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Between Thoughts With Gabriela Quintero

Grammy Award winning duo Rodrigo y Gabriela grew up on an eclectic mix of classic rock, heavy metal & flamenco, a rare alchemy of influences that still informs their work today. Not long after the dissolution of their first band, the two musicians set off with their acoustic guitars and ended up in Ireland, where they soon ran out of money and began busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street — a turn of events that led to their crossing paths with Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice, who then asked them to open for him at an early headline show. As they developed their distinct breed of guitar music, Rodrigo y Gabriela quickly gained recognition for their extraordinary live show and made their full-length debut with 2002’s ‘re-Foc’. Along with turning out eight additional acclaimed & kaleidoscopic albums over the years: including Area 52 (a 2012 effort made with a Cuban orchestra), 9 Dead Alive (a 2014 release that spotlighted their more rock leaning sensibilities) and the 2020 Grammy winning Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, ‘Mettavolution’, the duo has cemented their status as a globally renowned live act. Among their many successes: performing at The White House for the President and First Lady of Mexico at a 2010 event hosted by Barack Obama; headlining the Jazz World stage at Glastonbury; selling out major venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Sydney Opera House; and performing to massive crowds in such far-flung cities as Tokyo & Paris. 2023 sees the release of their most ambitious project yet, ‘In Between Thoughts…A New World’, which features their signature dual guitar attack augmented by a full orchestra, and a corresponding world tour. This eagerly awaited and first full-length collection in four years, “In Between Thoughts…A New World” arrives as one of the duo’s most revelatory offerings yet, a spontaneously composed unified work primed to bring about the same expansion of consciousness that inspired its creation. Self-produced at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico, the album includes such singles as “The Eye That Catches The Dream,” “Egoland,” & “Descending To Nowhere,” the latter joined by an official music video, directed by acclaimed Mexican filmmaker/broadcaster Olallo Rubio. A 2,000 unit limited edition custom color deluxe 2xLP vinyl edition is available exclusively at shop.rodgab.com featuring a translucent “Galaxy” custom colored LP alongside a bonus LP collecting all nine tracks from last year’s deeply metaphysical Stages project on opaque “Galaxy” custom colored vinyl in a gatefold package. Some things are born for vinyl.

I had the amazing opportunity to have a conversation with Gabriela Quintero ahead of the June 14th Rodrigo y Gabriela event here in Madison at The Orpheum Theater. We started out by giving major props ot the entire crew on this tour for being able to put forth a most elaborate stage setting, that follows the story of the album and the music. Then we dive into what the show will feel like for those in attendance to go with those visuals and the story. Now, I will always say “Don’t miss when Rodrigo y Gabriela are in town, you’ll be blown away by the entire package of the event, but this one, based on the drive of this new record, the stage scenes and the artists, will take a new piece of cake for our enjoyment. We spend a good amount of time discussing the new record. it is not every day an artist tells you they didn’t really consider what fans/others will think of the music since the end of the world was coming. That was part of the approach on some, let’s call it research and development that went on with this album. The went electric at times, even!! We talk about the making of the ‘Descending To Nowhere’ video and the meaning, and energy that went into its creation and the practice of traditional Eastern spiritual meditation as a tool in the toolbox as artists, world travelers and people of plant Earth. I waiting a long time to finally catch up with one of these two great people and it certainly did not disappoint and with this new album, I think the timing for me was perfect.

A Rebirth With Lakecia Benjamin

Voted by 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising star Alto Saxophonist and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of Jazz, HipHop, & Soul. Her electric presence and fiery sax work has shared stages with several legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, & The Roots. A streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia first picked up the saxophone at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. From there she joined the renowned jazz program at New York’s New School University. However, even at that early stage, she was already playing with renowned jazz figures like Clark Terry & Reggie Workman, which introduced her to opportunities to play and tour with an array of artists such as Rashied Ali, Christian Mcbride, Gregory Porter & James “Blood” Ulmer. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with such acclaimed artists as Anita Baker. Lakecia’s album ‘Pursuance’ is an intergenerational masterpiece that takes one on a journey through the lineage of the music with the works of John and Alice Coltrane. Benjamin pays homage to those who have come before by featuring innovative bandleaders of her generation, such as, Reggie Workman (Coproducer and playing ), Ron Carter, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridegwater, Meshell Ndegecello, Regina Carter, Bertha Hope, Last Poets, Greg Osby, Steve Wilson, John Benitez, Marc Cary, Marcus Gilmore, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, Brandee Younger, Georgia Anne Muldrow, & Jazzmeia Horn. Phoenix, her fourth and latest studio album, dropped on January 27, 2023 via Whirlwind Recordings. The far-reaching new album finds the tour-de-force saxophonist in a poised & profoundly individual position alongside an all-star cast of musicians. The album was produced by the multi-Grammy-award winning Terri Lyne Carrington and features a star-studded line up of specially curated guests Dianne Reeves, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Patrice Rushen, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis & Wayne Shorter (R.I.P.). The band is composed of trumpeter Josh Evans, Victor Gould on keys, Orange Rodriguez on synths, drummer Enoch (EJ) Strickland, percussionist Nêgah Santos & bassist Ivan Taylor. Trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr, Rhodes organist Anastassiya Petrova & bassist Jahmal Nichols all join for one track each.

