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Madlib - 'Medicine Show No. 08: Advanced Jazz' [CD]


Medicine Show No. 08: Advanced Jazz


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Madlib follows High Jazz with the eighth installment in his Madlib Medicine Show, a mix of the multiple facets of jazz music: Advanced 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. High Jazz, the previously released Madlib Medicine Show album, showed a marked development in Madlib's craft: every element of jazz was encapsulated in that eighty-minute opus. What better way to follow such an album than with a companion-piece culled from the thousands of jazz albums that inspired Madlib's first forays into the genre?

The resulting mix, Advanced Jazz, is, as the title hints, a step (or three!) deeper than the Steve Kuhn and Weldon Irvine albums that he first enjoyed as he was first delving into his Yesterdays New Quintet project Angles Without Edges in 2001. Some of this music - to the untrained ear - might not seem to be "jazz" at all. But rest assured - this is a jazz mix through and through, as exhilarating a ride as Madlib's Brain Wreck Show and Flight To Brazil. It's a celebration of this great American music and while it focuses on the past forty years, it clearly heralds every innovation - both domestic and international - of this century-old musical form.

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.
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