Jasper & the Prodigal Suns

Everything Is Everything

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On the surface, Everything Is Everything is strongly reminiscent of the work of G. Love & Special Sauce (friends of the group who helped get Jasper & the Prodigal Suns their initial deal), but a closer listen reveals a strong kinship to the early-'90s Native Tongues movement of positive Afrocentric rap and shaggy-dog humor; Arrested Development's loose, wiggly grooves (the Georgia-born Jasper's roller coaster flow and mellow vibe are strongly reminiscent of Speech, particularly on "Peace and One Love"); and the jazz inflections of Digable Planets and Guru. (There are more unexpected influences as well: the clarinet and saxophone solos at the end of "Word to the Mother" sound uncannily like some of Raymond Scott's unique jazz tunes of the '40s.)

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