Jazz has always had an inexorable influence on hip hop music. In almost every aspect, these two genres are intertwined by similar cultural, social and musical origins. Harvey Mason's new "Chameleon" album, set for release April 29 on Concord Records, draws on the rich jazz-funk legacy of the '70s. These original jazz tunes, including such classics as Bobby Hutcherson's "Montara" and Dave Grusin's "Either Way" have been repeatedly sampled in a wide array of hip hop songs over the decades. This playlist represents a smattering of hip hop songs that sampled tracks heard on Harvey's new album. Whether you're an old school jazz fan, or a new school hip hop head, there's no doubt you'll find some amazing musical connections within this list of tunes:
Harvey Mason, the multi-GRAMMY nominated drummer of Fourplay, was also one of the cornerstones of Herbie Hancock’s 1973 jazz-funk Head Hunters ensemble. “Chameleon” is steered by Harvey along with bassist Jimmy Haslip, percussionist Bill Summers and bassist Paul Jackson, the latter two having worked with Harvey on that legendary 1973 project. “Chameleon” also features some of the brightest young jazz talents on the scene today, including several NEXT Collective alumni: trumpeter Christian Scott, bassist Ben Williams, pianist/keyboardist Kris Bowers, and guitarist Matthew Stevens.