Various artists: The Apollo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

UME Direct, 2019

THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the audio accompaniment to the HBO documentary released November 6. Created by Oscar and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams, THE APOLLO chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater.


01. Kenneth J. Thompson – Kenneth J. Thompson, Apollo Greeter (0:15)
02. T. Griffin – Opening, The Apollo Theater (1:16)
03. Charles Mingus – Take The “A” Train (3:35)
04. Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra – Memphis Blues (2:39)
05. Marion J. Caffey – Interview Excerpt 1 (0:15)
06. Ella Fitzgerald – How High The Moon (3:14)
07. Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club Orchestra – Old Man Blues (3:05)
08. Pearl Bailey – She’s Something Spanish (2:47)
09. Count Basie and his Orchestra – Jive At Five (2:50)
10. Ted Fox – Interview Excerpt 2 (0:11)
11. Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra – Strange Fruit (3:10)
12. Mikki Shepard – Interview Excerpt 3 (0:12)
13. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (3:40)
14. Kamilah Forbes – Interview Excerpt 4 (0:18)
15. James Brown – Say It Loud – I’m Black And I’m Proud (4:49)
16. Ta-Nehisi Coates – Interview Excerpt 5 (0:16)
17. Robert Glasper – Apollo As Home (0:30)
18. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Home Is Where the Heart Is (5:11)
19. Robert Glasper – Mission Statement (1:13)
20. Johnny Hodges – Come Sunday (2:31)
21. James Brown – Lost Someone (2:39)
22. Robert Glasper – Schiffman Cards (0:30)
23. Jimmy Smith – T’aint No Use (6:05)
24. Robert Glasper – Obama Returns To The Apollo (1:17)
25. Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady (3:14)
26. Kenny Burrell; Grover Washington, Jr. – Asphalt Canyon Blues (6:13)
27. Etta James – Something’s Got A Hold On Me (2:47)
28. Robert Glasper – Harlem Riots (2:11)
29. Dizzy Gillespie – Duke’s Last Soliloquy (3:06)
30. T. Griffin; Ta-Nehisi Coates – Excerpt From Stage Reading Of “Between The World And Me” (Live At The Apollo Theater, April 2018) (1:24)
31. Robert Glasper; Ledisi – Don’t Turn Back Now (4:37)
32. President Barack Obama – President Barack Obama At The Apollo Theater (0:29)

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Jazz Re-Issues

It’s been a real swingin’ year, I can’t believe it’s nearly over.. these are still the jazz re-issues from last year that I dug on cat.  I was clearly into Victor Feldman, ummmm moving on.

Enjoy a taste of that good good.

Ike Quebec-Blue Samba

Curtis Amy-24 hour Blues

Duke Ellington-Spacemen

Howard Roberts-Easy Living

Louis Armstrong-I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll

Nat Adderley-New Arrivals

Larry Young-Mothership

George Shearing-Mambo In Chimes

Sonny Rollins-Freedom Suite

Oliver Nelson: Screamin’ the Blues

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Stuff I Missed: What’s an Instro-Hipster?

My intial thought was that this would be like some version of instrumental Mod Music, mixed with Austin Powers swingers meet Acid Jazz, but what I found was more fuzzed out psych, garage and rock nuggets if anything.  Still did not disappoint in any way.

…full album streams below…

…so now you know.


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Stuff I Missed: Jazz Rundown


Here’s a quick rundown of the lost Jazz music folder I stashed away in early 2015, I may not have gotten to these albums then, but I found the folder hiding and added them to my now playing list, you should too.








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Return of the Reissue’s: Soul Explosion


It’s like Stax/Volt, or more likely all the different people who own it, think the world is gonna end and is like f-it let’s make sure we go ahead and reissue all of those old records right away.  The Stax records below and many more were part of the 50th anniversary of the Soul Explosion and with it the large reissue extravaganza back in June, put on by the Craft Recordings label. Head over there to buy some great music immediately.

…so go ahead and enjoy your album cover porn (not all of the records here are part of the Soul Explosion).

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Stuff I Missed: Renegades of Jazz

I present to you the first album I’ve heard from this legendary producer.  Afrofunk and Ethio-Jazz you will surely dig on…

…head over here to hear their new album released in June!

