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Andy Milne

Andy Milne

Andy Milne didn’t grow up on funk, and the pianist/composer hasn’t delved deep into hip-hop. Ironically, hip-hop and funk greatly inform much of his music with Dapp Theory. “I listened to jazz long before I listened to any R&B,” Milne says. “Certain things are familiar to you, simply because they’re around you. I don’t listen to hip-hop that much either but, hip-hop is everywhere, even on the TV commercials. I can sit on my front stoop in Brooklyn and hear hip-hop without having to turn on the stereo-just from the cars driving by.”

Call it osmosis or a second-hand high, but there’s no denying that Milne’s writing and playing have a distinctively funky flavor. During the early to mid-’90s, he held down the piano chair in alto saxophonist, composer and M-Base philosopher Steve Coleman’s numerous bands, including the Metrics, which provided Milne the opportunity to interact with rappers such as Kokayi. “Being in that band was like playing a couple of different roles-playing with sound and dealing with being an accompanist. I was thinking of these MCs as vocalists as if I was backing up Dianne Reeves, only I had to choose a different palette,” Milne says.

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