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CrossFiya featuring Talib Kweli, Rahzel, Chali 2na, Break Science, Soul Rebels & Fyre Dept


The Soul Rebels 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Testify [Kanye West cover] (with Eric Krasno), Thank You [Jay-Z Medley] (inc. Ain’t No Love & Hard Knock Life), My Time, I Made It, Show Me What You Got [Jay-Z cover]

Soul Rebels with Rahzel

The Soul Rebels with Razhel 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Rahzel solo set > Rock The Bells [LL Cool J cover]


Talib Kweli & Jesus Coomes

Words by Bee Getz:

Again, Fiyawerx Productions provided a break from the norm as it pertains to Jazz Fest, and this eclectic booking on the hip-hop side of the tracks provided a thrilling look at one of the best kept secrets in the game: Fyre Dept. This NYC- based production squad includes drummer Adam Deitch (clad appropriately in a NAS Illmatic t-shirt and his ubiquitous headphones), Eric Krasno on guitar, and the brothers Coomes, bassist E.D. “Jesus” and older brother (and Fyre Dept. OG) Tyler “TYCOON Beats.” Break Science keyboardist Borahm Lee rounded out the team, and they took the stage after De La SOUL REBELS and proceeded to destroy the packed house with authoritative, meditative beats, samples and classic loops. Beginning with some Ghostface Killah and J Dilla instrumentals, soon the Fyre Dept was fully ablaze. Deitch held down the head snapping breaks, and the brothers Coomes’ tasteful, minimalist approach had people marveling at how this here hip-hop sounded so alive, present, yet sacrificing absolutely no integrity in the name of dopeness.

Fyre Dept 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
??? > ??? > Body Movin’ [J Dilla cover], Fever, ?That’s The Way It’s Got To Be?, Flankenstein > ???, ???

Within a few songs, Rahzel grabbed a microphone and stormed the stage. After some beatboxing workouts to get warm, “The Godfather of Noize” blessed the people with a distinctive medley of Whole Darn Family’s “7 Minutes of Funk” break, interspersed with verses and portions of its two most popular children – EPMD’s “It’s My Thang” and Jay-Z/Foxy Brown’s classic “Ain’t No N*gg*.” The Fyre Dept. then flawlessly worked into NAS’ “NY State of Mind” instrumental while Rahzel delivered original lyrics, along with a version of Bob Marley’s “Jammin’” for a refrain.

Fyre Dept with Rahzel 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
???, Ain’t No Nigga [Jay-Z cover], NY State of Mind [Nas cover], Jammin’ [Bob Marley cover] / Voice Box

Fyre Dept with Talib Kweli

At this point in the show, things were wild on the dancefloor, yet extremely focused on the stage. The band brought out legendary Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli and the posse brought forth a medley of songs old and new. Beginning with “Cold Rain,” Kweli showed everyone just why he’s revered as a lyricist and performer. They brilliantly segued into his seminal anthem “The Blast” from the Reflection Eternal project of the Rawkus era; this slice of heat had damn-near everybody correctly pronouncing his name, with not a single thing left to question. “Hot Thing” was dedicated to all the lovers, and Kweli made sure to shout out Babyface as he dipped into this summertime park jam for the boo’d up set.

Fyre Dept with Talib Kweli 5/3/14 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
Cold Rain, The Blast, What’s Real, Hot Thing, State of Grace, I Try, Get By

The Fyre Dept/Kweli collaboration reached fevered pitches as the BK MC and the veritable NY/LA dream team laced up a victorious version of “I Try” before spicing up things with a samba-influenced take on Kweli’s uplifting mantra “Get By.” This conclusion of the set had an army of heads chanting the chorus “Just to Get By” at the top of their one-hundred strong lungs; Fiyawerx Productions and the Fyre Dept. could agree on one thing, there was no putting out this CrossFiya.

Eric Krasno & Talib Kweli


Break Science 5/3/14 New Orleans @ Howlin’ Wolf
Now You Want More, ???, Owner of a Lonely Heart [Yes cover], Brain Reaction, ???

Break Science with Chali 2na 5/3/14 New Orleans @ Howlin’ Wolf
Guns Drawn, Comin’ Thru, International

VIDEOS: Lettuce & Earphunk 8/23/13 Nashville, TN @ The Cannery Ballroom

Lettuce - Nashville @ Cannery Ballroom

Lettuce – (Part 1 of 2)
August 23, 2013
Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

One-Two Punch (aka “Yakatori”) (new song), In The Middle [Marva Whitney / James Brown cover], Apache [Incredible Bongo Band cover], Shut Up [Trick Daddy cover] > Niggas In Paris [Kanye West / Jay-Z cover] > Madison Square > By Any Shmeeans Necessary:

Lettuce – (Part 2 of 2)
August 23, 2013
Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

Encore: The Payback [James Brown cover] (feat. James Casey on vox), Mr. Yancey > Workinonit [J Dilla cover] > Mr. Yancey, The Dump > ??? > The Dump:

August 23, 2013
Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

Stuck in a Funk, Try, Drove, Derpin':

Christian Scott debuts “new” Quintet for four night run at St. Louis’ Jazz at the Bistro

Christian Scott Quintet – No Church In The Wild (Jay-Z / Kanye West cover) 10/20/12 St. Louis

Christian Scott Quintet
October 20, 2012
St. Louis, MO @ Jazz At The Bistro

internal mics > Tascam DR-2d > Cool Edit Pro (amplified) > CD Wave Editor (tracking) > FLAC


Set One:
01. No Church In The Wild (Jay-Z / Kanye West cover) 12:47
02. Footprints (Wayne Shorter cover) 10:58
03. banter 11:03
04. Body and Soul 9:54
05. The Eye of the Hurricane (Herbie Hancock cover) 8:11
Total 52:51

Set Two:
01. Intro 1:36
02. Jihad Joe 10:25
03. vs. the Kleptocratic Union 8:13
04. banter 9:20
05. Body and Soul 8:07
06. No Church In The Wild (Jay-Z / Kanye West cover) 10:31
07. banter 5:16
08. New New Orleans > 9:19
09. K.K.P.D. 9:37
Total 72:24

Christian Scott – siren horn (custom trumpet/flugelhorn/coronet hybrid)
Kris Funn – bass
Corey Fonville – drums
Andrew Burglass – guitar
Braxton Cook – alto saxophone

Notes: This was the 4th night of a 4 night run at this venue. This run was also the debut of Christian’s new quintet. The first set was recorded from the front table on the right side. The second set was recorded from the second table dead center, so the sound is more balanced. Both renditions of Body and Soul are without Christian. For the second half of set two, Christian brought out his custom “reverse flugelhorn”, but never played it. For photos of the two horns, check this page: http://foresightandafterthought.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/christian-scott-atunde-adjuah/

Christian Scott Quintet – Isadora
October 19, 2012 – St. Louis, MO @ Jazz at the Bistro

Christian Scott Quintet – K.K.P.D. (incomplete)
October 19, 2012 – St. Louis, MO @ Jazz at the Bistro

10/22/12 UPDATE: It looks like Christian Scott is featured on a studio version of No Church In The Wild by a supergroup of next level jazz musicians calling themselves NEXT Collective. Their EP just dropped on iTunes today and the group is made up of Christian Scott, Matt Stevens, Jamire Williams, Ben Williams, Kris Bowers, Walter Smith III, Logan Richardson and Gerald Clayton. Check out their new EP over at The Revivalist.