Shades of Blue (Stones Throw/Blue Note)
Yesterday’s New Quintet: Joe McDuphrey (keyboards), Ahmad Miller (vibes), Monk Hughes (bass), Joe Chambers, Otis Jackson Junior (drums).
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
On this album, California-based producer Madlib opened up the Blue Note vaults and produced his most well-respected album to date. Along with Yesterday's New Quintet, they recorded Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" for an audience that otherwise might not have heard it. Ahmad Miller, one of Madlib's various aliases, showcases his diversity and skills on vibes, which are only matched by his skills behind the boards. A must-have for any fan of jazz and hip-hop.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley