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Us3 is the brainchild of London-based producer Geoff Wilkinson. Formed in 1992, alongside production partner Mel Simpson, Us3 rose from the ashes of 2 previous incarnations. The first was a limited edition white label 12” release in 1990 called “Where Will We Be In The 21st Century” featuring rapper MC Honey B and jazz pianist Jessica Lauren. This brought the attention of a (then) fledgling indie label, Ninjatune, and the result was NW1’s 1991 12” “The Band Played The Boogie”. By sampling one of the biggest dancefloor tunes of the burgeoning jazz dance scene, Geoff had unknowingly started a chain reaction

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music

Read "A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska. Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' “So What" inspired Pee ...

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 ...

The Third Way (Hand On The Torch Vol II)

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: ALBUM 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Stop. Think. Run

Label: Us3
Released: 2009

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 ...

Say What!?

Label: Us3
Released: 2007


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