I had the complete honor of chatting it up a little bit with one of my favorite new artists doing that thanG that makes me see it as much as I feel it. We are once again really lucky to have such amazing artists come spend a little time with us, this time as part of the 2023 Madison Jazz Festival on June 17th at Shannon Hall in the Wisconsin Union. Lakecia and I talk quick about her great grandpa and his 100th birthday and his belief in her (and her first sax). We dive into a little bit of what this event could feel and sound like for event goers. We got into possibly one of her most ‘rebirth’ moments and talked a nit about her car accident and how the tragic part of life was something that united her with the trials of others. We seed to flower ‘Phoenix’, and dissect a track or two, she gives major props to her producer, the legendary Terri Lynn Carrington, on how she worked and reeled Lakecia back in. We talk about Mr. Wayne Shorter‘s voice addition to ‘Supernova’ and how that went down is a cool tale for sure. The cool thing about when Lakecia made her setlist for the listeners, even after we sorta closed out our conversation, she was still thinking about how to build the best set for listeners and added one more (I swear she’s reading my sets/mind). This!!


The final part of the proGram was in full exposure to the world.

Since A Hatchet Was A Hammer- Dan Wilson
Birdlike- Dan Wilson
Windmills- Brandee Younger Ft. 9th Wonder
Dust- Brandee Younger Ft. Meshell Ndegeocello

Rebirth- Lakecia Benjamin
***pre-recorded conversation with Lakecia Benjamín***
Lakecia Benjamin Supernova- Lakecia Benjamin Ft. Wayne Shorter
Amerikkan Skin- Lakecia Benjamin Ft. Angela Davis

Virgo- Meshell Ndegeocello Ft. Brandee Younger & Julius Rodriguez
The Giddy Aquatic- Salami Rose Joe Louis
Dimensional Collapse- Salami Rose Joe Louis
Nirvana- Daktyl & Benni Ola

Beyond the Body- Common Factor
Middle-Class Lady- Snooze x Mr. Scruff

Just About To

The middle portion of the proGram went all the way to the point of the bursting:

Scarlet Begonias-Dave McMurray Ft. Oteil Burbridge
China Cat Sunflower- Dave McMurray

New Suit- The Rumble & Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. (live at The Maple Leaf)
***pre-recorded conversation with Aurélien Barnes of The Rumble***
My People- The Rumble & Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. (live at The Maple Leaf)

Spirit People- Bokani Dyer Ft. Amaeshi Ikechi
Move On- Bokani Dyer
Wash Your Hands!- Cyro Baptista
477- Cyro Baptista Ft. Sergio Krakowski

Hot Ska Dub- Dubmatix
Min For The Future- Zion Train
Governs Of Africa- Kwabena Ft. Marcia Griffiths
Lee “Scratch” Perry Is The Dub Organizer (New Ark Mix)- Subatomic Sound System, Lee “Scratch” Perry & Screechy Dan

Soon Unfolding

The 1st part of this week’s proGram was ready for the rebirth.

Egoland- Rodrigo y Gabriela
Jumping Out Of My Skin- Casey Neill & The Norway Rats w/Corin Tucker & Jenny Conlee

Beyond Borders- The Ready-Mades
On the Loose- The Ready-Mades
Untitled Visions- Monophonics w/Kendra Morris
Astral-Desia- Whatitdo Archive Group
Delirium- Whatitdo Archive Group

B1: Provaci anche tu Lionel- Paolo Ormi
A1: L’altro Dio- Alessando Alessandroni
La Tartana (Whodamanny -short night version)- Francesco Fisotti

