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John Coltrane “Acknowledgement”

There are three John Coltrane songs I suggest to the uninitiated: “Part 1: ‘Acknowledgement'” from A Love Supreme, “Naima” from Giant Steps, and “Blue Train” from Blue Train. Whenever life’s perpetual fuckery wears on me, a little dash of Coltrane’s catalog soothes any built up rancor. Happy belated birthday sir, and thank you.

 John Coltrane “Naima”

 John Coltrane “Blue Train”

Trane @ 18 years old

September 24, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

U-N-I’s A Love Supreme (FREE)

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I’ve been digging these U-N-I cats out of Cali for a long minute now [II]. After listening to Thurzday and Y.O.’s music you can readily tell they’re official Hip-Hop purists. But rather than beating you over the head about why they’re so good (well, not too much), they let their music speak for themselves.

You can download their A Love Supreme project with producer Ro Blvd right here (via YoThurz.com). Do yourself a favor and go find their first album, Fried Chicken & Watermelon (2007). Hope they don’t get too mad at me for sharing my favorite track off that project, “The Show 2007,” below. Any group that can point the origin of their name to a Roots song (“UNIverse at War” f/ Common) is good money with me.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment