Borahm Lee Shares His Love For J Dilla Ahead Of Brooklyn Comes Alive Tribute Jam

first_img“We are going to present a showcase of his music, and the philosophies behind his music.” Borahm LeeLed by Break Science’s Borahm Lee, the J Dilla tribute at Brooklyn Comes Alive will explore the annals of a man who is considered among the greatest producers in hip-hop history. The session will include a nuclear-equipped squad well versed in the school of Dilla dawg. Collaborators include drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), bassist Stu Brooks (Matisyahu, 50 Cent, Pretty Lights), Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Chauncey Yearwood (High & Might Brass Band). Visionary hip-hop producer J Dilla did not find huge mainstream success during his brief time on Earth. Yet in the decade since his death, Dilla has come to represent a major influence on hip-hop and electronic music’s DNA. His apex was in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he created mind-bending music that sounded insanely original, and employed studio tactics that didn’t seem possible. Dilla teased with textures and perfected drum tones. He reimagined the art of the sample, making it malleable instead of rigid. He also blessed the culture with an emotional quotient inside of the bombastic boom bap, a structure that had informed the golden era of hip hop. Dilla broke the mold and stepped into the future.“In the spirit of dub greats like Lee Scratch Perry, and King Tubby, Dilla put the music upfront, so it could carry itself without the rapper, the music itself was potent enough on it’s own. His music can make you go in to a trance, like the dub styles.  It’s so modular, heady, and psychedelic too. There is a hypnotizing quality. But the beats are hard!” Borahm LeeDilla’s imprint is felt far beyond hip-hop: In recent years, the artist formerly known as Jay Dee has left a long shadow over modern jazz and funk. He’s never belonged to the jam band community per se, but since his passing in 2006 from a rare blood disease, his legacy has helped this scene incorporate elements of hip hop and electronica, such as Portland, Maine’s Jaw Gems, or Break Science, Lee’s future-music duo with drummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch.“The man is a movement, he was completely ahead of his time, even more so posthumously. He made so much music, even though he lived such a short life. It’s crazy, yet it’s so tragic. A lot of other legendary artists died far too young too, like Jimi Hendrix or Charlie Parker. I put Dilla right there in that category of artists.” Borahm LeeSo what sets Dilla apart? Why has his creativity, artistic vision and virtuosity proved so captivating to the jam band crowd?For one, Dilla was a sort of human musical encyclopedia. In his studio, he stored and collected thousands of vinyl records, many of them jazz and funk, into specific sections and kept them alphabetized so that he could cue up the perfect sample right when the inspiration struck. He didn’t just rely on his gigantic record collection, either. He was always ready to pick up a guitar or a bass, or sit down behind the drum kit, or tickle on some chords on the keyboard. This type of dedication to minutia, and multi-instrumentalism speaks to the jamband community.Dilla would manically mine clips from albums just for the timbre of a single note, or the crackling textures of vinyl, or the boom-bap of a kick/snare hit. There was Dilla’s approach to lacing up the rhythms of those legendary drumbeats. Many beat-makers use a method known as quantizing, which lets you perfectly subdivide electric drum-machine sounds into positions within a measure. The pattern can repeat itself, known as a “loop.” Dilla instead most often chose to play beats on a drum machine, creating them by hand in real time. That offered him a chance to color his beats and rhythms with a signature drunken monkey style: jazzy, grooving, laid back and landing just behind the beat.“His whole philosophy, from the sounds of his drums, to the rhythmic theories, to the placement and dissection of samples, he did so much to influence the musicians of his day, and especially today. Look at bands like Lettuce or producers like Taylor McFerrin, who’s one of my favorites, and of course a Flying Lotus too. His influence spreads like Bob Marley’s did to reggae music, changes people’s perspective from hip-hop to electronic, and in between, the people know J Dilla.“One can only imagine what this super group of hip-hop and electronic players will cook up for this next installment of Borahm Lee’s tribute to J Dilla, coming up at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Check out three of Borahm Lee’s favorite Dilla deep cuts, below.last_img read more