The Rumble Bring NOLA To Marquette Waterfront Festival

On Mardi Gras morning, your eyes may feast on the intricate & elaborate beadwork of the Indians as they dance down the street, but the first thing you’ll hear when they make their way toward you is the back line, known as “the rumble”. Featuring 6 Grammy-nominated musicians, The Rumble is more than just a band — it is an opportunity to be immersed in a wholly unique facet of New Orleans culture. Composed of Second Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. of the Golden Eagles, trumpeter Aurélien Barnes, trombonist José Maize Jr., bassist TJ Norris, guitarist Ari Teitel, keyboardist Andriu Yanovski, and drummer Trenton O’Neal, the group fuses iconic New Orleans funk in the vein of The Meters & The Neville Brothers — but updated, modern & vibrant befitting the next generation with electrifying brass and the singular visual splendor of the Black Masking carnival tradition. Their live show is a symphony of rich color & propulsive sound, with each member sharing vocal duties and engaging the audience in the classic Mardi Gras Indian-style call-and-response chanting. The group pays homage to trailblazers like Wild Magnolias & Golden Eagles, both of which featured the vocal stylings of Boudreaux’s father, Monk Boudreaux. The Rumble continues the fight to preserve the legacies and traditions of the community for the next generation while bringing new layers of depth to their live performance. The Rumble provides audiences with not only a top-tier musical event, but a chance to participate in a culture that, while deeply rooted in centuries-old tradition, is thriving and evolving through the active work of this next generation of bold and passionate culture-bearers.

I had the pleasure of connecting with Aurélien Barnes ahead of The Rumble’s June 10th headlining set at the Marquette Waterfront Festival. We get deep into what the party this band will be bringing with it to Madison should look and sound like. We dive head and ear first into the band’s debut album, “Live At The Maple Leaf” and how the band went from being within the entity know as Cha Wa to to where they are proudly representing the past, present and future of the complete NOLA scene as The Rumble. We talk a little about a couple of the many cool traditoions that come with this world that we get to share in stories of. Aurélien makes up a setlist that would definitely keep the listeners tuned in and wanting more, just like we will feel when The Rumble do their thanG on June 10th.

Photo by Tiffany Anderson

The Big Ideas With Kassa Overall

Kassa Overall is a Grammy-nominated musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip hop production techniques to tilt the worlds of jazz & hip hop on the sides of a whole different shared space. The now Seattle-based musician’s latest album, ‘Animals’, soon to be released as his Warp Records debut, features a bevy of underground hip-hop legends (Danny Brown, Lil B, Shabazz Palaces) and jazz musicians (including pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpet player Theo Croker).

I had the honor of getting a little time to discuss Kassa Overall’s upcoming set as part of the 2023 Madison Jazz Festival, with his performant landing at the beautiful terrace on July 17th. We got into what people can close their eyes and open their minds to as part of what his set is sure to bring in that shared time. This time toGether, on the lake in Madison reminded Kassa of his younger days heading to Madison to visit family (a surprise twist for most Wisconsin folks perhaps) and how he knows the openness of a Madison crowd. We talked about how the new album, ‘Animals’ came together from idea through the soon to bloom for all sonic flower, and also dissected a track “The Lava Is Calm” which features Kherek Bischoff & Theo Croker. After I peeped the video/documentary The Drums Will Protect You, I was left a little speechless and Kassa helps word form in my mind. Before letting him go, I was sure to get his thought on his recent hangs and shows with Digable Planets, now…that’s something to think about. Kassa is so real in his worlds as a entertainer and that as a human…I am honored he took a little time to let me in and share a tiny bit. #Respect.

Head Grown

The second half of the final Spring open schedule fill-in took good care of what your eyes were seeing.

Livin’ and Lovin’- Brandee Younger Ft. Pete Rock

Make My Way Back Home- Kassa Overall Ft. Nick Hakim & Theo Croker
***pre-recorded conversation with Kassa Overall***
The Lava Is Calm- Kassa Overall Ft. Theo Croker
Ready To Ball- Kassa Overall

Golden Dust- Grandbrothers
North/South- Grandbrothers

ASR- Meshell Ndegeocello Ft. Jeff Parker
Virgo 3- Meshell Ndegeocello Ft. Oliver Lake (Arr.), Mark Guiliana, Brandee Younger, Josh Johnson
Dawn- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Kaleidoscope- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Mind Melder (Sunday Night)- Troy Roberts Ft. Tim Jago/Silvano Monasterios/Eric England/David Chiverton (Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival)

Annnnd Blown

The first half of the final Spring Open Schedule fillin-in knew what you wanted to do.

