Archive for January, 2012
Just before Christmas, I bought Jason ‘Classicbeatz’ Minnis’ latest recording ‘Romantic Relfections’,
If you’re not familiar with his work it’s worth checking out his Bandcamp page here.
The Brooklyn-born musician decided the put together an EP of classical pieces to try to dispel elitist notions surrounding classical pieces. I know some people (musician & critics alike) say these things every once in a while, Jason has come up with a well-conceived & performed selection. They also show a degree of shrewdness as the composers chosen, chiefly Debussy & Rachmaninov were known for incorporating other musical styles & traditions in their work.
It was the soundtrack to much of my Christmas this year, much to the delight of my mother-in-law.
It looks great, thanks to photograhy courtesy of Mixcloud caster & Laid Back contributor, Charles le Brigand, who also blogged about the photo shoot (you can find that here).
What I felt was really cool wasn’t how quickly the package arrived, but that inside was a small, handwitten note thanking me for supporting him. Sometimes, its easy to forget in the age of instant gratification, downloads & convenience music, there are real people with a genuine passion for creativity, striving to be heard.
It just makes you stop and think. Just a little………
Onlt 2 weeks into the new year & already a great light has gone out of the world.
Legendary New York DJ/Producer/Performer, Raul A. Rodriguez passed away on Jan 4th this year.
I was only made aware of this fact as the great DJ Friction posted an incredible tribute mix on Mixcloud.
Along with contemopraries such as Mann Parrish (for whom her produced the seminal b-boy classic ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’) & John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, he helped change the face of dance music, as well as influencing the wave of electro/rap from the early 80’s.
Any b-boy/hip hop fan of a certain age will have at least one record he wrote, mixed, remixed or produced & it’s a great loss.
If you’re unfamiliar with his output, Friction’s mix provides a worthy overview of his work as well as being a fitting tribute
Discomusic.com has an obituary that you can find here
Just been sent a press release from about the Alfie Project.
Unfortunately, I’ve got nothing to go with this material, which by the way, isn’t too bad.
The marketing blurb was a bit syrupy in my opinion, but the song itself is a well-written peice & the video’s easy on the eye………