Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge have collaborated with jazz icons for the Jazz Is Dead 001 compilation. It is the first release from the Jazz Is Dead label. Muhammad and Younge have fulfilled creative dreams working with Roy Ayers, Azymuth, Brian Jackson, Gary Bartz, Doug Carn, Joâo Donato and Marcus Valle on this inaugural project. Muhammad had this to say about jazz music and the new album:
“What is Jazz in 2020? I can answer that this way: jazz artists have not only been an inspiration that has shaped my development as a musician, but their music is deeply rooted into the foundation of the Hip-Hop culture. We have risen because their head-nodding beats, lush chord progressions, soul ripping melodies and bellowing bass-lines have given us a musical backbeat to poetically flow on until the break of dawn. To me, it’s all freedom music and Jazz Is Dead is motivating a movement.”
Listen to “Hey Lover” their collaboration with Roy Ayers. Jazz Is Dead will be released on March 20th.