The Healing Power of Grits- Michael Feinberg Ft. Noah Preminger, Nasheet Waits, Leo Genovese & Dave Liebman
Tapestry Rhythm Spirit- Joe Lovano’s Trio
Polymorphous- Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble Ft. Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Rule of Thirds- Alex Weitz
Quem Sabe- Luiz Millan Ft. Ada Rovatti
Empress Afternoon- ARTEMIS

Man and His Fish- Yelena Eckemoff Ft. Kirk Knuffke, Masaru Koga, Ben Street & Eric Harland
Uneri- Taiko Saito
Miss D.D. (Version 2)- Cecilia Smith

You’re Stronger Than You Think (Revisit)- GoGo Penguin
Glow- GoGo Penguin

Twist The Ends

The final part of this week’s proGram, had a look as if things were about to.

Cambalache- Magalí Sare & Manel Fortia Ft. David Domínguez
Rench- Triberg
Hukai- Ramuntcho Matta
Wallaroo- Ramuntcho Matta

No Eyes To See- More Ghost Than Man
An Earthly Groove- Gemini
Mess Of Afros (Glenn Underground RMX)- Q-Burns Abstract Message
No Hustle- DJ Morpheus Vs. The Bassbin Twins
Farewell to Midnight- Eric Hilton Ft. Puma Ptah

La Bamba- Cyro Baptista Ft. Romero Lubambo
Annuntiatio- Cyro Baptista Ft. Laurie Anderson
Lawn Mower- SexMob
Club Pythagorean- SexMob

Ringin’ A New Bell

The middle part of this week’s proGram liked the sound of this one.

Mississippi Kind- Little Bobby
Weed Blues- Little Bobby

I Miss You So- Samara Joy
Little Mushroom- Pierce Freelon & Nnenna Freelon
Build an Altar- Pierce Freelon & Nnenna Freelon Ft. Las Cafeteras
Sun Ra Throws a Brick Through a Jazz Window- Tony Adamo

It’s Gonna Be Alright- Carlton Jumel Smith
Cry To Me- Jessie Wagner
Good Love- Aphrose
Red Flag- The Everettes
Stanky Funk- The Allergies Ft. Bootie Brown

**pre-recorded conversation with Bob Queen of The Sessions At McPike Park**
Descarga Xiomara- Xiomara Laugart
***pre-recorded conversation with Xiomara Laugart***
Nadie Se Salva De La Rumba- Xiomara Laugart

The Frizzall

The first part of this week’s proGram kept its ends in line.

Wisecrack- Michael Jerome Browne
Argentina- The Bayonets
Post Apocalypso- The Bayonets & Brian Ray

Supernovae- decker.
Lucy- The Gladdics
Bottle of Clouds- Steve Bruce Roberts

greenarrowradio promo- Gráinne Duffy
Rise Above- Gráinne Duffy
The Real Thang- Tomiko Dixon
Messin’ Round In Da Bayou- Lady J Huston
500 Pounds Good Gizzy- Lady J Huston

I’m The Man Down There- Lil Jimmy Reed w/Ben Levin
Cincinnati’s The Place To Be- Lil Jimmy Reed w/Ben Levin
Dr. Feelgood- Kelli Baker

Xiomara Laugart: The Voice Of Cuba

Originally from the Guantanamo province of Cuba, Xiomara Laugart began her career at the age of 15, performing several different expressions of traditional and contemporary Cuban music. She had an extensive career performing nueva trova music in Cuba and has recorded over 17 albums. Xiomara’s remarkable fluidity allowed her to interpret musical genres from the traditional to contemporary Cuban music. Her son, the versatile human/artist, Axel Tosca benefitted from a wide range of musical experiences growing up in Cuba, winning several piano competitions before moving to the U.S. in 2005 where he continued his education at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Together, they’ve become two of the most globally recognized musical representatives of Cuban culture and song. Those who have entered Cuba through Jose Marti International Airport in Havana will know that upon arrival, they are greeted by beautiful video images of Old Havana on TV screens and the sultry voice of Xiomara Laugart singing “Hoy mi Habana”. This is not a coincidence. Xiomara is known as the “Voice of Cuba.” She has been representing her country and her people at venues aroundAt the turn of the millenium, Xiomara moved to New York City and became the lead vocalist of the band Yerba Buena. The group received a Grammy nomination in 2003 for their first album President Alien. Music from the album can be heard in the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and in Pepsi commercials. In 2007, Xiomara left Yerba Buena and embarked on an adventure that held the enormous responsibility of representing one of the most important figures in Latin culture, Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa Music, in the first ever theatre production of CELIA: The Life & Music of Celia Cruz.

