As Black History Month rolls on, I asked myself a question that may seem stupid to most people: Who exactly is black and who is not? And how is it decided? Does the individual or society determine what we are or is it a combination of both? Are there other factors? Is this the Family Feud or actual objective science?
Tapscott was working a theme on the piano, turning it over and over, and every time it came around, there was more beauty in it. And every time it came around, there was less of anything superfluous. The theme, under his long, dark fingers, was "perfecting."
Released again in 2000 by Swiss Hatology label on double limited edition CD with its companion volume, Dark Tree 1 & 2 is a document of what I have come to consider one of the most important jazz quartets of all time. Featuring Tapscott on piano, John Carter on clarinet, Cecil McBee on contrabass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, it is a fleeting glimpse into not only a rare recording by this astounding group, but a rare small group recording for Tapscott, altogether.
1) RZA Afro Samurai Resurrection:The Soundtrack
2) Madlib Beat Konducta 5 - 6: (Stones Throw)
3) Kayne West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella
4) Foreign Exchange Leave It All Behind (Hard Boiled)
5) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)
Thanks to Inti at the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba Music store in Berkeley for the latest Hip-Hop Top Five, a weekly chart of best selling hip-hop full-length CDs. RZA, who recently rocked it in San Francisco at Mezzanine, where he headlined last Sunday night, scores the number one chart position with his wonderful Afro-Samurai Resurrection: The Soundtrack on TVT for the ultra-violent Spike TV animated show. This latest release from the prolific WU warrior, who nowadays lives in LA, is also selling well at the other two Amoeba stores. Meanwhile, another SoCal resident, the even more prolific, endlessly talented and highly influential producer Madlib, who considers himself a "DJ first, producer second, and MC last," continues to dominate the Amoeba top 5 (and near every other hip-hop chart) -- this time with his latest installment in the Beat Konducta series on Stones Throw Records.
I once listened to this song over and over in my car for days while love sick.
Ramon Ayala Y Los Bravos Del Norte - "Chaparra De Mi Amor"
I also listened to this song over and over in my car for days while love sick. Same girl.
Barry White - Love's Theme
Here is Barry White in Mexico in the 70's. He was huge in popularity and in stature all over Latin America during that time. I have at least a half a dozen cover versions of this song done by Latin American bands. I had the pleasure of seeing Barry White in concert while on tour in Australia. I was happy to see him, but I remembered I was bummed that I was single at the time and had no one to share that moment with.
Apparently, YouTube doesn't want Serge Gainsbourg to be your valentine unless you go to their site. So go and see this heart filled song.