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Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd, with Herbie Hancock (Photo by Francis Wolff)

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Dave Brubeck

Photo by Carel L. de Vogel

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Jazz Portrait: "Roy Ayers" by Robert Trujillo

A brilliant work by Bay Area artist Robert "Tres" Trujillo.

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Pharaoh Sanders Doesn't Smile

Well, usually he doesn't. But this photograph shows a uncharacteristic side of the great jazzman.

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Inspired With Art: Hip Hop Sampling Album Covers

Some Hip Hop artists not only sample music from previous decades, but they also sample the album art as well.

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Lessons Learned: The Roots Picnic 2012

The Roots Picnic is a staple of the Summer concert circuit. Beyond the live performances, this years event served as an anthropological trip through Hip-Hop's growing generational gap.

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The Photography of Francis Wolff (Blue Note Records)

We have definitely seen his work, but we may not know his name. If you like jazz, this is a name that you must know because his contributions to the genre are immeasurable.

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Roy Ayers – He's Coming / Smif n Wesson – Dah Shinin'

While Roy Ayers was a heavy influence for many Hip Hop artists in the 90's, Smif n Wesson sampled more than just Roy Ayers' music.

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REL – Out Of View (Instrumental) (Download) (2012)

The crew of the Roy Ayers Project are respectively involved in other ventures, and camera man / editor REL has just released his instrumental project entitled "Out Of View".

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Proof – Searchin' (Produced by Jay Dee) (Circa 1996)

If we had to pick one Dilla track to post on royayersproject.com, this would be the one, for obvious reasons. Vintage Jay Dee while using Roy Ayers as his muse.

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J Dilla: Rated E for Everyone

J Dilla's legacy is truly a great one, and with someone who is loved and appreciated world wide, there is plenty of love and appreciation to go around.

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James Yancey Productions – Mixed by DJ Haylow (Download) (2005)

I have always liked Dilla. I liked him before his listeners became fans, and his fans became stans, and the stans became a cult. Like everyone, I bashed the Pharcyde's LabCabinCalifornia album when it came out. "It's not like the first one", I thought as a juvenile Hip Hop head. ...

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – My Little Brown Book (1962) (Motion Graphic Interpretation)

Visuals provided by Defetto.

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An Artist's Interpretation: Slavomir Hryniewiecki x Knxwledge

Coming from Poland, we have a brilliant artists who was inspired by one of our previous beat submissions.

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Art Blakey & the Afro-Drum Ensemble – The African Beat (1962)

Art Blakey teams up with the Afro-Drum Ensemble as he records a jazz album fused with a traditional African sound.

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Common / Mos Def / Black Thought – Hurricane (Ayentee Remix) (Download)

This is a Roy Ayers Project exclusive provided by Ayentee, as he combines some of the best emcees with an excellent Roy Ayers sample.

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Fela Kuti and Africa 70 in Berlin (1976) (Video)

Fela performs "Cross Examination" in this excellent quality video, which also shows the magnificence of Africa 70 and Fela's dancers.

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The Art of Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas' art is truly one of a kind. Created in the 60's, but ever so relevant today, his design is nothing less than revolutionary.

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Fred Hampton, The Panther

Fred Hampton is an inspiration to us all, and his spirit remains alive.

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Erykah Badu’s Most Profound Song

Over 10 years later, Bag Lady is still a recording like no other, and here are a few reasons why.

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