Madlib is undoubtedly one of hip-hop’s most important producers. His ear and taste for jazz manifested itself in the rich, multi-layered production that made albums by Lootpack, and his alter-ego, Quasimoto, the critics’ toast they were. Yesterday’s New Quintet is the latest and most ambitious project from Madlib. Consisting of four other accomplished musicians under Madlib’s eccentric guidance and vision (he also plays drums on the album), Angles Without Edges represents one of the most organic fusions of hip-hop and jazz so far. Anchored by dusty, fluid breakbeats, YNQ also harnesses the improvisational energy of jazz whilst remaining within cohesive song structures. Despite the limited use of vocals, Angles... is both absorbing and varied. Each track has its own intricacies that beg attentive listening. An album that is equal parts jazz, hip-hop and funk, Madlib and his band have pushed the envelope of hip-hop with ease and limitless style. Angles Without Edges is completely original, addictive and unmissable.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.