Friday, April 24, 2020

Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu The Fudgemunk - "Learning to Breathe"

Photo by Earl Davis
Jason Moore (aka Raw Poetic) had been sending music to his uncle for years. His uncle happens to be legendary jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp. It wasn't until Shepp heard his nephew's collaborations with producer/DJ Damu the Fudgemunk that he decided he was ready. The trio have an album coming out, and the first single, "Learning to Breathe," is simply a must hear. The album was improvised, and the melding of jazz and hip hop in "Learning to Breathe" is impossibly raw. There is a feeling to the song that you rarely get in modern music, let alone modern hip hop. Jazz and hip hop have been combined before, but rarely does it combine in such an intriguing and immediate way.

You can listen to "Learning to Breathe" below. Ocean Bridges, the upcoming album from Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu The Fudgemunk will be out on May 22 via Redefinition Records. You can pre-order a copy here

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