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Common – Can i borrow a dollar

Welcome back to our 6th appointment. Let’s start immediately with “Can i borrow a dollar” by Common, released in 1992. The debut album of the conscious rapper par excellence, is actually quite disconnected from the awareness that will impregnate the Chicago rapper’s lyrics from “Resurrection” onwards. His goal here was only to put his name on the map, making great pieces and showing off those qualities that made him one of the longest-running M.Cs ever. Here music is the great protagonist, samples, & nbsp; classic keyboards and breaks fit perfectly with our style thanks to the great contribution of No.I.D. (here he still called himself Immenslope) Pump up “Take It EZ”, “Breaker 1/9” and “Just in the Nick of Rhyme” if you’ve never done it.

Edoardo Bennato – Edo Rinnegato

In 1990 Edoardo Bennato stayed 8 days in the studio with his 12-string Eko guitar, a harmonica, a few tambourines and a couple of friends. A few months later this “Edo Rinnegato” comes out, which is not a simple collection of his successes. These are his best songs revisited in an acoustic key in the studio, live, which is the dimension that best renders the idea of ​​this multifaceted, contradictory and bewildered artist. Part “Venderò” and you understand the magic is there, intact and tangible. Even the cover designed by Bennato himself is equally magical. If they asked me for a record to start from to understand the strength of this artist, I would tell them to start from here.

Weather Report – Black Market

About artists and records that make you exclaim “but how the heck do they do?” “Black Market” is my favorite Weather Report disc and I must say that it is very difficult for me to choose between their discography. But here there is magic. 1976. The formation is that of Dream Team with Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul and Chester Thompson. Music, I don’t know if it’s jazz, fusion, rock, progressive or whatever you want, it’s like something you put on the record, close your eyes and fly. And then after what seemed like a hundred seconds to your brain and instead it’s twenty minutes you must already change sides.

Common – Can i borrow a dollar

Bentornati al nostro 6° appuntamento. Partiamo subito con “Can i borrow a dollar” di Common, uscito nel 1992. L’album d’esordio del rapper conscious per eccellenza, in realtà è abbastanza slegato dalla consapevolezza che impregnerà i testi del rapper di Chicago da “Resurrection” in poi. Il suo obiettivo qui era solo mettere il proprio nome sulla mappa, facendo grandi pezzi e mettendo in mostra quelle doti che lo hanno reso un degli M.C più longevi di sempre. Ecco la musica è la grande protagonista, samples, tastiere e break classici si incastrano perfettamente con lo stile del nostro grazie al grande contributo di No.I.D. (qui ancora si faceva chiamare Immenslope) Pompatevi“Take It EZ”, “Breaker 1/9” e “Just in the Nick of Rhyme” se non lo avete mai fatto.

Edoardo Bennato – Edo Rinnegato

Nel 1990 Edoardo Bennato si chiude 8 giorni in studio con la sua chitarra Eko 12 corde, un armonica, qualche tamburello e un paio di amici. Pochi mesi dopo esce questo “Edo Rinnegato” che non è una semplice raccolta dei suoi successi. Sono le sue canzoni migliori rivisitate in chiave acustica in studio, in presa diretta, che è la dimensione che più rende l’idea di questo poliedrico, contraddittorio e stralunato artista. Parte “Venderò” e capisci la magia è lì, intatta e tangibile. Anche la copertina disegnata dallo stesso Bennato è altrettanto magica. Se mi chiedessero un disco da cui partire per capire la forza di questo artista, gli direi di partire da qui.

Weather Report – Black Market

A proposito di artisti e dischi che ti fanno esclamare “ma come diamine fanno?” “Black Market” è il mio disco preferito dei Weather Report e devo dire che per me è difficilissimo scegliere tra la loro discografia. Ma qui c’è proprio la magia. 1976. La formazione è quella da Dream Team con Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul e Chester Thompson. La musica, io non lo so se è jazz, fusion, rock, progressive o quello che volete voi, è tipo un qualcosa che metti su il disco, chiudi gli occhi e voli. E poi dopo quelli che al tuo cervello sono sembrati un centinaio di secondi ed invece sono venti minuti devi già cambiare lato.

2Pac – Thug Life

Welcome to our now usual Monday appointment: Kato’s Gems # 5. In 1994 2Pac (R.I.P.) put together a group of trusted friends and collaborators (Big Syke, brother Mopreme, Macadoshis and Rated R) and gave birth to “Thug Life Volume 1”, the first and unfortunately only album of this formation. Here is the most conscious 2Pac, the revolutionary who wanted to change things, far from the one who will conquer the world together with Death Row Records. The topics covered are important, with a tone to denounce the difficult living conditions in the ghetto, the atmospheres at times gloomy, very soulful and quite distant from the most popular G Funk, with productions of Easy Mo Bee, Stretch, Johnny J, Big Syke and Warren G. At that point, Pac was already a leading figure in the world of rap and cinema. He had made three major records and starred in such prominent films as Poetic Justice. Big Syke confessed that when he was assassinated in 1996, he already had plans to take advantage of the huge popularity gained with Death Row and release Thug Life Volume 2 for his label, Makaveli Records. My favorite tracks are “Pour out a little liquor” and “How long will they mourn me” produced by Warren G and with an always exceptional Nate Dogg (R.I.P.)