Renegades of Jazz-Moyo Wangu

Agogo Records 2016

[4:13] 01. Renegades Of Jazz – Afro Cookie
[4:56] 02. Renegades Of Jazz – Moto Moto
[5:06] 03. Renegades Of Jazz – Beneath This African Blue
[4:22] 04. Renegades Of Jazz, Jungle Fire Horns – Harambee
[5:06] 05. Renegades Of Jazz, Hugo Kant – Moyo Wangu
[4:26] 06. Renegades Of Jazz – Them Who Walk Slow
[4:13] 07. Renegades Of Jazz – Karibu Tena
[4:21] 08. Renegades Of Jazz, Kabanjak – Zebra Talk
[3:23] 09. Renegades Of Jazz – Jamboree
[4:59] 10. Renegades Of Jazz – Majirani Yako Kelele
[4:21] 11. Renegades Of Jazz – Jazz Makossa
[3:55] 12. Renegades Of Jazz – Prison Island

This from Agogo Records.

“The story of Renegades Of Jazz begins around the end of the nineties, when its protagonist faces a time in life that sees most musical ambitions crumble against the harsh realities of life.  Imagine David Hanke in his early twenties, driving his first car, wearing ripped jeans and a lumberjack shirt.  On the back seat of his bright red Volkswagen Beetle an electric guitar is collecting dust, as David’s longlasting enthusiasm for rock music has been gradually waning for quite some time.  The music that dominated his formative years seems to have lost much of its appeal – and then a tape appears.  First, let’s rewind a bit,  Born in 1977, David Hanke spends the first years of his life in Arusha, Tanzania.  Within eyeshot of Mount Kilimanjaro and the equally impressive dead volcano Mount Meru, David experiences an early, highly influential part of his childhood in this vibrant East African cultural metropolis.

By the end of 1982, the family returns to Germany, where David first starts exploring his parent’s eclectic record collection.  When a musical avalanche called grunge and alternative rock starts conquering the world in 1991, David finds himself utterly fascinated: these genres begin to shape his musical identity. Inspired by bands such as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam or Screaming Trees, David teaches himself to play the guitar,
grows his hair and dabbles in several band projects, but over the years he comes to realize this sound just might not be the real deal.  By the end of the decade that music feels too melancholy and the structures redundant, the scene has lost its appeal.  The perfect time for a certain aforementioned tape to make its appearance, popped into the bright red Beetle’s stereo by a good friend.  Thievery Corporation on one side, Visit Venus on the other – it didn’t take more for David to dive head first into the exciting soundscapes of downbeat and sample-based music.  Sharing a flat with this friend of his, David gradually discovers funk, breakbeats and modern sampling culture.  All of a sudden, everything seems possible to him, without a band and yet able to use any conceivable instrument he deems fit.  He couldn’t have wished for a better creative kick-start.

2003 sees his first productions come into existence, gratefully making use of his grandma’s jazz collection, and at the same time David starts a show called Rebel Radio on a local station.  In 2006 he and DJ Deli-Kutt become Mash & Munkee, releasing their first EP two years later.  Renegades Of Jazz is established as restless David Hanke’s primary musical outlet in 2009, consciously referencing a modern classic that pushes musical boundaries, »Renegades Of Funk«.  The way David handles Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop and Soul as building blocks of his very own musical form is just as open and playful, while still showing just the right amount of respect for his sources of inspiration.  Renegades Of Jazz becomes the first act on the Wass Records imprint founded by the enterprising DJ and producer Smoove.  The album »Hip To The Jive«, along with several singles and EPs, is released in 2011.  The following year a remix album aptly titled »Hip To The Remix« shows just how internationally well-connected Hanke has become, ten years after almost quitting music for good.

Over 100 Renegades Of Jazz remixes for celebrated artists such as Brownout, Mop Mop and his own idols like Kid Loco or Skeewiff account for how determinately David Hanke forges ahead.  Renegades Of Jazz is no one-trick pony: his second album »Paradise Lost« refuses to just meet expectations.  Rather than going along with the light-hearted swing of his debut and the infectious Dancefloor Funk of his remix works, much of the sophomore album (Paradise Lost) is dominated by darker, more unpredictable moods pointing towards Blues harmonies and percussive Afro-Funk.  Cinematic horn arrangements and purposeful grooves finds »Paradise Lost« evoking memories of the energy of Ellington’s Jungle Band, while never leaving a newly found balance of introspection and mature club

continuing on…

“It’s the year 2016 and David Hanke, widely recognized under his moniker Renegades Of Jazz, is back with his third full-on longplay effort entitled ‘Moyo Wangu’.

