The Diplomats are Harlem mixtape legends, radio hit re-appropriators and some of the best rappers around. Led by Cam'ron (he of the purple haze), Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, the Diplomats spit over trebly strings and vocal samples, the beat a Yankee approximation of crunk — tinny like static pops, with occasional gong booms. In addition to three Diplomats-related cuts ('Mats, Jim Jones, Dipset), this sampler includes tracks from hip-hop's strangest father-son team: No Limit maven Master P and his boy-baller Lil Romeo.
By Britt Robson on 10.02.12 in Reviews
Donny McCaslin has long seemed a prime candidate to update and upgrade fusion jazz-rock. Since as far back as Seen From Above in 2000, his tenor saxophone style has been fueled by a rambunctious lyricism that isn't afrai...
By Ken Micallef on 09.28.12 in Reviews
Over the course of 20 albums as a leader, trumpeter Dave Douglas has reconfigured the role of his instrument within jazz while broadening the music's ever flexible palette as a composer and arranger. Whether performing t...
By Peter Margasak on 05.22.12 in Reviews
On her terrific second album, bassist and composer Linda Oh digs deep within her personal history and surrounds herself with top-flight musicians to bring her ideas to life in full-blown color. Oh was born in Malaysia to...
By Seth Colter Walls on 12.21.11 in Reviews
In 2011, trumpeter Dave Douglas released three short albums (by modern standards) under his "Green Leaf Portable" rubric. This "portable" designation — as well as the "just another in a series" style of numbering e...