I had the honor and pleasure of catching up with Xiomara Laugart ahead of her headlining set on June 17th at The Sessions At McPike Park. She helps convey a little pre-show image of what emotions and styles we can expect in the Madison sunshine from her and her son Alex’ trio. Xiomara shares a bit of a personal story of her dad and how she recalls getting the ‘music’ in her from bedtime songs and we talk about how she keeps up with the times to be able to blend the old with the new. She credits her son Axel for a lot of that. We talk about her/his open mindedness towards all sounds and the experiences of working with others (Roy Hargrove, Louis Vega etc.) gives the assist in being able to do so for both of them. This is going to be one to remember on the lawns of McPike Park as Cuba and beyond come to Madison.

Behind Some Scenes Of The Sessions At McPike Park

Located in the heart of the isthmus in Madison, WI, McPike Park is a nearly six-acre park, formerly known at Central Park and was officially renamed in April 2018 at a dedication ceremony honoring longtime East High School principal, Milton McPike. The Sessions at McPike Park are free events that benefit seven non-profits in the local community. Each of these non-profit organizations have a day to promote their programs and this amazing festival of events funnel funds to these organizations through their raffles, auctions, and profit-sharing plans. Not only is there a wide variety of musical entertainment to satisfy most attendees tastes, the Sessions features a fine array of local food and product vendors to keep the tastebuds alive and keep a body fueled for fun. This event is family-friendly!

I had the chance to catch up with the Sessions’ creator, CEO and Events coordinator, Bob Queen to talk a little about how the Sessions At McPike Park was born into pour community and how every step, each year is always an adventure.. Bob shares his beginnings from a goat farmer thrust into some uncharted territory, including a neighborhood festival to operate. Years and stories later, here we are. Bob shares a little about how he has surrounded himself with people who help bring high quality acts from out in the world to us here in Madison and how a blending takes place with local artists and entertainment. At the heart if everything really feels like a shared pursuit of happiness and community. As we all sit, stand, dance and groove to the performances on stage, we remind festival goers that there are so many steps to keep an event like this not only afloat, but prospering. Take a peek at some of the vendors and partners that help make such an event go and hey, come on over for a little found happiness.

Brighten Tha Day

The second half to the open-schedule fill-in proGram remembered when these colors were just fine.

Backslider- Pigeon
That Rainy Dawn (Winter)- Eje Eje
Tazidert- Bombino
Don’t Believe the Dancers- Tony Allen & Adrian Younge

Makossa No. 2- Lord Echo
Be Thankful- Lord Echo Ft. Lisa Tomlins
Seek & Destroy- Great Revivers
Fleet Streak- Kerbside Collection

AfrikSky- Cyro Baptista
Gato Morto…Gotta Move- Cyro Baptista Ft. Todd Clouser
Can’t See A Thing- Graham Czach Ft. Angelo Moore
The Everlasting Gobstopper- The Veldt

Uptown- The Rumble Ft. Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. (live)
Up Until The Morning- The Rumble Ft. Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. (live)

Anywhere On The

Did an extra open-schedule set of music. The 1st half rode any color of the maGic.

A New Spring- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
What May Come- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Roll The Credits- Danielle Ponder
Fly, Goodbye- Silky Steps Ft. Robert Linna

Good Hair Day- Simon Mavin
Happy Feelings- Stuart Zender Ft. Omar & Ana Tijoux
Singlularity- WheelUP Ft. Abacus & Steelo
Selfish Soul (ODESZA Remix)- Sudan Archives

Space- Tammy Glover

People Get Ready- Dorian Holley & Nayanna Holley & Kaveh Rastegar

Give Life Back To Music (Studio Outtakes)- Daft Punk
زنّوبيا Part 4 – Hayeed an El Jeshe – Love and Resistance – حيد عن الجيشي- Zenobia Ft. Rina Kardosh
Destello- Captain Planet & Tagua Tagua
Pambelé- Captain Planet & Tagua Tagua

Ready To Burst

The final part of this week’s proGram was definitely holding something back.

