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Watch & Listen | Bonobo Live

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Enjoy a live recording of Bonobo’s last night of the North Borders album tour at Alexandra Palace in London in November 2014, courtesy of Boiler Room.

 

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Watch & Listen | Kamasi Washington Live

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The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 10 piece band, that’s 2 bassists and drummers, 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir led by the great Dwight Trible, and a compositional score written by saxophonist Kamasi Washington himself. Kudos to the Brainfeeder label for investing in this great album, I haven’t been this inspired by an album for a while. The band are playing the Barbican, London in November 2015 and I haven’t been this excited about a gig since Sun Ra’s Arkestra.

Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of The Epic at its release party, and in its full glory. Watch it at the link!

http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=402062824&mediaId=409865151

Watch | The World According to John Coltrane

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Produced with the cooperation of his widow Alice Coltrane, the documentary focuses on the later period of Coltrane’s work where he explored themes of Eastern spirituality. I’m not a fan of organised religion but I think Coltrane’s conception of God is beautiful. If you haven’t listened to A Love Supreme all the way through do so before watching.

I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.

  A Love Supreme was only performed once in its entirety, in Antibes France in the summer of 1965 – here’s a video.

 

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Read | The Secret Diary of Nina Simone

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http://longform.org/stories/I-Wish-I-Knew-How-It-Would-Feel-To-Be-Free

This article is about Nina Simone’s secret diaries kept by her ex-husband Andrew Stroud. Never previously released because he refused to talk to her biographer.

Through various diaries she wrote we can read her lucid and candid thoughts on various things, her marriage, friends and musical career. What is most striking throughout all of it is the honesty and eloquence with which she writes about her experience of depression, an undiagnosed condition at the time.

An insightful and often heartbreaking read of how an incredibly talented powerhouse of a woman  dealt with societies prejudices, artistic expression and sometimes crushing self-doubt.

Complement with two rare live performances from 1961-62

John Coltrane – September 23 1926 – July 17 1967

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To celebrate one of the greatest musicians to ever live here are two of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard of his music made by Blackclassical

Volume 1:  Black Classical Of Live and Love and Coltrane

http://www.restricted-zone.com/2012/05/free-download-black-classical-of-live-and-love-and-john-coltrane/

Volume 2:  Black Classical Of Live and Love and Coltrane Vol. 2

http://www.restricted-zone.com/2012/09/free-download-black-classical-of-live-and-love-and-coltrane-vol-2/

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