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Hand on the Torch

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Hand On the Torch

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
Producers:
Blue Note
genre:
Jazz, Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A

Two Brit producers nabbed the rights to Blue Note Records’ vintage-jazz catalog and laid samples of the likes of Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Art Blakey under fresh raps (from new blood Rahsaan, Kobie Powell, and Tukka Yoot)-and had some young instrumentalists add a bit of improvisational life on Hand On the Torch. What could have easily degenerated into arty posturing is a compelling, danceable delight (with one of the best singles of the year, ”Cantaloop”).

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