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Saturday, November 23, 2013

[Mixtape] AMIRI - "Big Bands & Coctails Vol. 1"

Born and breed in South Carolina, producer Amiri grew up on the music of the real hip-hop pioneers like T La Rock, Kurtis Blow and Run DMC and has followed the game develope since then; and his wide range of influences from both hip-hop and other genres blended with his unique style has made him a force to be reckoned with on today's hip-hop scene. Thouth he started getting placements, mainly for remixes, in the mid- to late-'90s, it is more recently with his work with HiPNOTT Records that Amiri really has started to make a recognizable name for himself - his solo debut "The Recipe" and especially his work with emcee Spectac on the critically praised albums "Almost Famous" and this year's "Soul Beautiful".

Now the skilled producer is bringing out another fresh project for us heads to enjoy; a smooth 21 tracks instrumental project that showcases Amiri's love for the big band jazz era music of the 1930's (even giving beats titles like "Live @ The Cotton Club"); incorporating into the tracks both samples of those records and creating the same vibe in a hip-hop a fashion. It is a very interesting listen, and although my jazz interest mainly begins with the next era of jazz (the bebop records of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, etc.), I've always been a sucker for the juxtaposition of jazz samples and hip-hop beats - something that shows how closely the two genres are releated on a spiritual basis. So why I understand this isn't up everbody's ally, I strongly recommend giving it a chance... After all it's free of charge!

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