"Switch Blade," Ellington, Mingus, Roach. One thing I love about jazz is that supergroups are so common. All the great Jazz legends have played with each other at some point, and without all (or at least less) of the bullshit in the music industry today, it wasn’t that difficult. This whole album has a feeling of fun and experimentation that only happens when friends come together to have a good time playing music.

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"Raja Haje" The Budos Band. An instrumental afrobeat revival group with a refreshing splash of hip hop. If any of you are familiar with the song "Ivory and Blue" by the Menahan Street Band, you will hear an inherent similarity in this song, and it won’t surprise you at all that MSB retains several members from the Budos Band.

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"Little Boy Blue" Bobby Bland. Released in 1961, this was the point in time where the blues hadn’t quite become Rock and Roll. Bland’s voice is still smooth and buttery just like Sinatra, but he also has a guitar in his hands. A master of the 12 bar form.

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"The Long March," Blue Scholars. When you hear the term "West Coast Hip Hop" you always think of Dre and Snoop crusin down the street in their bouncing low-rider, but this Seattle based hip hop duo show us that great hip hop comes from all across the west.

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Bettye Lavette “I’m Not The One,” This cover of the The Black Keys comes from an album called Thankful and Thoughtful, which is also the title of a Sly & The Family Stone song she covered on the album. As you may have guessed, this a cover album with a wide variety of styles for this golden-age soul singer to show us what she’s got.

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