Tony Hightower

 

Today I’m going to the Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park for some free live instrumentation, sun and relaxation.¬† Out of the many acts scheduled today, I’m looking forward to one the most: Atlanta-bred Tony Hightower.¬† I’ve had his new album The New Standard on repeat since I attended his listening event a few weeks ago.¬† If you have some familiarity with Tony Hightower, you may recall his sound as soulful, energetic rhythm and blues.¬† Still soulful but more refined, Hightower has delved into the art form of standard jazz.¬† This latest project captures the spirit of some of the best elements of jazz standards and swing music: scatting ala Ella, swing and straight ahead¬†sounds courtesy of the band¬†thehc3, and serious crooning.¬† Hightower invokes the smoothness of Nat King Cole and the invariable cool of Sammy Davis Jr. from a¬†simultaneously modern¬†and nostalgic angle.¬† He wrote six out of the ten tracks featured on the album, which, at first listen, may be difficult to differentiate the standards from the contemporary.¬† No need, though.¬† The New Standard is a seamless interpretation of what jazz standards once were and what Hightower envisions its future to be.

One of my favorite tracks is “All Belongs to You.”¬† Written by Hightower, accompanied by the Good Times Brass Band, “All Belongs to You” is¬†the culmination of a project that has quietly been nurtured and perfected then served with care to the masses.

Catch Tony Hightower tonight on the Local Stage at 6:30PM.¬† Oh, and if you tweet me @ohsowrite¬†while you’re diggin’ what you hear, I may have a treat for you!

 

 

43046-brittanywhitneytakeov

 

Audio Gumbo is a supporter and fan of The Remix on WRFG 89.3 FM, so it was an absolute honor to be asked to provide the soundtrack for the #BrittanyWhitneyTakeover segment from 12-2am.¬† Co-host Brittany brought me on to share some Audio Gumbo flava and feed her listeners some sonic goodness.¬† As always with AG, the goal is to expose, entertain and hip y’all to some dope, funky shit.¬† Listen to the exclusive playlist below and download the full episode of The Remix here!

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“if you really need some food, plant them seeds in the earth/plant them ideas and add action to give them birth.”

The hustlegrind is so real.¬† It ain’t easy, but Atlanta MC/producer Jack Preston affirms that¬†“it’s okay.”¬† The newly released visual for his latest self-produced¬†single from his upcoming album¬†End Of The Future is a narrative dedicated to the working class, the every(wo)man.¬† Director Will Feagins Jr. of High Impact Multimedia captures the artist’s every day grind, following him through the streets of East Atlanta.¬† The message is crystal: We have dreams and lofty aspirations but we still got bills to pay.¬† We gotta eat but destinies must still be manifested.¬† Hit play on the video and download the track here.

 

*Copped from 2DBZ.

 

outer limits ep

Singer/songwriter India Shawn’s latest project, Outer Limits,¬†is a collaborative piece with renowned producer/songwriter/singer James Fauntleroy.¬† Complete with the experimental sounds famously executed by Fauntleroy and his 1500 or Nothin’ crew, Outer Limits plays like a sonic journey through 80s R&B and beyond.¬† Groovy funk synths, introspective but universal lyrics and danceable melodies display the effortless connection between both songwriters.

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Every Friday someone asks me, “what’s happ’nin’ this weekend??”¬† This will be the place for you to find out.¬† If you have an event you’d like to submit to be featured, email me with the subject “Event Submission.”¬† I’ll feature it, along with other events happening within the same time frame. If it’s particularly dope, I’ll feature a more detailed write-up of your event.

(Right now, most events featured will be in Atlanta, since that’s my base.¬† I’m open to events country and world-wide though!)