Wes Montgomery – Movin

The second album of the day is Wes Montgomery’s “Movin ‘Along”, released in 1960. This is a fairly hidden gem in the Montgomery catalog, which is accompanied by James Clay on the flute, Victor Feldman on the piano, Sam Jones on the bass and Louis Hayes on the drums. Four standards and two originals for this gem that returns the magic of one of the greatest guitarists in the history of jazz intact.

Gentle Giant – Free Hand

Sometimes discs need a little more listening to be fully understood. With Gentle Giant’s “Free Hand” this exactly was happened to me. The first time he shot on the plate it seemed confusing, almost pretentious. Obviously I didn’t understand anything. Kerry Minnear in 1975 is at the height of his genius and pushes on the accelerator of his perfect musical machine. Time changes, incredible melodies that intertwine progressive rock, jazz, folk and soul & nbsp; in an impeccable way, with medieval echoes and the xylophone to punctuate such beauty. It isn’t surprising that the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and the Premiata Forneria Marconi considered them masters, and were deeply influenced by them.

Emanuele De Raymondi

Il primo disco di questo quarto appuntamento di Kato’s Gems è “Ultimo domicilio” di Emanuele De Raymondi, uscito nel 2013 per ZeroKilled Music, etichetta fondata da un’altra artista italiana che ha trovato fortuna all’estero, Costanza Francavilla. Pianoforti trattati, archi sintetici e accenni post-glitch che segnano l’apice della creatività del compositore italiano. “Brooklyn” spazza via la malinconia, in bilico tra nascita e morte, tra elettronica e strumentazione classica. La copertina del fotografo Lorenzo Castore è il punto di partenza ideale dell’album, un viaggio attraverso luoghi di migrazione e di guerra.

Ti-Paris

Se sei un amante della musica haitiana o più in generale della musica dei Caraibi, questo è un disco che non può mancare nella tua collezione.
Immaginate un’estate rovente, una camicia hawaiana sbottonata, una cassetta di manghi ed un piccolo giradischi sgangherato. Ti-Paris è considerato il padre della musica haitiana e gruppi come The Troubadours, sono stati profondamente influenzati della sua musica. La prima stampa di questo disco è abbastanza costosa e rara da trovare, questa è una ristampa limited edition del 2014.

Dizzy Gillespie

L’ultimo disco di oggi è “Bahiana” di Dizzy Gillespie, uscito nel 1975. Negli anni ’40 fu uno dei primi artisti americani di rilievo ad interessarsi al latin jazz, ma questo disco è un vero tesoro nascosto, probabilmente il suo miglior lavoro di tutto il decennio. L’interesse per la Bossa Nova brasiliana era in gran parte scomparso, sostituito dal movimento del tropicalismo da una parte e dalla disco-fusion di Deodato dall’altra. Questo album invece, grazie anche al contributo di Paulinho Da Costa alle percussioni e del chitarrista Alexander Gafa, è incentrato su ritmi ipnotici e a tratti carnevaleschi.

Emanuele De Raymondi

The first album of this fourth round of Kato’s Gems is “Ultimo domicilio” by Emanuele De Raymondi, released in 2013 for ZeroKilled Music, a label founded by another Italian artist who has found luck abroad, Costanza Francavilla. Treated pianos, synthetic strings and post-glitch hints that mark the pinnacle of creativity of the Italian composer. “Brooklyn” clears away melancholy, poised between birth and death, between electronics and classical instrumentation. The cover of the photographer Lorenzo Castore is the ideal starting point of the album, a journey through places of migration and war.

Ti-Paris

If you are a lover of Haitian music or more generally of Caribbean music, this is a record that cannot be missing from your collection. Imagine a hot summer, an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt, a box of mangoes and a small ramshackle turntable. Ti-Paris is considered the father of Haitian music and bands like The Troubadours have been deeply influenced by his music. The first print of this record is quite expensive and rare to find, this is a 2014 limited edition reissue.

Dizzy Gillespie

Today’s latest record is Dizzy Gillespie’s “Bahiana”, released in 1975. In the 1940s he was one of the first major American artists to be interested in Latin jazz, but this record is a real hidden treasure, probably his best work in that decade. The interest in the Brazilian Bossa Nova had largely disappeared, replaced by the movement of tropicalism on one side and the disco-fusion of Deodato on the other one. This album instead, thanks also to the contribution of Paulinho Da Costa to percussion and the guitarist Alexander Gafa, is focused on hypnotic and, at times, carnivalesque rhythms.