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NEWS: RADIO

The Evolution Of Hipness With Gary G. Vercelli

The Evolution Of Hipness With Gary G. Vercelli

By Beth Ruyak We travel to the Crocker Art Museum for this week’s Sound Advice with CapRadio's jazz music director Gary Vercelli. “Cosmic Rays” by Charlie Parker Charlie Parker and other cutting edge bebop musicians had a profound influence on the beat poets. Parker was idolized by Kerouac and Ginsberg and Kerouac’s spontaneous prose was likened to Parker’s awesome ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fort Knox Five: 10 Years of the Fort Knox Five

Read "10 Years of the Fort Knox Five" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

“All good things come in five, baby...You can't get around no prime number, you dig?"

Some music just makes you feel good. You can't explain it but some music makes you feel like life's a party and you're invited. (It's that “can't explain it" part which drives writers crazy.) 10 Years of The Fort ...

Six Stops Around the Whirled

Read "Six Stops Around the Whirled" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Fort Knox Five
10 Years of The Fort Knox Five
Fort Knox Recordings
2013

“All good things come in five, baby...You can't get around no prime number, you dig?"

Some music just makes you feel good. You can't explain it but some music makes you feel like life's a ...

Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles

Read "Empyrean Isles" reviewed by Greg Simmons

As a member of Miles Davis' second quintet during the 1960s, pianist Herbie Hancock rarely performed live under his own leadership, but he did take the time to record. Hancock's 1964 effort, Empyrean Isles, remains one of the most diverse and often challenging records of the pianist's tenure with Blue Note Records. It's a rare jazz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Platinum-Selling Hip-Hop/Jazz Group Us3 Set to Release "Stop.Think.Run"

Platinum-Selling Hip-Hop/Jazz Group Us3 Set to Release "Stop.Think.Run"

London, UK--The seventh album from producer Geoff Wilkinson’s hip-hop-jazz crew Us3 sees the introduction of two new young MCs hot off the streets of New York. Underground hip-hop fans will already know the name of 23 year-old Sene, and spoken word aficionados will certainly be aware of 20 year-old Brook Yung. “These are the youngest vocalists ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Us3 Producer Geoff Wilkinson Interviewed at AAJ

Us3 Producer Geoff Wilkinson Interviewed at AAJ

In 1992 Geoff Wilkinson produced the groundbreaking jazz/hip-hop crossover track “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," gaining international recognition with his Us3 project. Fourteen years and six albums down the line he's still going strong, but it could all have been very different.

For a man whose achievements are so widely respected, Wilkinson comes across as a genuine, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Us3: The Struggle Continues

Read "Us3: The Struggle Continues" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

In 1992 Geoff Wilkinson produced the groundbreaking jazz/hip-hop crossover track “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," gaining international recognition with his Us3 project. Fourteen years and six albums down the line he's still going strong, but it could all have been very different. Here he tells AAJ contributor Frederick Bernas about the highs and lows of his long and ...

Us3: Questions

Read "Questions" reviewed by James Taylor

I'm a child of the hip-hop generation, so a lot of great music, I'm not ashamed to say, came to me through hip-hop. Us3 turned me on to Herbie Hancock in the same way that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg turned me on to Parliament and DJ Shadow turned me on to David Axelrod.

So ...

Us3: Broadway & 52nd

Read "Broadway & 52nd" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's hard to imagine a more hallowed jazz address than broadway & 52nd , the site of the original Birdland.

In 1993, British underground DJ turned hip-hop producer Geoff Wilkinson shook up the jazz world with Hand On The Torch, a collection of hip-hop and rap tunes based on samples from classic Blue Note ...

Us3: Hand On The Torch

Read "Hand On The Torch" reviewed by Jim Santella

Much of the talk about Us3, hip hop, and its mixture of rap with jazz has centered around the sampling of legendary jazz tunes. While rap remains the centerpiece, jazz sampling takes a back seat to the fine mainstream jazz presented by the members of Us3, including trumpeter Gerard Presencer, guitarist Tony Remy, trombonist Dennis Rollins, ...