More than any other hip-hop producer, J. Dilla, born James Yancey February 7, 1974, has impacted how jazz musicians write and play today. His famously “drunken” drum programming, his singular approach to harmonization and his bass playing have all become part of the lexicon of modern jazz. To mark what would be Dilla’s 50th birthday (he passed away from complications of a rare blood disease and Lupus in 2006) Sean McPherson connected with Jedidiah Jones and Kevin Gamble. In addition to being a broadcaster here on Jazz88 Jones is a music producer. Kevin Gamble is a popular keyboardist in the Twin Cities music scene as well as a producer. Listen to this episode to hear reflections on Dilla’s impact, snippets of his productions and enthusiasm on where music is heading next!
This interview aired on The Afternoon Cruise 02/07/24
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