MIX: Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber
by Winston "Stone" Ford
DOWNLOAD: Shaolin Jazz – The 37th Chamber
Hip-hop and Jazz. Both musical forms have a legacy in American music history, and are musical and spiritual cousins.
Both musical forms were outlets for African American creative expression, and both jazz and hip-hop continue to have a rich musical relationship. From the Lost Poets to Guru’s Jazzmatazz.
After two successful listening parties in both New York and DC, Shaolin Jazz is finally here. The project was inspired by Logan Walters’ Wu Tang Album Covers project, which combined the Wu with the classic and iconic style of Blue Note jazz album covers. However, although there were images, there was no music. Until now. The project, conceived by Washington, DC’s Gerald Watson and 2-Tone Jones, combines classic Jazz masters with the voices of Staten Island’s most famous collective.
The result is one of the most interesting concepts I’ve seen in a while, executed to perfection, and the best guess of what it would sound like if the Wu took a time machine to the past.