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PR: 9th Wonder, ?uestlove & More - "Freedom Suite"
Posted by Steve Juon at Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 12:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

From Giant Step Press:

9th Wonder, ?uestlove & More - "Freedom Suite"

Freedom Suite
Jazz vocalist and multi Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon joins hip-hop quartet The Beast to release Freedom Suite: a 10-track collection of creative reflections on jazz and hip-hop. Freedom Suite will be available for FREE download, digitally released on Okayplayer's new jazz channel, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010.

With guest appearances from 9th Wonder, Branford Marsalis, Phonte (of The Foreign Exchange/Little Brother), YahZarah, Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo) and several others, Freedom Suite follows in the tradition of other collaborative jazz and hip-hop projects like the late Guru's Jazzmatazz. The album features six original songs written and produced by The Beast, which are infused with both a live jazz aesthetic (drums, bass, piano, percussion, strings and horns were all recorded live) and an electronic/sample-based hip-hop aesthetic. Freedom Suite also includes five contemporary interpretations of "standards" from the jazz and hip-hop cannon, including arrangements of Mos Def's "Umi Says," Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Charmichael's "Skylark" and Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop."

Interludes + Conversations on the Album
In addition to progressive production and songwriting, Freedom Suite also weaves an intellectual discourse into the album. Between songs, Beast emcee Pierce Freelon engages musicians and scholars such as Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Amiri Baraka, Christian McBridge, James Moody and others in one-on-one discussions about music, culture and life.

The Revivalist
Freedom Suite will be released in conjunction with the launch of Okayplayer's new jazz culture blog, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010. The Revivalist is the leading online journal for the burgeoning jazz community. They are music innovators, musicians, and music lovers documenting and foretelling the stories of jazz and how it has influenced today's popular music.

Tracklist of Songs (Not Including Interviews)

- "Freedom Part II"
The Beast, ft. Suede & Nnenna Freelon
produced by The Applejuice Kid

- "Let Go"
The Beast ft. Tyler Woods

- "Get Out of Town"
Nnenna Freelon ft. Phonte
produced by Ambersongs

- "Rise Above The Sky (Doo Wop redux)"
The Beast ft. Rhapsody & Yahzarah

- "No Escape"
The Beast ft. Carlitta Durand & Darien Brockington

- "If We Love"
Nnenna Freelon ft. King Mez & Thee Tom Hardy

- "Once Again"
The Beast ft. Kooley High

- "Strange Love"
The Beast ft. Shirlette Ammons

- "Skylark"
Nnenna Freelon
produced by Kevin Timmons

- "Umi Says"
The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon

Expect a wealth of new material from The Beast & Nnenna, including new interviews, behind-the-scenes videos, in-studio sessions, B-sides, freestyles, live events, and more coming soon, with possibilities of exclusive premieres (please contact us if you're interested).

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