Out of the Gloom


Future Jazz – MizellStory – N R Time

Mizell BrothersFor past few years I’ve been really getting stuck in to Jazz. Different artists and producers from different labels have been vying for my attention. None more so than the Mizell Brothers. It started with the compilation Mizell Brothers at Blue Note. Blue Note is obviously the home of many seminal artists and recordings over the years. This album features cuts by the likes of Bobbi Humphrey & Donald Byrd amongst many others who had albums produced by the brothers for Blue Note.


The second to last track on the CD really got me thinking though. Sometimes you listen to something that sounds so ahead of its time you have to question when was it made. N R Time is a case in point, scatty broken beats, beautiful chords and strings reminiscent of something you might of heard in 2005 when broken beat was big. For all my life I was convinced it was a modern recording there’s just too many signs for me to be wrong, right? One look inside the album sleeve revealed the truth. Much to my dismay I was listening live and direct to the sounds of 1974! Incredible, I’m still not convinced but what I read couldn’t have been a lie. Listen for yourself and decide!

If you’ve never heard of the brothers, you’ll definitely have heard and danced to their work. Check this selection on Red Bull Radio:


BONUS, just seen a Red Bull Music Lecture with the brothers too:


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