Tag Archives: Acid Jazz

Cantaloupe and the Hancock

Undoubtable Herbie Hancock’s commercial  success really took off from his 1973 album Head Hunters, arguably peaking with his Academy Award for Best Original Score for Round Midnight in 1986.

But commercial  success is one thing another is his huge and impressive contribution to Jazz music overall.

“Tell me a bedtime story” from his 1969 album Fat Albert Rotunda

At the above album Hancock was already starting a transition into Jazz-Fusion that would be dominant in the 1970’s, but Herbie Hancock did recordings also all the way through the 1960’s, making his first solo release in 1962 with “Takin’ Off” on blue note

“Us3” a London founded Jazz-rap group had a huge hit with “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” from their debut album  “Hand on the Torch” in 1992/93. The track was based on Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” using samples from the 1964 original.

“Cantaloupe Island” was recorded for Herbie Hancock’s fourth solo album Empyrean Isles from 1964, then I listen to this it is easy to understand why “Us3” took up the cover version, true brilliance where less is so much more.

 

The musicians for the original 1964 recording were: Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (cornet), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).

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The Dragon, The Hird, The Bittersweet Love Song

Yukimi Eleanora Nagano, was born and raised in Sweden, to a Japanese farther and a Swedish-American mother. Since 1996 she have been vocalist in Little Dragons, a band she formed with high school friends, playing downbeat Trip hop, and electronic Pop.
From: Little Dragon – Little Dragon (2007)

On Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach, Yukimi co-wrote and Little Dragon was featured as guest performers on two tracks. Little Dragon was the opening act for Europe and Australia on Gorillaz 2010 tour, and guest performing live on those two tracks.
From : Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (2010)

Yukimi wrote the lyrics and delivered vocals on Swedish house artist Hirds instrumental Keep Your Hird, re-released with vocals as “Keep Your Kimi”, as well as on other tracks from Hird’s “Moving On” album.
From: Hird ‎– Moving On (2004)

Yukimi was also performing vocals on two Koop albums. Koop is a Swedish Jazz, Acid Jazz, Trip-hop duo. There clean and unique sound is recognised as highly innovative in electronic Jazz, delivering a retro Jazz music, in a modern package.
From: Koop – Koop Islands (2006)

Koop’s albums features several guest vocalists, another interesting performance on Kopp’s 2006 album, Koop Island, was Norwegian singer/songwriter and guitarist Ane Brun.
From: Koop – Koop Islands (2006)

Ane Brun have been based in Stockholm, Sweden since 2001, recording seven solo albums. Her style is often Folk inspired, very stripped, focus is on the song and the vocals, often very emotional, reflecting on themes of love, with a mature bittersweet insight.
From: Ane Brun – Rarities (2013)

The song was written for the Film “A Thousand Times Goodnight” that won the Special Grand Prix of the jury at the Montreal Film Festival.

Red Snapper – Acid Jazz Hop

Sit back, and relax, time for some Jazzy-Hop

From “Making Bones” 1998

Red Snapper is a British instrumental acid jazz/trip hop trio, founded in London in 1993, remarkable in their excellent use of acoustic instruments in Electronica. The three permanent members, Rich Thair (drums), Ali Friend (double bass/vocals) and David Ayers (guitar), was joined by guest musicians and singers

From Key 2011

In early 2002, Red Snapper spilt up, but in 2007 they reunited, and have since made Ep’s and an album in 2011. Their music moves from delightful low speed textures, to high speed beats. With effective melody mixed into a landscapes of electronica and hip’hop.

From “Making Bones” 1998