Monday, June 1, 2009

DJ Zajazza-Musical Puzzle

The musical foundation behind the latest collaborative project between myself and fellow cohort from 3rd Party, Rabbi Darkside...Zajazza is a true loop digger with a love of the classics, and the skills and knowledge to bring it to you live. Musical Puzzle is Zajazza's latest homage to the roots of this culture we call hip hop. You can download the album for free by clicking this
link. Or you can click on the album cover. Peep below for the tracklisting and more desription about the project.

Musical Puzzle is a selection of breaks (jazz, soul, funk) mixed with freestyles from NYC hip hop artists. Zajazza tried with this mix to show the direct relationship between music from the 60’s/70’s and Hip Hop. Expect some famous samples used by Dr Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, US3 and more…

Zajazza’s comment:
“This project took me like 6 months of digging in the crates of Phily and New York, researching the right breaks and recording some NYC mcees in order to produce this homage to the roots of Hip Hop Music. So, what’s the recipe? Some good records, two turntables, a handheld recorder and some skilled mcees…”

Intro by Kid Lucky (Hip Hop Subway series) and Bill Blass on Kenny Burrel - Midnigth blue
Donald Byrd - Wind parade
Jimmy Smith - I’m gonna love you just a little bit more babe
The Wild Magnolias - Corey died on the battle field
Silver Convention - You turned me on, but you can’t turn me off (scratch interlude)
Mark Holder - Music Turns Me On
Richard Groove Holmes/Ernie Watts - Come Together
Barry Ungar - Lightly salted (Hip Hop Subway series freestyle)
Donald Byrd - Cantaloupe Island
(drum interlude)
David Mc Callum - The edge
S.O.U.L. - Soul
The meters - Live wire
George Freeman - The bump
Bill Withers - Still bill (scratch interlude)
Bobby Blue Bland - Goin down slow
Joe Williams - Get out my life woman
Lou Rawls - Christmas will be (Hired Gun freestyle)
Sly and the family stone - Sing a simele song
Sugar Ray - Knock him out (beat juggling interlude)
Michel Audiard - Tatou strip tease
Guy Pederson - Les copains de la basse
Bernard Wystaete - Day dream (poem by Aeden and freestyle by Bill Blass)
Driver OST - Driving (beat juggling interlude)
Sonny Stitt - Slick Eddie
Lou Donaldson - Blues walk
Brother Jack McDuff - Oblighetto
Ronnie foster - Mystic Brew (outro by Rawaness)

Zajazza is a French DJ/Producer who has been traveling around the world since 2002, finding musical adventures in Chile, Brazil, Portugal and New York City. In 2007, he spent a year in Brazil, digging and playing with the best local Hip Hop DJs, and MCs. The same year, he released the mixtape “O Segredo da Beleza“, a selection of the best Brazilian Popular Music he collected while touring. In 2008, he went to New York, and started to work with underground hip hop artists.

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