1. Q-Tip – Blue Girl
There’s a whole story to be told on Tip’s Kamaal The Abstract album, but for now it’s enough to marvel at
the musical expansion and ambition of this killer cut.
2. Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
If the “Good Thing” bounce doesn’t bump your trunk you need to check-in for some maintenance.
Head’s up to the UK in the late 1980s.
3. George Benson – This Masquerade
Breezin’ is the George Benson album that changed the game in 1976, smashing the charts and bringing
smooth jazz to the masses. And there is nothing smoother than George scatting along with his oh so slick
guitar work here. Big.
4. Grand Puba – Big Kids Don’t Play
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Puba is amongst the very best. Like he says himself, Grand Puba is
the one to get the job done. No playing.
5. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
Hendrix covers Dylan. Not often a cover tune destroys the original, but then not often that there is a guitarist like Jimi.
The riff that kick’s this off should start off every day.
6. Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness
A new definition of summer madness? No, just the original and best.
7. Lil Wayne Ft Young Money – Every Girl
Sheer dirt, but no one pulls the ladies in like Weezy and the Young Money clique. Filthy.
8. The Jacksons – This Place Hotel
The record that Thriller could have been. Huge.
9. Teena Marie – Portuguese Love
Teena Marie was pretty much the perfect singer, and Portuguese Love is pretty much a perfect song.
Defies categorization, but just rolls and rolls with vocal and musical genius.
10. Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser
It’s a standard because it changed the face of music. Simple. My pops used to say it reminded him of bebop.
11. Tony Toni Tone – Sons Of Soul
The triple-Ts just had the jams, pure and simple. So good from the “Sons Of Soul” LP. Spread the word.
You know it’s too good to keep to yourself.
12. Brand New Heavies – Stay This Way
When we were younger we had a heavy crush on Brand New Heavies’ oft-time vocalist N’Dea Davenport.
This song, amongst others, is the reason why. Priceless acid jazz soul.
Good music is the driving force behind everything we do here at Twelve Bar.
That’s why we’ve been digging through the Twelve Bar vaults to pull out our favorite tunes for your browsing and
listening pleasure, and keeping our ears to the ground for what is fresh now and in the future. And then we’re putting
them altogether into a delicious musical gumbo and serving you a fresh bowlful of twelve select tracks every week.