Gem of the Week: “Corcovado”-Antônio Carlos Jobim

Song: “Corcovado” Artist: Antônio Carlos Jobim Album: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (1963) For plush, indulgent Bossa nova that sounds crafted for a swanky cocktail hour, peep Latin jazz legend Antônio Carlos Jobim’s ’63 freshman studio album: a sleek, heartfelt array of now-staples (“The Girl From Ipanema”, “So Danco Samba”, “Agua De Beber”) and ever-understated deep cuts…

Gem of the Week: “All the Things You Are”-Oscar Peterson Trio

Song: “All the Things You Are” Artist: The Oscar Peterson Trio Album: Another Day (1970) Sultry piano isn’t a genre, and it wasn’t in 1970, either. But if it was, late jazz artist Oscar Peterson could’ve been originator and gatekeeper. Coined as the “Maharaja of the keyboard”, the Canadian legend’s early training regimen was purely classical:…

Gem of the Week: “Bra”-Cymande

Song: “Bra” Artist: Cymande Album: Cymande (1972) As far as Afro-Brit 70s funk goes, Cymande takes the cake for cuckoo rhythms and multi-cultural dimension. Flavored with vibrant, West Indies percussion, Jamaican tempos, Calypso-ed out vocals—and hollow, electric American familiarity to neutralize the bongo-heavy atmosphere—the free-flowing 9-piece, though now dissolved, brought all their roots to the surface…

Gem of the Week: “Four On Six”-Wes Montgomery

Song: “Four On Six” Artist: Wes Montgomery Album: Impressions (1965) Wes Montgomery is just as much ‘Jazz God’ as Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and all the genre’s other ’50s/’60s essentials…though perhaps less often credited as so. By 1965, jazz’ turn to spicier, South American-flavored sounds and fidgety tempos had diminished the popularity of slow, softer…

Gem of the Week: “Resolution”-John Coltrane

Song: “Resolution” Artist: John Coltrane Album: A Love Supreme (1965) One of the most masterful brains of avant-garde jazz, John Coltrane and his sax-wielding were accompanied by unmatched ease and emotion. Every band session, LP, and private concert a new and fresh, nose-first dive into sound experiment, the ever-relevant artist’s approach was bracingly wild and unrehearsed–and today,…

Gem of the Week: “Hang On To Your Love”-Sade

Song: “Hang On To Your Love” Artist: Sade Album: Diamond Life (1984) As elevator-R&B crept its way into mid-to-late 1980s radio, the exotic, glossy-toned Sade couldn’t have seized a better role than queen of the newborn genre. Oozing an unfound tropical vogue that could enchant any instrumental—jazz, pop, or otherwise, the singer’s unprocessed approach to vocals…

[Acid-Jazz-Hop is a Thing]: ‘Never Catch Me’-Flying Lotus x Kendrick Lamar

On September 3rd, the otherworldly producer Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) invited K-Dot onto an instrumental…and what ensued was a jazz-infused, psychotropic ear-blowout of a track, tailor-made for a hip hop-inclined martian. It works, though. The usually Electronic-leaning beats-maker takes an extremely urban-fusion turn on “Never Catch Me”, while Kendrick rides shotgun. Divergent, jewelry-store piano riffs…