Madlib follows Brain Wreck Show with the seventh installment in his Madlib Medicine Show, a jazz album with his Yesterdays New Quintet called High Jazz.
Madlib's been busy this year. And while his recorded output always spans the gamut, he often returns to recurrent themes, spread across the genres that serve as home base or bases, as it were. Jazz is one such base. This year, he's already released two albums from "spin off bands" that he introduced on the 2007 Yesterdays New Quintet Yesterdays Universe album. And, with High Jazz, Madlib begins anew offering familiar jazz sounds from a series of "new" groups from his ever-augmenting cosmos. Call it "Yesterdays Galaxy."
High Jazz, the name itself a tribute to the landmark jazz-fusion album released by Stanton Davis's Ghetto Mysticism in 1976, shows a marked development in Madlib's craft. Every element of jazz is there. Is that tune modal-funk? Was that song psych-fusion? Was that a bossa-tinged run or another kind of latin-affair? Where did that sitar come from? Madlib's Yesterdays-excursions are never easy to categorize and that's the point while experiencing chops like these, the desire to rigidly define takes a back seat to aural pleasure.
The Madlib Medicine Show series is a combination of Madlib's new hip-hop productions, remixes, beat tapes, and jazz, as well as mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta's 4-ton stack of vinyl.
1. The Jackson Conti Band - 'Steppin' Into Tomorrow (Prelude)'
2. Generation Match - 'Electronic Dimensions'
3. Jahari Massamba Unit - 'Pretty Eyes'
4. The Kenny Cook Octet - 'High Jazz'
5. Yesterday's New Quintet - 'Medley: Don't You Worry Bout A Thing (Live At Spear for the Moondog)'
7. The Big Black Foot Band - 'Reality or Dream' (feat. The Black Spirits)
8. Russell Jenkins Jazz Express - 'Drunk Again'
9. Poyser, Riggins & Jackson - 'Funky Butt, Part 1'
10. Jahari Massamba Unit - 'Wonderin'/Nightime'
11. R.M.C. - 'Space & Time'
12. Yesterday's New Quintet - 'Conquistador'
13. The Big Black Foot Band - 'Tarzan's Theme' (feat. The Black Spirits)
15. Joe McDuphrey Experience - 'Kimo'