ProleteR - Rookie

ProleteR - Rookie
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By The River - Lifted stylistically from 1920s jazz complete with tight female vocal part and improvised horn counterpoint. There is just a dab of 21st century mixed in so a 1920s jazz aficianado might notice. A little bit of vocal processing or sung vocal processing at the end.

No Place I Can Go - Gershwinesque. Drum machine like beat brings the hiphop. The female vocal is a little bit lower and darker and not always on top. The drums are just enough out of style that I find them distracting but I don't think a hiphop listener would even notice.

Not Afraid - Djangoesque. With a DJ and some spoken word as a short interlude before piano takes the melody. The most hiphop influence so far. Soaring female vocal in the background. Piano solo. Freddie Green comping on guitar. Spoken parts like found music. Another DJ interlude brings us back to the vocalist still in the background. Very short form repeated with contemporary interludes.

Throw It Back - Glenn Miller sound. Rapper over the thirties jazz orchestra. Clarinet solo. Again the drums are a little bit out of style compared to the orchestra. Again a repeated short form.

Inna - Impressionist. Clarinet and woodwinds. Hiphop beat and finger snapping. DJ scratching the vocals. Processed sounding female vocals. Some harmony between the DJ and the vocalist. Ends electronic sounding.

My Melancholy Baby - Very pronounced drumming takes us out of another early jazz sound. Trombone and trumpet exchange improv parts. Tight female vocals are very twenties. Hiphop meets Preservation Hall.

Stereosun - Disco hop. Scratching. 8 bar form repeated. Like an intro played over and over. Then a lighter texture on the same form. Picking back up to the opening sound. Processed female vocals. Rapping in the background. Drum solo. Hand drums and kit or machine.

Throw It Back (instrumental) - 8 bar form becomes very repetitive without the hip hop enhancements. The piano is pretty interesting and then back into the intro part with sax enhancement. Clarinet. Brass. You begin to hunger for the vocalist and you get a little bit at the end of the form a few times. What a tease.

Seven songs ranging from 2:30 to 4:00 minutes makes for a 25:30 quick listen. ProleteR is a gifted composer and arranger who has absorbed historic jazz styles and uses them well in a hiphop environment. I like it.