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Acid Jazz Playlist, February 1, 2014

Touted as "the next big jazz guitarist," hailed by the New York Times as a "whiz
kid," and dubbed "incredible" by the Montreal Gazette, rising star Nir Felder
has been making big waves in the New York City jazz scene since his arrival in

For Golden Age, Felder recruited pianist Aaron Parks,
bassist Matt Penman and drummer Nate Smith to join him in bringing his unique
musical vision to life. But it s Felder s exquisite playing that sets the
standard for this album; from fully strummed electric guitar chords to delicate
finger-picked notes to spirals of single-note runs that fully exhibit Felder's
jazz chops.

The album was not born of a concept, but the title does
provide a unifying sentiment- one of ambiguity and duality. Says Felder, "Was
the past a golden age? Is this one? Has there really ever been one? The question
is always according to whom? So there s a lack of clarity about whether things
are going great or they re really bad, and the music reflects that." To augment
his instrumental takes on those questions, Felder studied dozens of legendary
speeches and mixed spoken-word samples in with the music from Hillary Clinton,
Mario Cuomo, Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Lou Gehrig, Elie Wiesel and others. The results are sweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.


Nir Felder: Sketch 2 BUY from Golden Age
Bobby Womack: American Dream BUY from Essential Bobby Womack
Nir Felder: Bandits II BUY from Golden Age
Da Lata: Monkeys And Anvils (feat. Rich Medina & Finn Peters) BUY from Fabiola
Gil Scott-Heron: Lady Day And John Coltrane BUY from Pieces Of A Man
Sly & The Family Stone: Everybody Is A Star BUY from Playlist: The Very Best Of Sly & The Family Stone
Joe Cuba: Do You Feel It BUY from Bustin' Out
Thievery Corporation: Retaliation Suite BUY from Radio Retaliation
Louie Vega & Elements Of Life: Children Of The World (Roots NYC Mix) (feat. Josh Milan) BUY from Eclipse
Robert Glasper: I Stand Alone (feat. Common & Patrick Stump) BUY from Black Radio 2
The Parliaments: (I Wanna) Testify BUY from Soul Shots, Vol. 9: More Dance Party
William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got BUY from Be Thankful for What You Got
Colonel Abrams: I Don't Know BUY from Acid Jazz: Collection 2
Nir Felder: Lover BUY from Golden Age
MC Solaar: Devotion BUY from Prose Combat
John McLaughlin: Off the One BUY from Floating Point
Jazzanova: Mwela, Mwela (Here I Am) (Bugz in the Attic Remix) BUY from Got the Bug
Sergio Mendes: Maracatu Atomico (feat. Seu Jorge) BUY from Bom Tempo
Tower Of Power: Down To The Nightclub BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Live On The Air & In The Studio 1974)
Tower Of Power: Just When We Start Makin' It BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Live On The Air & In The Studio 1974)
Trilok Gurtu: Maya (Badmarsh & Shri Remix) BUY from Asia Lounge 3
Thomas Blondet feat. E-Ball: The Way We Go BUY from Sounds Of Rhythm & Culture
Jr. Walker: Shotgun (Los Amigos Invisibles Mix) BUY from Motown Remixed, Vol. 2
Nir Felder: Before The Tsars (Edit) BUY from Golden Age

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