID019 captures the musical alchemy produced at the Linear Labs Studio by producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. These instrumental recordings encapsulate the spirit of the Jazz Is Dead concert and recording series, celebrating the African-American art form known as jazz through improvisation, musical collaboration and authentic cross-generational and cross-cultural communication.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Come As You Are
      2. Love Brings Happiness
      3. Black Rainbows
      4. The Summertime
      5. Love Can Be
      6. People Of The Sun
      7. My Mystic Life
      3 .blackrainbows
      8. Cosmic Changes
      9. Black Love
      10. Visions

      Henry Franklin, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge

      Henry Franklin JID014

        A native of Los Angeles, Henry Franklin came of age while the city was producing a crop of exciting jazz talent. Frankin’s lasting impact on jazz can be evidenced by the long list of legends who sought him out for tours and recording sessions, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Humphrey, Freddy Hubbard, & Pharaoh Sanders to name a few. Franklin’s solo output is best remembered for his two solo outings with the Black Jazz label- “The Skipper” & “The Skipper At Home”. Together, they form one of the most compelling diptychs in the entire post-bop canon. Recognised by his peers and contemporaries, Franklin’s entry for Jazz Is Dead gives the living legend his flowers and recognises the contributions The Skipper has made as one of jazz’s most influential heartbeats.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: The imperative jazz-revival series continues in earnest. Henry Franklin updates crucial material from "The Skipper" and "The Skipper At Home", aided and abetted by Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge. A tour de force of modern jazz expression!

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Karibu
        2. The Griot
        3. People's Revolution
        4. Memories Lost
        5. Feedback
        6. Café Nero
        7. African Sun
        8. A Song For Sigrid

        Katalyst, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

        Katalyst JID013

          Founded in 2014, Katalyst Collective has never been one for labels. Rather than strictly a live act, they’ve acted as an incubator for a fresh crop of local talent, helping hone the voices and talents of individual members, while collectively advancing like a phalanx. Each ‘Kat’ writes their own solo material, and everyone contributes and works together on each project, feeding off the communal energy. Leading to the group’s upping collaboration for Jazz Is Dead, Katalyst has poised themselves as the next breakout stars of Los Angeles’ rapidly expanding Jazz universe - a small army of creative firebrands, each burning more brightly together.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. The Avenue
          2. Daybreak
          3. Corridors
          4. Summer Solstice
          5. Juneteenth
          6. Dogon Cypher
          7. Reflections

          Marcos Valle, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

          Marcos Valle JID003

            Marcos and the other Brazilian luminaries Adrian and Ali hosted for Jazz Is Dead, are able to create an entirely different sound and feel using the exact same palette. Throughout the album Marcos sings in his trademark percussive and melodic style (“wa-di-do-bem, ba di da we da bem”), a distinctly Brazilian take on vocalese. Like the sweet and foreign sounds coming out of his mouth, Marcos and the other Brazilian luminaries Adrian and Ali hosted for Jazz Is Dead, are able to create an entirely different sound and feel using the exact same palette. “It was really interesting how we can play the same instruments, listen to the same music and they can still have their distinctly Brazilian flavor that we admire so, so, so much,” Adrian effuses. “And to just hear our influences mix with theirs and to make something brand new is a dream come true.”

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Queira Bem
            2. Isso É Que Eu Sei
            3. Oi
            4. Viajando Por Aí
            5. Gotta Love Again
            6. Não Saia Da Praça
            7. Our Train
            8. A Gente Volta Amanhã

            Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

            Jazz Is Dead 001

            Music exists in movement and change, but before any part of it can be pinned down for analysis, it’s often moved and taken on a new face. The transformation is often driven by culture as forward-thinking people avoid the proverbial paths in search of revolution. Even though our pioneers prophesied that the revolution would not be televised, the message has permeated. It’s spreading like wildfire and leaders are defined by those that speak first: Jazz Is Dead. Music is the universal language and we are the interpreter of sound, a message that has been lost in transcription.

            Under Jazz Is Dead, younger artists are elaborating upon conversations started decades ago; jazz icons are utilizing vintage equipment to create new masters with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad; the same equipment that recorded their coveted catalogs. The vitality embedded in the new masters epitomizes our quest for new life in music: Jazz Is Dead. This compilation features legendary artists Roy Ayers, Gary Bartz, Marcos Valle, Azymuth, Doug Carn, Joao Donato, & Brian Jackson, who will each have their own individual release, working alongside Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. 

            TRACK LISTING

            01. Hey Lover (feat. Roy Ayers)
            02. Distant Mode (feat. Gary Bartz)
            03. Nancy Wilson (feat. Brian Jackson)
            04. Conexão (feat. João Donato)
            05. Down Deep (feat. Doug Carn)
            06. Apocalíptico (feat. Azymuth)
            07. Não Saia Da Praça (feat. Marcos Valle)
            08. Jazz Is Dead (feat. The Midnight Hour)

            Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge are best known for their collaborations with vocalists and MCs, but these two multi-instrumentalists and producers excel in their ability to conjure musical moods with or without vocal accompaniment.

            Similarly, the musical legends that these two handpicked to collaborate with across this series are all jazz legends equally at home crafting unadorned compositions as they are collaborating with vocalists.