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Stooges Brass Band

Stooges Brass Band

I’m excited to announce our new Audio Gumbo weekly feature, Throw it in the Pot.¬† A strictly sonic version of the website, TiitP will showcase a blend of genres all over the indie scene.¬† Make sure you like Audio Gumbo on Facebook for updates on downloading the podcasts! The first episode is dedicated to the sounds and culture of New Orleans.¬† Since it’s Fat Tuesday, today just makes sense to drop this mix.¬† The music in New Orleans is rich in culture and soul–jazz and blues, brass bands, second line parades, bounce music–and it all derives from the retention of African tradition, music and fellowship found¬†in the historical Congo Square.¬† The tracks on this episode are wide-ranging but all reflective of a city that’s booming in the spirit of good times.¬† The artists featured throughout are New Orleans natives and transplants, influencers¬†and admirers.¬† Enjoy and leave feedback! Read the rest of this entry »

huh what

Every once in a while, I’ve gotta go into hibernation.¬† Just get away from the noise, the saturation, the bad vibes.¬† A cleansing, of sorts.¬† I’m not quite over my respite but I had to resurface to share this with y’all.

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RTJ tour

 

Run the Jewels is becoming hip hop’s most redemptive act.¬† Unapologetic, brash, witty, and raw, Killer Mike and El-P have created a sound that eclipses mainstream hip hop’s current blueprint of trendy beats and superficial content.¬† The two are ushering in a model of varied experimentation with their lyrics and El-P’s production.¬† RTJ recently¬†dropped their sophomore album and the response has been outstanding.¬† Murals, super fans supporters, and their own trill hand sign complement the movement these guys are creating all over the country.¬† I went to their sold out show in Atlanta at the Masquerade a few nights ago and it was one of the most high energy performances I’ve experienced this year.

The space was packed full of wild, raucous Run the Jewels fans.¬† Once Mike and El hit the stage, along with their DJ Trackstar, it was over an hour of moshing, jumping and ‘bow throwing in the crowd.¬† Which is exactly what Run the Jewels is all about: cutting up, letting loose, giving not a nan one fuck, then going back to your 9-5 gig and home to your babies.¬† But these dudes aren’t just wilin’ out.¬† In a (unfairly) rare display of masculine affection, the homies took the time to acknowledge a collaboration that’s blossomed into a true friendship.¬† The product of that friendship was grandly displayed on that stage through their complementary rhyming styles and their engagement of the audience.¬† Never a waning moment, the crowd went stupid when Big Boi came out for “Banana Clipper.”¬† Unfortunately, his mic sabotaged his appearance and we heard no bars.¬† His face in the place was good enough for most though.

Along with “Banana Clipper,” the guys pulled damn near all of their two album discography out, including “Sea Legs,” “Blockbuster Night,” “36” Chain,” “Lie, Cheat, Steal,” and still some more.

Moral of this story: if Run the Jewels comes banging through your city this year and next, you would be a damn fool not to check them out.

number five

 

I’m convinced there aren’t many things Jean Grae can’t do, artistically.¬† Hell, probably generally too.¬† Usually on her cool rapper shit, Jean has decided to do some cool singer shit on her new EP #5.¬† Still full of witty, relatable¬†lyricism and quirky production (alllll by Jean Greasy), this new EP is sexy enough for cuffing season and chill enough for alone time.¬† Available for streaming but you should just buy it.

Divided Time

 

Images of Black single mothers and daddyless Black¬†children are constantly saturating our media outlets.¬† We’ve heard the narrative for so long that we begin to perpetuate this thought and go along with the misrepresentation.¬† Hip hop is very much a deep thread in the Black community, woven in many facets of our daily lives.¬† As a male-dominated industry, we rarely hear the stories of these men being fathers, along with rappers, producers and students of the hip hop game.¬† Will Feagins Jr. means to steer the conversation and the narrative to a topic that is seldom discussed in a mainstream platform.¬† Divided Time¬†highlights the fatherhoods of independent artists Abyss, Arablak, Damaja¬†D, Ekundayo, Jawz¬†of Life, mikeflo, Snub Zero, Stanza, and¬†Supastition.¬† The men discuss their relationships with their children, the hard choices they’ve made balancing their music dreams and building their families, the examples of fatherhood they witnessed growing up, and what hip hop means to them as parents.

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