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2Pac – Thug Life

Benvenuti al nostro ormai consueto appuntamento del lunedi: Kato’s Gems #5. Nel 1994 2Pac (R.I.P.) mise insieme un gruppo di amici e collaboratori fidati (Big Syke, il fratello Mopreme, Macadoshis e Rated R) e partorì “Thug Life Volume 1”, il primo e purtroppo unico disco di questa formazione. Qui c’è il 2Pac più conscious, il rivoluzionario che voleva cambiare le cose, distante da quello che conquisterà il mondo assieme alla Death Row Records. I temi trattati sono importanti, con un tono da denuncia delle difficili condizioni di vita nel ghetto, le atmosfere a tratti cupe, molto soul e abbastanza distanti dal G Funk più in voga, con produzioni di Easy Mo Bee, Stretch, Johnny J, Big Syke e Warren G. A quel punto Pac era già una personalità di spicco del mondo del rap e del cinema. Aveva fatto tre dischi importanti e aveva recitato in film di rilievo come Poetic Justice. Big Syke confessò che quando venne assassinato, nel 1996, aveva già in mente di sfruttare l’enorme popolarità acquisita con la Death Row e fare uscire il Volume 2 di Thug Life per la sua etichetta, la Makaveli Records. Le mie tracce preferite sono “Pour out a little liquor” e “How long will they mourn me” prodotta da Warren G e con un sempre eccezionale Nate Dogg (R.I.P.)

Wes Montgomery – Movin

Il secondo disco del giorno è “Movin’ Along” di Wes Montgomery, uscito nel 1960. Questa è una gemma abbastanza nascosta nel catalogo di Montgomery, che qui si fa accompagnare da James Clay al flauto, Victor Feldman al piano, Sam Jones al basso e Louis Hayes alla batteria. Quattro standard e due originali per questa chicca che restituisce intatta la magia di uno dei più grandi chitarristi della storia del jazz.

Gentle Giant – Free Hand

A volte i dischi hanno bisogno di qualche ascolto in più per essere capiti a fondo.
Con “Free Hand” dei Gentle Giant mi è successo esattamente questo. La prima volta che ha girato sul piatto mi è sembrato confusionario, quasi pretenzioso.
Ovviamente non ci avevo capito niente.
Kerry Minnear nel 1975 è all’apice del suo genio e spinge sull’acceleratore della sua perfetta macchina musicale.
Cambi di tempo, melodie incredibili che intrecciano rock progressive, jazz, folk e soul in maniera impeccabile, con echi medievali e lo xilofono a punteggiare cotanta bellezza.
Non stupisce che il Banco del Mutuo Soccorso e la Premiata Forneria Marconi li considerassero maestri e ne furono profondamente influenzati.

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.

Masta Ace Incorporated

The record of the day is “Slaughtahouse”, the first album released under the name Masta Ace Incorporated, in 1993. Masta Ace, legendary M.C. Juice Crew, is one of the best writers in the history of rap, still active and in good shape today. Here he was at the peak of his form and together with Lord Digga, Ice U Rock and the talented Paula Perry, he formed an unrepeatable working group, which led him to give birth to one of the best records of that golden age of rap. Gloomy and underground as New York imposed, but at the same time original in every aspect, from flow to production. Every beat is a brick. Every song is perfect. Each rhyme is to be studied in slow motion, aggressiveness and lyricism merged to the nth degree.

Esther Phillips – All About

Released in 1978. This is for me the record that closes the golden season of Esther Phillips, one of the most incredible and original voices ever. Between 1971 and 1978, she was super productive and inspired, churning out even more than one record a year. Randomly catch a disc of this incredible and tormented soul singer and find yourself, without a shadow of a doubt, in your hands a masterpiece. This, together with “Alone Again” is my favorite album, with exceptional musicians (Harvey Mason is on drums). Heartbreaking melodies, funk riffs to lighten the soul and blues that pervades all his music. The queen track of the album is for me “There You Go Again” very stylish, with a long spoken intro.

Elvin Jones

An interesting record for you beatmeker is Elvin Jones’ “Brother John”, released in 1982. Not just a jazz musician, but one of the greatest drummers in the history of music in general, who has influenced many artists and has put his mark on some great masterpieces. In the sixties he was a member of the John Coltrane Quartet, and he is the drummer on “A Love Supreme”. In this album he assembles a formidable rhythmic section together with the bassist Reggie Workman, and is helped by the pianist Kenny Kirkland and by Pat LaBarbera on the sax. Just the latter is the other great protagonist of the album appearing in perfect shape, with a style influenced by Coltrane but not derivative. Obviously there are so many interesting drum solos for a record that once again reveals all the greatness of Elvin Jones.

Iomos Marad – Deep Rooted

A hidden gem of the underground rap of the early 2000s introduces the second post of this column. If you know (and love) J-Live, Lone Catalysts and All Natural this album will simply drive you crazy. The conscious trend of rap in those years expressed some excellences (and many more cliché). On the road of Common, Black Star and Roots, many artists expressed a wider musicality than was the case in the mainstream, accompanying it with messages and texts that induced listeners to reflect. Iomos Marad in 2003 made a masterpiece. Part of the production was entrusted to Dug Infinite, a name that will appear unknown to most, but which in Chicago is actually considered a master and pioneer of the beatmaking. He produced Common, Masta Ace, Baby Bam of the Jungle Brothers, co-produced many tracks for No. ID, and is the mentor of a certain Kanye West. But the undisputed protagonist is Iomos Marad, liquid flow, musicality, soul, great refrains. One of those spells that only happen once in an artist’s career.

Ami Shavit

A name that should not remain unknown to fans of electronics and experimental music is that of Ami Shavit. An established Israeli artist and professor of philosophy and art, Ami’s main focus was on technology-related art; in particular being able to insert an emotional space into something mechanical. A great collector of synthesizers, he has tried to combine his love for Tangerine Dream and Philip Glass with the interest in the biofeedback technique, a process in which technology is used to transmit information on the functions of the body to allow a change in physiological activity in order to manipulate it. Along with understanding the alpha brain wave, Ami embarked on an experiment with what he called “Alpha Mood”, a state in which the brain works in relaxation and in which it used music as a means of inducing a meditative state.

Lavern Baker

One of the singers who favored the transition from jazz to rhythm and blues was Lavern Baker, who in 1956 made a beautiful debut album. An artist with a tormented history, he had a long history of lawsuits and unpaid royalties. She lived 22 years in a naval base in the Philippines where she was treated for pneumonia after a trip to Vietnam, organizing shows and performing herself. In 1992 both legs were amputated because of diabetes, but she continued to perform until the end of her days with her powerful and nuanced voice.