Wed 04.04.18

Vels Trio plays Madlib's 'Shades Of Blue'

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BRDCST: instrumental downtempo hip-hop classic celebrates its 15th anniversary

BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.

BRDCST spreads its wings! Doing so with two extra concert evenings at a location a stone’s throw away from AB: just recently renovated, jazz club The Music Village. Our focus in on The New Wave of Jazz that BRDCST last year – see: Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Thundercat,... –  devoted abundant attention to.

Please note: the Limited BRDCST Festival Pass is only valid for concerts in AB. You need a separate ticket for admittance to concerts in The Music Village.

The Music Village – Steenstraat/Rue des Pierres 50 – 1000 Brussels (halfway between AB & the Grand-Place) 


‘The UK jazz invasion’ that’s how The Guardian described the current exciting English jazz scène that is effervescent and rich in talent. Living proof: GoGo Penguin, Yussef Kamaal, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Binker & Moses, Shabaka Hutchings and now also fresh newcomers Vels Trio. Just like their American soulmates Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Badbadnotgood, they organically blend the hip-hop of J-Dilla or MF Doom with the sound of, say, Lonnie Listen Smith.

Debut EP ‘Yellow Ochre’ is bathed in a production by Dan Leavers (The Comet Is Coming) and contains a guest appearance by none less than saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. For BRDCST, Vels Trio reinterprets Madlib’s entire instrumental hip-hop classic ‘Shades Of Blue’.


MADLIB – ‘SHADES OF BLUE’ (2003 - Blue Note Records)
In ’18, it will be exactly 15 years ago since that ‘Shades Of Blue’ by hip-hop producer/multi-instrumentalist Madlib (see too: Jay Dilla, MF Doom, ...) saw the light of day on the renowned Blue Note label. For this classic, Madlib reworked Blue Note classics by the likes of Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson ‘into downtempo and instrumental hip hop art.’

In association with the Total Refreshment Centre.

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Als 90/100 een stoel hebben, is het wel sneu voor die tien die moeten recht staan.
Mooie avond, topband!
Alexander Cornelis
De setting op zich was fijn, eens iets anders dan wat je gewoon bent. Maar het geluid liet echt te wensen over. De trompet klonk veel te scherp, de drum was niet juist versterkt. Het geheel klonk helemaal niet zuiver, en dat is doodzonde voor duidelijk goede muzikanten. Ik ga naar de AB onder andere voor de goede klank, als je dat niet kan aanbieden op een externe locatie, hou je het beter in de AB.
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We are very worried about the situation and want to do our part in minimizing the outbreak of the virus. All the concerts up to and including the 7th of June will be suspended and if possible postponed to a new date.