Shapin' Fluid

Afronaught

Shapin' Fluid

July 9, 2001

Broken Beat

Several albums sprang from West London's broken beat crew in 2001. Domu, New Sector Movements, 4hero, and Numbers offered full-lengths filled with polyrhythmic jazz-funk/soul hybrids seemingly made with nimble octopedes in mind. Orin Walters' lone album as Afronaught was among the sub-genre's most thrilling releases, containing the stampeding "Transcend Me," a belter powered by a hair-raising vocal from Melissa Browne.

- Andy Kellman

Go!

Dexter Gordon

Go!

1962

Hard Bop

A hard bop gem from a tenor master, Dexter Gordon's superb 1962 date, Go, was captured during the same New York renaissance period that produced some of his other Blue Note classics like Dexter Calling and A Swingin' Affair. Loose, but vibrant, it has come to be seen as one of his landmark recordings.

- Timothy Monger