Remember the hot pepper challenge? Well here’s Publio Delgado’s guitar accompaniment to GloZell Green’s attempt. Search “hot pepper challenge” on YouTube and you’ll find all kinds of fools risking their lives for laughs. But one that really caught steam was GloZell Green’s attempt. Currently, the original video is just shy of 30m views and while it’s hilarious in its own right, this jazz and rock dub…

Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way and It’s About That Time are our Song(s) for Sunday. We’ve flipped the script slightly this week by featuring two songs in one. These choices were inspired by Fredara Mareva Hadley’s Spotify playlist. “In a Silent Way” was recorded in one session in 1969. Miles used the classical sonata form as inspiration for the three-track LP and it marked the…

Ashton James Brown takes a look at “SumoTreats”, the latest and greatest from London-based jazzy-hop supremos, SumoChief. The DNA of hip hop has been imbricated with jazz since its birth in the 70s. From the raw drum beats and relentless energy to the intrepid spirit of improvisation, hip hop has both tacitly and overtly sampled from its forbear for decades. Live hip hop quartet SumoChief are a successful example of…

What is jazz to you? Here’s what it is to us. Jazz is a mood Jazz is a groove Jazz is Black American Music Jazz is not what you think Jazz is a trip Jazz is all sound Jazz is all encompassing Jazz is without rules Jazz is not for fools Jazz is spiritual Jazz is a foot mover Jazz is hated Jazz is related…

Tokyo’s beat maestro bugged shows us his Street Mentality. Some of the best art comes from a limited palette. Street Mentality is such a piece, made up of 12 beats sampling only 5 jazz records. The tracks thread together like an urban tapestry; gritty and unpolished in its limitations. Bugseed thrives in this kind of musical environment and manages to eke every last breath out of the…

We asked our friend Stephanie Vaughn aka Softjunebreeze aka Stepholonious aka Rap Game Simone Biles to put together a Olympic Games mix. This is what she came up with. We’re grateful to know some incredibly talented people, so we reached out to one such individual to compile a Brazilian mix for the Olympics. Now, we’re a week late but I’ve been ill and since the…

The unearthing of Dilla treats continues as the Boiler Room release a mixtape of his listening habits. Something a little different from the J Dilla archives in the form of a mixtape but not of his own music. Boiler Room and BBE Records have released an unheard mixtape recorded sometime around the turn of the millennium. So what was Jay Dee jamming to at the…

Inspired by Charles Mingus’ iconic ‘Pithecanthropus Erectus’, Nice Nate drops a project dedicated to the late jazz musician. Any album with the tags “sp-303”, “jazz” and “improv” are worthy of our attention. Especially when a name like Charles Mingus is involved. Nice Nate, a producer out in Spokane, Washington, has released an album dedicated to the late jazz bassist. It’s dark, atmospheric and tells a…