The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer's new jazz site.
The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!