After his conceptual and darker approach to his last album ‘Paradise Lost’ released in 2015, we see Renegades Of Jazz explore the world of Afrofunk here, a world David Hanke is deeply linked to since

Due to being exposed to the sound of this East African metropolis throughout his early childhood days the love for any kind of African rhythm signatures and vibes has stuck to this day and is now reflected in the twelve tracks on the album ‘Moyo Wangu’ – a Swahili expression that translates as ‘My heart’ and perfectly describes where his heart is at.

Already having introduced the audience to his love of all things Afro with the exclusive non-album track ‘Tempo Tempo’ that was featured on the ‘Hits Agogo One’ compilation earlier this year as well as with the first single release of the album ‘Afro Cookie’, a modern Afrofunk anthem with a distinctive twist that does not only refer to David Hanke’s personal linkage to Africa but also can be seen as the origin and starting point of the musical journey we’re about to experience here.

‘Moto Moto’ musically depicts the hot, vibrant feel of a jam-packed dancefloor throughout an amazing night out, ‘Beneath This African Blue’ brings on sweet mid-tempo grooves and the captivating ‘Harambee’ (Let’s work together) reflects the rhythm and reiterates working together and featuring the brass section of the Los Angeles-based Jungle Fire outfit who add their special heat.

The albums title track ‘Moyo Wangu’ caters uplifting Afrofunk at its best and sees Marseille-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Hugo Kant delivering some thrilling flute action with a Jazz-infused twist whilst ‘Them Who Walk Slow’ is on a more laid back and tropical tip.

With ‘Karibu Tena’ – Swahili for ‘Welcome Back (Again)’ – David Hanke returns to his spiritual home in a joyful, polyrhythmic way, ‘Zebra Talk’ is another collaborational effort featuring producer and multi-instrumentalist Kabanjak, also known for his works on other projects like Deela and as part of the Ancient Astronauts duo. The touching vibe of ‘Jamboree’ resembles the overwhelming joy and heartfelt spirit of gatherings and festivities.

‘Majirani Yako Kelele’ works bubbling dancefloors with a complex swing, ‘Jazz Makossa’ amalgamates influences taken from highly Jazz-infused Makossa music and their traditional call & response techniques to a thrilling effect and finally ‘Prison Island’ concludes the album with a sweet yearning and laid back melancholia referring to the legend and history of a small island, also known as Changuu or Kibandiko, located only a few miles off shore of the beautiful Zanzibar Archipelago.”

Renegades Of Jazz might not boast a very linear résumé – but that makes it even more important for David Hanke to open up new and exciting chapters in his life.

Text: Ralf Theil

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Dolemite is My Name

Scott Bomar-Dolemite Is My Name (Music from the Netflix Film)

Here’s the tracklist.

01. Craig Robinson – Dolemite (2:49)
02. Craig Robinson – Like I Should (2:12)
03. Scott Bomar – Parking Lot (1:08)
04. Scott Bomar – Liquor Store Wisemen (2:21)
05. Scott Bomar – Recording Comedy (1:24)
06. Scott Bomar – Sell It (1:59)
07. Bobby Rush – I Ain’t Studdin’ You (2:36)
08. Eddie Murphy – Ballad of a Boy and a Girl (2:07)
09. Scott Bomar – The Dunbar Hotel (0:43)
10. Scott Bomar – Clean Up (1:09)
11. Scott Bomar – Feed the Honkies (1:08)
12. Scott Bomar – Scene 3 (0:58)
13. Scott Bomar – Put Your Weight On It (1:52)
14. Scott Bomar – I’m Gonna Kill Dolemite (1:52)
15. Scott Bomar – We Done (0:59)
16. Scott Bomar – Phone Call (1:06)
17. Scott Bomar – Promote The Sh*t (2:07)
18. Scott Bomar – New House Record / Walkin’ (1:54)
19. Scott Bomar – Leaving (1:22)
20. Scott Bomar – Arrived (3:08)
21. The Bo-keys – Hi Roller (2:55)
22. Jason Freeman – Rocky Bottom (4:37)

Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy, directed by Craig Brewer and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film stars Eddie Murphy as filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, best known for portraying the character of Dolemite in both his stand-up routine and a series of blaxploitation films, starting with Dolemite in 1975.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019, and was is being shown as a limited release as of October 4, 2019, before digital streaming starts on October 25, by Netflix.  Mark your calendars Soul Donuts fans.  Put it on your list right next to El Camino.

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