It seems a tad presumptuous for Kamasi Washington‘s debut album to be titled The Epic, but the more I listen to his music the more convincing he becomes. Washington has been a staple in the jazz world since his college days, working with artists like Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, and more. After playing alongside many jazz ensembles, Washington formed his own band called “The Next Step” with the goal of creating a modern take on big band. Together, the 10+ members recorded the three-disc masterpiece, The Epic. And once again you’re probably wondering, “What’s with all the hyperbole?” But dear reader, have you heard this thing? “Re Run Home” is a 14-minute long stunner that can only be described as an instant classic. Released through Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, the album is gaining momentum not only from the jazz world but also the indie electronic/hip-hop crowd, proving that kids today don’t mind listening to jazz–as long as it’s epic.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Wednesday, March 18th, 2015||No Comments »|
I just started on Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, a mash-up game that merges the worlds of the Professor Layton puzzle games and the Phoenix Wright courtroom games. Both series are cult favorites, with Phoenix Wright edging slightly ahead Professor Layton in popularity. For those who don’t know, the series follows Phoenix, a bumbling defense attorney, as he investigates and presents cases to the court. Realism is replaced with outlandish storylines that zig-zag all over the place, with the climax culminating appropriately in the courtroom. The series is so popular it has spawned numerous soundtracks, several musicals, and a live-action film. However, my favorite contribution to the Phoenix Wright franchise machine is this awesome jazz soundtrack, Gyakuten Meets Jazz Soul (or Turnabout Jazz Soul).
The soundtrack features jazzy reincarnations of music from the series, like “Objection!,” a song that plays whenever Phoenix makes a “break” in his case. However, the whole soundtrack is full of nice, lounge-y music that’s enjoyable even if you’ve never heard of Phoenix Wright. If you like this, I also recommend checking out Gyakuten Meets Orchestra, a (you guessed it) orchestral version of the soundtrack.
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Whether you’ve been taking ballet since you were a child, enjoy shimmying your heart out in belly dance classes, or simply enjoy Dancing with the Stars, the stunning photographs of dancers in mid-motion will delight all who decide to pick up this book!
Photographer Jordan Matter originally got the idea for Dancers Among Us when he asked if one of the members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company could do a little routine for him in a place that was unexpected. After seeing how stunning the photograph of the dancer in the suit and tie spinning around in a Times Square subway platform was, Matter found his inspiration. The photography book was created in an attempt to express how dancers are fully alive when they’re dancing and only conscious of the present moment at hand.
Each of the photographs are organized around such themes like dreamers, exploration, working, relaxing, and of course, love. Thanks to the talented dancers each picture celebrates life. Plus, there’s absolutely no “extras” to these pictures either. Matter ditched the PhotoShop and took away tools such as trampolines—what you see is what you get, which is a fresh look at the universal love for dance and movement.
So, blast your favorite song, get a little sway in your hips, and click through to see a sample of amazing dancers strutting their stuff in the most random places!
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