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JazzTimes 10: Great Blue Note Tracks from the 1970s

Paying long-overdue tribute to the label’s most underappreciated era

2. Ronnie Foster: “Mystic Brew” (from Two-Headed Freap, 1972)
After A Tribe Called Quest released its 1991 jazz/hip-hop classic The Low End Theory, which even featured Ron Carter on bass, the group followed with 1993’s galvanizing Midnight Marauders, on which rapper and producer Q-Tip continued mining jazz-funk jewels. The stuttering bassline and evocative harmony of organist Ronnie Foster’s “Mystic Brew” became the anchor for Tribe’s hip-hop standard “Electric Relaxation.” Its hazy funk has also powered hot joints by Madlib, Kerri Chandler, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar.

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John Murph

John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music journalist and DJ. He’s written for numerous outlets that include JazzTimes, DownBeat, NPR Jazz, JazzWise, The Root, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic Monthly. He hosts a weekly radio program at Eaton Hotel DC.