Soulshowmike’s Album Picks: Jazz is Dead 1 by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad

click to enlarge Adrian Younge with his band The Midnight Hour at Club Cafe in 2018 - PHOTO: MIKE CANTON

Photo: Mike Canton

Adrian Younge with his band The Midnight Hour at Club Cafe in 2018

Welcome to the first installment of Soulshowmike’s Album Picks. While combing through R&B, jazz, hip hop, and associated cross-fertilizations to create The Soul Show’s weekly playlist, I often post discoveries on social media to give heads-ups to listeners. Hopefully, you CP readers will find this enjoyable in your music-loving lives. As it turns out, this first installment of SSM’s Album Picks is about a collection of releases, a series entitled “Jazz is Dead.” Los Angeles musician and producer Adrian Younge, with his steady collaborator Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest fame), began with Jazz is Dead 1, a team effort with old-school luminaries Gary Bartz, Roy Ayers, Brian Jackson, and Doug Carn. Brazilian flavor was injected via Marcos Valle, Joao Donato, and Azymuth.

As the “Jazz is Dead” series has unfolded over the summer months, we see that 1 was a sampler, followed by Roy Ayers: Jazz is Dead 2 and Marcos Valle: Jazz is Dead 3. Expect more to follow.

Having followed Adrian Younge’s career since his 2011 Something About April release, I’m convinced that he is one of the most quietly influential producers of his generation. Hear my Fall 2018 interview with him here: tinyurl.com/soulshowadrianyounge


Mike Canton is the longtime host and producer of The Soul Show, from 2-5 p.m. Saturdays on 91.3FM WYEP. He recently launched a syndicated edition of the program, now airing in three markets, and is also a Pittsburgh-area voice artist.