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Purple Jazz: A Tribute to Prince, Part 1


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Prince who would have turned 65 this year. He may have left us over seven years ago, but the influence of his music continues unequalled, including on the world of jazz, with which he's often flirted. Here a selection of some intriguing examples of "purple jazz," including some extended jamming by Prince himself.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)"0:00
  • Helen Sung "Alphabet Street" Helenistique (Fresh Sound/New Talent) 0:16
  • Host talks 4:11
  • The Volunteered Slaves "Controversy" Breakfast in Babylon (Cristal) 6:02
  • T.J. Kirk "Rock Hard in a Funky Place" Talking Only Makes It Worse (Ropeadope) 9:56
  • Host talks 14:12
  • Santi Debriano "Kiss" Circlechant (HighNote) 15:51
  • Steven Bernstein and the Millenial Territory Orchestra "Darling Nikki" MTO, Vol. 1 (Sunnyside) 19:47
  • Host talks 26:50
  • David Helbock "Cream" Purple (Traumton) 28:12
  • Joachim Kuhn "Purple Rain" Touch the Light (ACT) 33:46
  • Host talks 38:48
  • Jacob Young "The Question of U" Shockadelica—50th Anniversary Tribute to the Artist Known as Prince (C+C) 40:40
  • Eric Vloeimans, Will Holshouser "Slow Love" Eric & Will (Aviary) 43:35
  • Host talks 50:54
  • Prince "West" N.E.W.S. (Legacy) 51:48

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