            This 2LP collection presents exclusive instrumental versions of songs originally released on the Jazz Is Dead albums; Roy Ayers JID002, Marcos Valle JID003, Gary Bartz JID006, and João Donato JID007.

            More than the previous eight Jazz Is Dead releases Instrumentals JID009 delivers on Adrian and Ali’s original promise of showcasing the music made with their heroes, laying bare the inspired compositions created when different generations of musicians come together to collaborate in the studio. For nearly all of these songs, Adrian and Ali began with sketches and elements of songs that they developed alongside the featured musicians live in Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs studio located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Hey Lover Feat. Roy Ayers (Instrumental)
            A2. Oi Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)
            A3. Visions Of Love Feat. Gary Bartz (Instrumental)
            A4. Aquarius (Why Do You Cry) Feat. João Donato (Instrumental)
            A5. Soulful And Unique Feat. Roy Ayers (Instrumental)
            B1. Isso É Que Eu Sei Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)
            B2. Nao Negue Seu Coracao Feat. João Donato (Instrumental)
            B3. Sunflowers Feat. Roy Ayers (Instrumental)
            B4. Queira Bem Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)
            C1. Day By Day Feat. Gary Bartz (Instrumental)
            C2. Gotta Love Again Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)
            C3. Forever More Feat. João Donato (Instrumental)
            C4. Synchronized Vibration Feat. Roy Ayers (Instrumental)
            D1. Viajando Por Ai Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)
            D2. Gravity Feat. Roy Ayers (Instrumental)
            D3. Não Saia Da Praça Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)
            D4. Beauty Feat. João Donato (Instrumental)
            D5. African Sounds Feat. Roy Ayers (Instrumental)
            D6. A Gente Volta Amanhã Feat. Marcos Valle (Instrumental)

            Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

            Jazz Is Dead 006

            The shadow that Gary Bartz casts over the last six decades of progressive Black music, and his continued dedication to same, makes him a logical and very welcome contributor to the Jazz Is Dead label. An alto saxophonist steeped in the history and tradition of his instrument who is also restlessly experimental and not prone to purism of any kind, he enjoys both the respect and admiration of his peers and the hero worship of several generations after him – including Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, which inevitably led to Gary Bartz JID 006.

            A look at his body of work reveals dalliances with bebop, hard bop, free jazz, spiritual jazz, soul jazz, jazz-funk, fusion and acid jazz, all while resolutely remaining unmistakably Gary Bartz. There's early work with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop, work with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, a stint in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and also one with Miles. There's his groundbreaking and highly influential Ntu Troop albums of the early ‘70s and his jazz-funk work including two classic albums with the Mizell Brothers, one of which supplied A Tribe Called Quest with a sample that was smooth like butter. And while on the subject of samples, the Bartz catalog has provided hip-hop and other genres with a rich source of them, and artists who have gone to his well when producing beats also include Black Sheep, Jurassic 5, Casual, RPM, Warren G, Photek, Statik Selektah, Chi-Ali, 3rd Bass, Showbiz, ZTrip, Young Disciples, and many others.

            The socio-political content of much of Bartz’s work, particularly during the early ‘70s, is another factor that has captured the attention of and influenced many. He was wide awake to the pressing issues of his day, which sadly haven't changed much in a half-century—long before the term "woke" was ever coined—which adds continued relevance and resonance to albums like the two Harlem Bush Music LPs. Speaking his mind and expressing thoughts and feelings lyrically and vocally were a consistent aspect of his work during this era, but even with all this there's always still a space within Gary's oeuvre for the celebration of simple and beautiful basic truths. “Working with Gary Bartz epitomizes the ethos behind Jazz Is Dead,” says Younge. “He’s a luminary that has contributed so much to music culture, for decades. His musical ability is expanding with age and we’re honored to be a part of his world.”

            "Day By Day" brings Bartz full circle by placing him in a more modern context which he contributed to creating in the first place. It takes certain sonic cues from Muhammad's old group, A Tribe Called Quest, while also calling to mind neo-soul a little bit. But the icing on the cake is the unexpected and gorgeous vocal chorus which is like the sun coming out and which once again harks back to an element familiar to Mizell fans. With its propulsive bassline steadily prodding the track along, "The Message" is strongly rooted in classic ‘70s modal jazz and serves as the spiritual and emotional centerpiece of the album. The instrumental interplay and textures would have been perfectly at home on the Black Jazz label even though there's also a certain almost intangible postmodern, 21st century approach to that style, perfectly in keeping with Bartz's well-known tendency to look forward, not backwards.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Spiritual Ideation
            A2. Visions Of Love
            A3. Black & Brown
            A4. Blue Jungles
            B1. Day By Day
            B2. Distant Mode
            B3. The Message
            B4. Soulsea

            Adrian Younge , Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Azymuth

            Azymuth

              The fourth release from Jazz Is Dead records features Azymuth, one of the bands in Brazilian history, redefining Popular Brazilian Music. Having released almost 20 albums in their career, Azymuth proves to be a consistent source for an innovative mix of jazz, pop, MPB, and electronic music. Composed and produced by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad and recorded in the Linear Labs analog studio. 

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Ao Redor Do Samba
              2. Sumaré
              3. Cat Jump
              4. Fall Afternoon
              5. Friendship Samba
              6. Apocalíptico Feat Azymuth
              7. Pulando Corda
              8. Queit Storm 


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