We are very proud to unveil our new compilation series focused on progressive jazz beatstrumentals. To showcase beatmaking as both an evolution and revolution of jazz music, we have asked some of our favourite producers to craft an instrumental piece inspired by jazz and its improvisational and experimental aesthetics. The result is a small collection of forward-thinking tracks paying homage to music legends like DJ Shadow, Ahmad Jamal, Nujabes, Yusef Lateef, J Dilla, Bill Evans, and many more in the realm of both jazz and hip hop.
This chapter of Jazzvolution is the first in an ongoing series that will seek to explore the boundaries of hip hop and jazz fusion, as well as generate awareness and support for various charities and social development initiatives. Chapter 1 seeks to raise funds for the incredible Beat Making Lab project.
Headed by Apple Juice Kid and Professor Pierce Freelon (of the University of North Carolina), Beat Making Lab brings mobile production studio equipment and expert instruction to impoverished communities around the world. Organizing small and in depth community workshops focused on beatmaking, the project provides a musical voice to the voiceless, an outlet for communication an artistic expression. Beat Making Lab has already organized workshops in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Ethiopia, Fiji, and Panama. With your support, Beat Making Lab can continue its mission of bringing musical empowerment to the masses.
Huge respect to all the artists who contributed, each have impressive discographies of music that merit gross investigation. These beats speak for themselves and fans of hip hop and jazz are sure to be enthralled by the sophisticated and abstract stylings that abound on this release. After a few installments in the Jazzvolution series we intend to press some limited edition vinyl records, so stay tuned for plenty more sonic bliss in the future.