We start with a performance from UK saxophonist/composer Denys Baptiste: it’s “Dusk Dawn,” from last year’s album, The Last Trane. As you might expect from that album title, it’s based on the work of John Coltrane…this track is specifically from Coltrane’s 1965 album, Kulu Sé Mama. There’s really only one other thing to say about this: let it be your life goal to love something you do as much as the gentleman drumming in this video absolutely freaking loves playing the drums.
Kutiman is apparently an Israeli DJ (I say apparently because his site is being destroyed right now by traffic) who has taken a slew of YouTube videos and sampled/remixed them into a series of seven badass jam/songs that he calls “Thru You.” It’s fantastic and a pox upon Doc for sending this to me and blitzing my productivity for the rest of the afternoon.
I think it’s like Danger Mouse decided to taken on the entire goddamn Internet. Doc says, “He’s taken my belief that YouTube’s best function is for finding talented unknown musicians, and followed it to the logical extreme. YouTube is the best unsigned act in the world.”
Here’s all of the songs in a single playlist for your convenience. Check them out. Let me know what you think.