Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Suite for Ma Dukes

by Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

This four-piece LP (I bought it in digital) is a lovely and touching arrangement of four J Dilla classics (Antiquity, Fall in Love, Nag Champa, and Find A Way) arranged as chamber music.

The music remains highly recognizable as Dilla's, but it also runs with its own interpretation of the music. The respect the musicians have for Dilla is evident throughout, but this piece allows his work to move to a new level.

The pieces can be downloaded from Stones Throw. I believe that all proceeds go to Dilla's mother, who is still paying off his medical bills, and is herself in poor health.

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