Friday, November 12, 2010

Nnenna Freelon & The Beast Fuze Jazz & Hip Hop on

If you've followed this blog a while, then you know I'm a Nnnenna Freelon fan! Not just 'cause she lives in my home state of North Carolina or throws great parties, or is a great cook! I'm not a fan either because she gives back to her various communities and created a program called BabySongs Workshop that taught new parents how to communicate with babies through music.

All those things are GREAT, but I became a Nnenna Freelon fan 'cause of her music first. I love how she combines traditional jazz styling with various other genres of music including Hip Hop, pop, and reggae.

Recently I literally stumbled across this on Twitter and decided to post it here. Why? Cause it's Nnenna and it's great music! 'Nuff said! But more than that, this is the first video from this project combining the talents of Nnenna and The Beast called, "Freedom Suite". He's also her son! Yeah, he's gets it from his mamma!

In the tradition of Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, and Guru's "Jazzmatazz", this album fuses live acoustic jazz with Hip Hop. SO TURN UP THE VOLUME ON YOUR COMPUTER, BOB YA HEADS TO THIS AND SUPPORT IT, COP IT LEGALLY HERE!

"Freedom Suite" also includes five contemporary interpretations of "standards" from the jazz and Hip-Hop cannon, including arrangements of Mos Def's Umi Says, Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Charmichael's Skylark, Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop and a tribute to Guru featuring selections from his Jazzmatazz catalogue, inspired by Robert Glasper's J-Dilla tribute, Dillalude", writes, a music blog. Here's a little more info from The Beast himself:

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