Celestial Impressions.

I was playing records this morning… just grabbing and pulling random selections – whatever felt right. Played a variety of cuts from albums I hadn’t heard for a bit. One album led to the next and I ended up rediscovering an amazing album from super-duper-dope producer, Elusive. If you’re not familiar with this West Coast beat maker, check the resume:

He’s produced for many, many incredible MC’s but this one is from his side group, Dreamweavers (Elusive & L*Roneous) Feat. The Grouch…

This is some Lo-Fi Hip Hop featuring some of your favorite Living Legends…

He’s produced more than a few tracks for the Living Legends, their affiliates, associates, friends and the like. If you get down with West Coast Underground Hip Hop, you know somebody he’s produced for.

A super fresh track with Gift of Gab…

His range of production covers everything from sampling obscure jazz and blues to reggae. I really get down with his reggae/dancehall samples that he fuses with that West Coast Hip Hop feel.

Lots of his production has a jazzy feel to it. One particularly jazzy cut of his led me to throw on a Bill Laswell produced nod to Miles Davis, Panthalassa: The Remixes. A dozen years ago, this record was getting much spin around my way. I was heavy into Miles Davis back then. Anyway here’s the cut I threw on following inspiration from some Elusive tracks.

DJ Cam with the Miles Davis remix…

I was about to throw on some more DJ Cam (if you don’t know about this French DJ/producer…find out!) when I remembered…Oh Yeah!, I have an Elusive jazz album somewhere in this house. I shuffled through the rows of CD’s in our living room closet and BAM! there it was.

The all red album with the trumpet sitting front and center like a piece of art in a museum. The album is called Celestial Impressions. By himself, he could have crafted a Jazz album that sampled great horns and other instruments. Instead he chose to showcase L.A. trumpeter, Josh Koslow. Together these two have created an album cut from the same cloth as DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo’s Ki-Oku and DJ Cam’s Mad Blunted Jazz. If you’re not familiar with either of those, follow for now:

DJ Krush and Toshinori Kondo…

And something from DJ Cam’s Mad Blunted Jazz album…

Alright, back to the artists at hand. These two L.A. representatives put together 15 solid tracks for their collaborative effort. Unfortunately, there aren’t any liner notes that accompany the album so there isn’t too much for me to share in that respect. But I think I should just let the music speak for itself.

Here’s track 10 off their album…

You can see what I mean about how the album could have sounded, sans trumpet. The piano samples, strings, and steady beat are solid on their own. Throw in that trumpet though…goodness gracious. That’s a beautiful thing. If you can find this album, do yourself a solid and pick it up.

On his own, Josh Koslow has been staying active. He’s held down trumpet duties on many Living Legends releases including this one…

While searching YouTube for the Moonchild track from above I also came across this track featuring Josh Koslow that I hadn’t previously heard. I quite like it. Gonna hafta get a copy for the Kitchenmix. Check it:

Bookmark that in my brain, Garfield Adams. Got it.

Hope you found something here in this post that excites you and makes you want to make a purchase. Stay tuned, though, I will be showcasing more jazzy gems real soon. Peace.

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