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New Tune : Web Web x Max Herre : Akinuba/The Heart featuring Yusef Lateef


There's a great scene in Cameron Crowe's Singles (1992), in which Matt Dillon's clueless would-be grunge star, Cliff Poncier, is working himself into a lather over the state of modern music. Finally, he cuts loose with:


Look at this, most of these bands are like well-designed bottles of bleach. It's beer and lifestyle music! I mean it's like the next world war will be sponsored by I don't know what!


Point taken?


That said, I don't think the phrase "beer and lifestyle" music will ever cease being funny to me. So, in honor of Cliff, let me steer you clear of that dastardly fate, and introduce you to Web Web and Max Herre.

Web Web is a Munich-based jazz quartet, led by Italian-German pianist Roberto Di Gioia, who cut his teeth early on with gents like Woody Shaw, Johnny Griffin and James Moody. Max Herre, on the other hand, is German rapper who originally broke through as a member of Stuttgart hip-hop collective Freundeskreis. These strange bedfellows met back in 2014 while doing a few shows with American singer/actor, Gregory Porter. Energized by the possibilities of working together, Di Gioia and Herre agreed to team up in the pursuit of "spiritual jazz."

A mere six years later, we have Web Max, a weird and wonderful record that's sure to be welcomed by fans of Sun Ra, Lonny Liston Smith, Pharoah Sanders and later period John Coltrane. Lead track "Akinuba/The Heart" also features a poem read by the late Yusef Lateef, who rose out of the 50's Detroit jazz scene, and later played with cats like Charles Mingus, Cannonball Adderley and Donald Byrd.

Since you might not be terribly knowledgeable about German rap (lawd knows I'm not), here's a little taste of Herre's highly influential Freundeskreis.

After leaving that act, he eventually branched out into producing, and in 2004 released his self-titled solo debut, an album heavily influenced by American acts like Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest.

Web Max drops on August 27th thanks to the fine folks at Compost Records, but be forewarned. That website is a music fiend's rabbit hole, and by the time you make it back to the surface, you may just have trouble making rent.


And if you can cool your jets for a few more hours, you'll be rewarded with heapin' helpin' of Web Web and Max, as this live performance from Munich's renown Unterfahrt jazz club will premiere. I've already seen it, and it's very cool. Plus, kudos to Tony Lakatos, who treats us to 2/3 of a Rahsaan Roland Kirk.


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