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A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 1


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Hip-Hop's birthday has been officially identified as August 11, 1973 and many initiatives marking its fiftieth anniversary are already under way. Should you catch yourself wondering—as a jazz fan—about how jazz and hip hop influenced one other... you may find a few clues on this program. And since you're in a celebratory mood, you can also celebrate the airing 250th episode of Mondo Jazz.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Gang Starr "Jazz Thing" Mo' Better Blues—O.S.T. (CBS) 0:16
  • Host talks 5:02
  • Pigmeat Markham "Here Comes the Judge" Here Come the Judge (Chess) 6:58
  • Host talks 9:29
  • Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus "Boogie: 1 A.M." Weary Blues (Verve) 12:37
  • Gil Scott-Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Flying Dutchman) 14:26
  • Frankie Crocker "Radio excerpt" 17:31
  • Host talks 18:03
  • Herbie Hancock "This Is Rob Swift" Future 2 Future (Columbia) 19:59
  • Aesop Quartet "Cuttin'-n-scratchin'" Fables for a New Millennium (8th Harmonic Breakdown) 26:52
  • Host talks 35:49
  • Steve Coleman and the Mystic Rhythm Society in Collaboration with AfroCuba De Matanzas "The Seal" The Sign and the Seal (Transmissions of the Metaphysics of a Culture) (BMG) 38:03
  • Greg Osby "Rocking Chair" Black Book (Blue Note) 47:39
  • Host talks 52:29
  • Cassandra Wilson "Domination Switch" Jump World (JMT) 54:56
  • Gary Thomas "The Godfather Waltz / I'm a Villain" Overkill (JMT) 1:01:11
  • Steve Lehman "Bamba" Sélébéyone (Pi Recordings) 1:07:22
  • Host talks 1:13:39
  • Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd "The Color of My Circumference I" In What Language? (Pi Recordings) 1:14:55
Photo credit: Dimicology.

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