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"Day Of Spirit Man (produced by Madlib)"
Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm
"Day Of Spirit Man (produced by Madlib)"

Day Of Spirit Man (produced by Madlib)” by Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm

another abstract jazz piece from Otis Jackson Jr. with a smooth upbeat head nodder (once you get pass the intro), a very rhodes & moog heavy groove though.

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Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm - Time 

If you’re familiar with Madlib, you know he’s a huge lover of jazz. From his take on classic cuts in the album ‘Shade’s of Blue’ to his creation of the fictional jazz quintet 'Yesterday’s New Quintet’, Madlib has proven himself noteworthy amongst jazz cats. Monk Hughes is actually another one of Madlib’s alter egos and this album has influenced some transcendental ideas while I’ve listened to it while brainstorming off a toke of the chronic. 

Shortly after jazz great Weldon Irvine’s tragic death in 2002, Madlib entered his studio under the name Monk Hughes (Yesterdays New Quintet) & composed an instrumental tribute album to his spiritual-mentor’s life & music. It’s only fitting - Irvine was one of the first to give Madlib’s Yesterdays New Quintet project respect as part & parcel of jazz’s ever expanding legacy. Monk Hughes & Outer Realm CD-“A Tribute To Brother Weldon’- was first manufactured as an "in-house” Stones Throw Records listening-piece complete with a custom Jeff Jank cover & a press run of about ten copies. An early dub made it’s way to tastemaker Gilles Peterson, who played it on his acclaimed Worldwide Show on BBC/Radio 1 in the UK. Those who knew the project often asked the same question that the cult who followed Yesterdays New Quintet’s promo-only “Stevie” release asked: “When is this thing going to see a proper release?” Now, over a year later, “A Tribute To Brother Weldon” follows up “Stevie” as the second in a series of YNQ projects to be commercially released by Stones Throw Records in 2004.

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"Nodlew's Sea (produced by Madlib)"
Monk Hughes & The Outer Realm
"Nodlew's Sea (produced by Madlib)"

Nodlew’s Sea (produced by Madlib)” by #Monk Huges & The Outer Realm

Another abstract jazz piece from Otis Jackson Jr. inspried by Weldon Irvine, this one is a busy but slow tempo jam session that’s heavy on percussion & rhodes with breakdowns thru-out.