Milestones: Madlib’s Shades Of Blue W/ Vels Trio & Friends


The intersection between jazz and hip-hop has been a home for many artists. Whether it’s producers digging through old records so they can flip a sample, jazz musicians making an amalgam between the sampled track and the OG recording.

In 2003, Madlib was invited into the dank catacombs of the original Blue Note master tapes for a "remix" project. Remixing classics by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds, Donald Byrd, Ronnie Foster and Bobby Hutcherson into outsider works of downtempo and instrumental hip-hop art.

The idea for this gig sprung at the Total Refreshment Studios as Vels Trio were recording their debut EP. The session culminated as they decided to record a version of Donald Byrd’s ‘Steppin Into Tomorrow’, Madlib’s on their mind.

This February, Total Refreshment presents a Vels Trio rendition of Madlib's ‘Shades Of Blue’ alongside some of London’s heaviest cats.

Line up:

Vels Trio :
Keys : Jack Stephenson-Oliver
Drums : Dougal Taylor
Bass: Cameron Dawson
Saxophone: Nubya Garcia
Trumpet : Nick Walters
Effects & Drum triggers : Luke Patterson
Vocals: Slam The Poet

Curator for this show, Lexus Blondin will be spinning records before and after the show.

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