Better Broken- Devon Gilfillian
Money- Shorey
Holding My Breath- Atmosphere

Love Each Other- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Ft. SKRIBE Da GOD
Eyes Can See- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Ft. Blakkamoore
So Fragile- Michael Whalen Ft. Michael Brook/Karsh Kale/Michael Manring/Jeff Oster
Constellation- Cyro Baptista
Paramaribo- Cyro Baptista Ft. Clay Ross

Hydrogen- Sirintip

Milford- Jeff Coffin Ft. Johnny Vidacovich
Yusef- Jeff Coffin Ft. Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton & Tony Dagradi
The Bakehouse- Duncan Eagles Ft. Zoe Pascal, Max Luthert & Tomasz Bura
Gratitude- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Thru That Yellow

Mid part of the proGram sped on thru like it was on the way to the scene.

What I Feel- Bruce Katz Band
All About That- Bruce Katz Band
Feel So Bad- Joe Krown Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Tribute to Fess- Joe Krown

Delete- Joe Marcinek Band
Melameter- Joe Marcinek Band
A Return From Ashes- The Ironsides
West Wind- The Ironsides
Scram- Izo FitzRoy

Sho’nuff- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
**pre-recorded conversation with Lati & Alison of BFE**
Intuition- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Unkissed- Brooklyn Funk Essentials

Feel the Beat- Moongold
Mankind?- Sunbörn Ft. Ida Nielsen & BIGYUKI


The first part of this week’s proGram had a lay down eyeline.

Lean On Me- Stephen Stills (Live At Berkley ’71)
You Don’t Have To Cry- Stephen Stills Ft. David Crosby (Live At Berkley ’71)

Cedro- Bike Ft. Guilherme Held
A Queda do Céu- Bike
Cumbia Mahàre- Psyché
Crystal Hall- Temples
Lai-ha Lam- The Len Price 3
Viva Viva- The Len Price 3

Riff II- Soft Machine (live)
Gesolreut- Soft Machine (live)

greenarrowradio promo- Brad GUITAR Wilson
Strong Taste- Ana Popovic
Ride It- Ana Popovic
Hey Milky Eyes- Bohannons

The Intuition Of Brooklyn Funk Essentials

Across a career that stretches thirty years & seven albums, Brooklyn Funk Essentials have established themselves as an audacious project, combining soul, hip hop, spoken word, jazz, Latin & of course, THA’ funk. The band have built up a loyal international cult following on every continent since inception in 1993 by iconic producer Arthur Baker and bassist Lati Kronlund. BFE was born out of New York’s buzzing hip hop, jazz & slam poetry scenes in the early 90s, rotating some of the finest musicians, DJs, poets, rappers and singers. BFE’s celebrated debut album ‘Cool & Steady & Easy’ (Dorado/RCA 1995) scored an underground hit with the version of Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas’ ‘The Creator Has a Master Plan’, while tracks like ‘Take The L Train’ & ‘Big Apple Boogaloo’ became DJ favorites. Brooklyn Funk Essentials have just served up their 7th long player ‘Intuition’, as they tour the UK & Europe. It is a master-crafted collection of R&B, discofunk, poly-riddims, infectious funk stompers with pop-laced hooks & the true, real, good vibes as we’ve come to digg, on Dorado Records. Brooklyn Funk Essentials’ first long player since 6th album ‘Stay Good’ in 2019, ‘Intuition’ sees BFE lay out their new ‘all killer no filler’ collection across 8 tracks of laid back grooves & arrangements that still remain cool, steady & easy. Alison Limerick (vocals), Desmond Foster (guitar, vocals), Ebba Âsman (trombone, backing vocals), Hux Nettermalm (drums, percussion), Kristoffer Wallman (keys, vibraphone and synths) and bandleader Lati Kronlund (bass, guitars, keys and producer) deliver a confident and vibrant set of originals. The release day focus & title track ‘Intuition’ is a hook-laden jam with hints of Brubeck, Chaka Khan & Nino Rota, featuring Alison Limerick and guitarist Desmond Foster on soulful vocals and Hux’s funky drummer beats It follows up the recent 4th single from the album ‘Rollin’, which was playlisted by Jazz FM for four weeks. Both of which, Lati & Alison discuss in our below conversation.

I had the honor of chatting with Alison and Lati about the creation of this perfectly timed new record. A little notice. Brooklyn Funk Essentials has been a mainstay on my person turntable for years – just a sound that stuck with me early and never let go. We got into how the natural flow of the sound sort of took over when this album was born and raised up. We dissect a couple of tracks and that’s where the real insight almost always lies finding out some of the hows and what went downs that only those who are in that know, knew. I found the discussion on how these new tunes are being playe dlive, and where the nuances are showing up and what the audience does to enhance an already really cool experience. And, Lati builds a setlist that Alison totally agrees with. What a time, what a band, what an album.