“Sonia” Found Guilty of Trafficking Drugs to United States

first_imgBy Dialogo March 12, 2012 On March 6, Anayibe Rojas Valderrama, known as “Sonia,” a member of the FARC guerrilla group, and two other Colombian citizens were found guilty of trafficking drugs to the United States, sources at a Washington, D.C., district court informed AFP. This is the first time that a defendant suspected of FARC membership has been found guilty in a U.S. court. The 12 jurors who heard the case at a court in the District of Colombia, the U.S. capital, unanimously found Sonia, Jose Antonio Celis (alias “Calvo” [Bald]), and Juan Diego Giraldo (alias “Flaco” [Thin]) guilty of conspiracy to import and sell cocaine in the United States, by way of what the prosecutor’s office described as a “Panamanian connection.” According to judicial sources, sentencing is expected to be on May 4. Sources close to the case indicated that the penalty “Sonia” could receive for the charges against her ranges between 10 and 30 years in prison. The case also included a fourth defendant, José Benito Cabrera Cuevas (alias “Fabián Ramírez”), the only one of the defendants not in the power of the U.S. authorities. Celis, who is not suspected of being a member of the FARC, was described by prosecutors as responsible for trafficking the drugs by way of Panama, and Giraldo, also not a member of the rebel group, was described as an intermediary between the drug traffickers and the cocaine producers. The prosecutor’s office characterized “Sonia” as one of the leaders of Front 14 of the Southern Bloc of the FARC, which it described as Colombia’s leading guerrilla group, and stated that the proceeds from the drug trafficking of which she was accused were used to buy merchandise for the guerrilla group. Prosecutors in a Washington, D.C. district court also described “Sonia” as the “administrator” of the drug-shipment operations of Front 14 of the Southern Bloc of the FARC.last_img read more

Bengals longest serving manager Sameer Dasgupta passes away

first_imgKolkata, Nov 23 (2016) Bengal cricket fraternity was today left in a state of shock at sudden demise of their longest serving manager Samir Dasgupta. Dasgupta suffered massive cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The 74-year-old, who had accompanied Bengal Ranji team till their match against Tamil Nadu in Rajkot from November 13-16. From Rajkot, Bengal were travelling to Lahli but Dasguptas health deteriorated and he returned to Kolkata from Mumbai. He was admitted to a Kolkata hospital on November 19. “He suffered a cardiac arrest around 6.40am today at the RN Tagore Hospital and breathed his last,” his son-in-law told PTI from his Baranagar residence. Gentleman to the core, the soft-spoken Dasgupta had only won friends and easily the most popular Bengal team manager. During one season (209-10), the CAB had appointed Rusi Jejeebhoy as the manager but the association knew that players wanted Dasgupta back. He was back during next season. The vice-president of East Bengal, Dasgupta served the club at different capacities including being the cricket secretary and had roped in Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev to play for the red-and-gold during the P Sen Trophy, 1992. Never had Eden Gardens seen close to 50,000 people for a club game with Sachin and Kapil playing for East Bengal and Javagal Srinath representing Mohun Bagan. It was possible because of Dasgupta, who has also been local manager of Indian team. A former CAB assistant secretary, Dasgupta went on to become the most-sought after manager of the the senior team and held the position during their last two notable performances ? in 2005-06 and 06-07 Ranji Trophy when they finished runners-up. A diabetic but Dasgupta would always carry boxes of sweets with him and greet every cricketer in his special fondly manner. “We would always get sweets from him. During winters he would give us Nalengurer rosogolla. He was such a gentle soul someone who would always make you smile with his positive vibes,” former Bengal captain Rohan Gavaskar fondly recalls. “There came a time when junk foods like sweets and pizzas were banned but we knew where to get it, and we would head straight to Samirdas room,” former Bengal captain turned commentator Deep Dasgupta said. He further added how he went out of his way to sort things out, be it laundry, room or the tickets. “He was one of the friendliest administrators the sport has ever seen. Be it the DA, arranging a hotel or making sure of the laundry, he will go out of his way to ensure that the player is in a comfort zone, free from any hassle. Its a personal loss for me,” the captain of the Bengal Ranji runners-up said. The wicketkeeper batsman also recalled how Samir da as he was affectionately called played an instrumental role in shaping his career when he was signed by him to play for East Bengal during his under-17 days. CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said:”Ive known him from the time of my father. He has always served the association tirelessly. Besides being an expert in man management, he was a warm and honest human being. His sudden and untimely death is most unfortunate, and has left us grief-stricken.” “May his family get the courage to deal with this tragedy,” Avishek said in his condolence message. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more