It’s Episode 54 of Comprehensive Beatdown with Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G!
The guys are back this week with one of their most anticipated albums of the year, “Take Me to the Alley” by Gregory Porter. This is Porter’s 4th solo album and his follow-up to the Grammy winning (best jazz vocal performance) “Liquid Spirit.” Silent G talks about his experience seeing Gregory Porter at Jazz Fest in New Orleans last weekend in the Jazz Tent as a severe thunderstorm wreaked havoc on the festival grounds, causing the cancellation of the remainder of the day’s shows, including a two-hour Stevie Wonder performance.
The intro music comes from the new Lack of Afro Album, “Hello Baby.”
With the release of Book of Savvy 2 slated to drop later this month and rumors of The Bottom Linebeing completed, Savvy (Crown Me Entertainment) drops a loosie that he recorded for the Nat Turner Soundtrack. “Revolt” features a fiery call to arms from the Jacktown emcee in the form of a singular verse bookended by an iconic Malcolm X speech over bass heavy production by Mack XI. Get familiar with the name Savvy, if you aren’t already, this is gearing up to be his summer.
On Comprehensive Beatdown this week, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G listen to Disc 2 of Kamasi Washington’s newest 3 CD album, “The Epic,” which was released on May 5, 2015, on Brainfeeder Records, the label owned by Flying Lotus. “The Epic” solidifies Washington’s place as a leader in the American jazz scene. On top of that, he has played with a wide-range of artists including Wayne Shorter, Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq, Nas, and most recently on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
The guys also check out new songs from Skyzoo, Disclosure (featuring Gregory Porter), and MDMX, the collaboration between 7evenThirty and 5-D, both Jackson natives and Dallas transplants. Finally, the podcast is excited to welcome as guest picker, one of their biggest fans, Wade Thompson, who submitted “Legacy” from Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy Smith.
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G change it up again this week, with their first foray into a non-hip hop album. The guys listen to Ibeyi’s self titled debut album. There is a lot to discuss here, as the women of Ibeyi fill their music, which is down-tempo beat driven for the most part, with spiritual messages and imagery. A couple of the normal segments return to the podcast this week. The guys bring back the track selection segment, with Silent G choosing a track from Nneka’s new album and Bloggy Bonilla playing a track from the latest Fae Simon album. The guys also bring back the “Local Music” segment and play a track from Jackson singer Tawanna Shaunte’s excellent new album, “Freedom Agent.” Finally, everyone’s favorite segment, “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends,” makes its triumphant return, but this time Silent G is dropping the shittiness on the podcast.
Here we go again………I promise to never leave ya’ll again…..most likely…..who knows…..I don’t…..We’re going to change some things up around here. More on that later……Until then, enjoy some John Sebastian