J.Rawls and John Robinson present their group Jay Are with the release “The 1960′s Jazz Revolution Again”, an ode to not only jazz music, but the culture that inspired progressive social/political movements, as well as a vast array of cultural exploration. Meshing the spirit of the 1960s, both J.Rawls and John Robinson explore the genre of jazz music, as many would consider it to be the grandfather of hip hop, while participating in a freedom which allowed various artists to come together, vibe out, and produce great music that will be studied for years to come. Musicians of the 60′s reacted to their social environment creating art and music that was reflective of their environment and culture, and both J.Rawls and John Robinson continue that process as our current political and socio-economic times face much peril.
J.Rawls, one half of the groups Lone Catalysts and 3582, has also produced for the likes of Black Star (Mos Def/Talib Kweli) for the song “Brown Skin Lady,” as well as the Beastie Boys, J-Live, El Da Sensei, Wordsworth, Declaime and many others. More recently, J.Rawls has been responsible for two Liquid Crystal Projects which garnered worldwide attention meshing various elements of hip hop, jazz, and soul to form a cohesive and distinct sound. That catalyst is the foundation for the musical landscape of the Jay Are project.
John Robinson, president of Shaman Work Recordings, as well as one half of the group Scienz of Life, has had an equally outstanding career with various solo projects as well as solid guest collaborations. His most recent album “I Am Not For Sale” impressed tastemakers and DJs across the world, while the official US release of John Robinson’s project with MF DOOM, “Who Is This Man?”, further legitimized his stake in hip hop history. John Robinson has also worked with Talib Kweli, Madlib, Flying Lotus, CL Smooth, Jneiro Jarel and many others.
Together, J.Rawls and John Robinson’s Jay Are project will introduce a culture and sense of urgency and creativity that the 1960s brought upon the world, while bringing back an older generation to that time period and making it valid for the present. The album “The 1960′s Jazz Revolution Again” is an education of the past that is relevant to our present times, while giving ode to a period that flourished in political activism, progressive social movements, and cultural creativity. Both J.Rawls and John Robinson strive to carry that same passion towards today’s music and it is clearly executed in their group, Jay Are.
01. A Lesson From Trane
02. It’s Jay Are
03. Know U feat. Invizible Handz
04. Type Sounds
05. She’s So Brilliant feat. Rashad
06. The 1960′s Jazz Revolution Again
07. Music Is Forever
08. Relax Ur Mind feat. Tiffany Paige
09. Shooting Smack feat. K Banger
10. 1 Of The Greatest
11. Jazz Unconditional
12. Love Me Good feat. Dominique Larue
13. The Lee Morgan Story
14. We Make The Rules feat. Rashad
The album J.Rawls & John Robinson (Jay Are) “The 1960′s Jazz Revolution Again” (Polar Entertainment) is going to be released September 4, 2009.