Pardon My French

· by Alain Brunet

The Jahari Masamba Unit concept is part of the larger Jazz Universe project led by Otis Jackson, Jr., aka Madlib, DJ, beatmaker, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, activist, and promoter of Black American culture. His connection to jazz has always been obvious, as was the case for many of his associates on the road to high-quality hip-hop: the late J Dilla, Freddie Gibbs, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, etc. Now 47 years old, Madlib has become a complete musician and here, he demonstrates his versatility. His back and forth with the excellent drummer Karriem Riggins, his multi-instrumental ease, and the complementary integration of participating jazz students generate a very inspired production. The aesthetic crossovers tend to cover a large part of “Black classical music”, an expression put forward here by Jahari Massamba, all the titles of which are written in French. Thus, several stylistic re-creations assembled in the manner of hip-hop beatmaking are scattered throughout the palette of colours: free jazz, jazz-funk, hip-hop jazz, groove jazz, electro-jazz, all orchestrated by a hip-hop artist, who is also a master of integrated collage. Keyboards, piano, organ, synths, bass, double bass, trumpet, flute, saxophone, trombone, drums, vibraphone, percussion, guitars, software, machines, and poetic spoken word are part of a refined progression. These musical styles are all part of the same vista, fused together with various Afro-jazz explorations and quotations built on the grooves of the drums, while huddling close are the spirits of Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock & Head Hunters, Weather Report first albums, Santana in his jazz cycle, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Mulgrew Miller, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Robert Glasper, Grover Washington Jr. and other Afro-American jazzmen who have distinguished themselves, from the ’60s to today. Assuredly Black, and frankly very, very cool!

Latest 360 Content

Noah Kahan: An Emotive Performance with Goofy Banter

Noah Kahan: An Emotive Performance with Goofy Banter

Université de Montréal | Jean-François Rivest’s Grandiose Farewell

Université de Montréal | Jean-François Rivest’s Grandiose Farewell

OSL | Naomi Woo | Musique du Nouveau Monde

OSL | Naomi Woo | Musique du Nouveau Monde

Anderson & Roe, piano duo great innovators

Anderson & Roe, piano duo great innovators

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Canicule – BOYZ

Canicule – BOYZ

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Tolemn – Jango

Tolemn – Jango

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Orkestar Kriminal – Originali

Orkestar Kriminal – Originali

Simon Denizart – Piece of Mind

Simon Denizart – Piece of Mind

Jean Jean Roosevelt – Libres ensemble

Jean Jean Roosevelt – Libres ensemble

Single of The Day – “False East” – Mr. Roswell’s Neighborhood

Single of The Day – “False East” – Mr. Roswell’s Neighborhood

Subscribe to our newsletter