Jazz fusion has been around for decades, but who knew Phil Collins and Flying Lotus had the same take on it?
Remember Phil Collins? The mastermind behind “In The Air Tonight” was once a drummer in the 70s for the British jazz-rock fusion group, Brand X. Ever heard of Flying Lotus? The experimental producer, and grand-nephew of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, recently released an epic jazz fusion album entitled, You’re Dead.
The similarities in chord progressions and rhythms between the featured songs from Brand X’s 1977 album, Moroccan Roll, and the songs from 2014′s You’re Dead are fascinating. It wouldn’t be unbelievable if Flying Lotus has heard of Brand X or their album, Moroccan Roll, but to listen to the song’s back to back is trippy. It's inspiring to think that an eccentric rap/electronic producer could release a concept album about death, in 2014, that would channel the creativity of an obscure album made nearly 50 years before it. Each album seems to live in entirely different worlds yet they’re connected through their need to stretch the bounds of jazz music.
We found Moroccan Roll for a dollar at a discount record store sale a few years back. It's unlikely that You’re Dead will ever be priced that low, and it’s price may rise as the years go on, but their similarities in style, and contrast in price, channels a quote from Stones Throw owner, Peanut Butter Wolf, "50 years from now, I want Stones Throw records to either be in the dollar bin or in really expensive glass. I don’t want them anywhere between.’"
There’s really not a lot of difference between an established classic that may run for $50 and a lost classic that runs for $1 when you realize that one, directly or indirectly, came from the other.