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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

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"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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10 Essential Albums From Blue Note Records

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 06:35pm | Post a Comment

10 Essential Blue Note AlbumsSome of our staff have picked out essential albums from Blue Note Records that should satisfy both the purist and the newcomer to go along with Sonos Studio’s brilliant exhibition celebrating the label's 75th anniversary.

A bit about Blue Note’s history: The label was in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, getting its name from the “blue notes” of blues and jazz, or notes sung a bit lower than the major scale for expressive purposes. Moving from traditional jazz to some bebop (including artists like Thelonious Monk) in the 1940s and hard bop (artists such as Horace Silver) in the 1950s, Blue Note distinguished itself by paying musicians for rehearsals as well as recordings, in order to ensure a better final product. With iconic album artwork by Esquire designer Reid Miles (using photographs of the musician in session, taken by Blue Note’s Francis Wolff), Blue Note made its name as one of the most influential labels in jazz music, later issuing records by free jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman and popular musicians like Herbie Hancock, having records sampled in hip-hop records by the likes of Madlib and, now, seeing massive success with mainstream artists like Norah Jones.

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Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

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Photo by Ralf Strathmann

Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop is Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. The exhibition celebrates the legendary jazz and blues label's 75th anniversary and features Blue Note’s iconic album art (originally by artist Reid Miles, using photographs of the musicians in session by photographer Francis Wolff) remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The opening of the exhibition featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some more stunning photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):

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Huge Jazz & Blues LP Collection Hits Amoeba SF this Saturday!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2012 05:45pm | Post a Comment
Once again, we have hit the collectors' motherload as a huge Jazz & Blues LP collection has come into our hands at the Amoeba San Francisco store. We have hundreds of rare titlesmany Blue Note label LPs and DJ promo labels, and we are going to make them available for your browsing and buying pleasure this Saturday, October 6th





 

Sweet Hearts with Priscilla Ahn and Charlie Wadhams in LA, 4/29

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2012 12:18pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba is delighted to present Sweet Hearts featuring Priscilla Ahn and Charlie Wadhams at LA’sSweet Hearts Bootleg Bar on April 29th!

Ahn, who recently released two albums for Blue Note (When You Grow Up and A Good Day) has a warm, welcoming voice. Wadhams songwriting was just featured in the film Walk Hard.

Please join us for this great night of music! More info HERE.

“Together, they sound like Belle & Sebastian -- minus the twee." - Huffington Post




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