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JJ Whitefield
Brother All Alone
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June 7, 2019

"Brother all alone" is Whitefield´s first album under his own name. Recorded in Berlin, Munich and Nairobi with some of the most interesting heads of the German Neo-Jazz-Kraut scene and mixed by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics. Whitefield is an innovator in the experimental kraut, deep funk, neo jazz scene. An obsessed record collector since his teenage years, Whitefield´s productions aim for a timeless quality and are often regarded on par with the classics they´re influenced by. In the 1990’s he paved the way for the retro funk revival as mastermind of the Poets Of Rhythm. A band he started while still in school. The group begun with self released 7“ vinyl singles, made on a 4-track tape recorder in his moms basement, and ended up with a album deal on Ninja Tune (and people like DJ Shadow, Coldcut, Mark Ronson and Gilles Peterson being massive fans.) These „Poets of Rhythm - records later served as main influence for the Daptone crew. The New York band that became Amy Winehouse backingband on her breakthrough album Back In Black. After being obsessed with Funk, Jazz and Hip Hop Whitefield later started to widen his interests in west african and ethiopian music. Record collecting and production. This passion culminated of him being an integral part in re- launching the career of ghanaian afro funk legend Ebo Taylor and recording Taylor's two albums for Strut Records. His passion for african music brought him also to work with Jagari Chanda of zambian rock legends the W.I.T.C.H. since 2010. Now, back in Germany, JJ Whitefiled culminates all these experiences on his album Brother All Alone. A melting pot of styles and influences, drawing from Kraut, Jazz, Ambient and world music heritages.

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