Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw links with Dres (of Black Sheep) in the official video for “Flight” (Energy) – a reinterpretation of the composition “Flight” from his acclaimed sophomore Optimism LP – shot by Robert Adam Mayer with editing from Sean Colello. The video follows Shaw’s 2013 The Soundtrack of Things to Come LP and a steady stream of loosies and side projects from Dres, including his Native Tongues reincarnation as one half of EVITAN. The byproduct of Dres’ tweet praising the original recording from Shaw featuring Lage Lund on guitar, Robert Glasper on Rhodes, Joe Martin on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums, their collaborative rework is anchored by a bittersweet story that plays like the love child of Mobb Deep‘s “Trife Life” and “Ms. Fat Booty” by Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def.
A few weeks ago, Dres from Black Sheep tweeted that he was digging my song “Flight”, from my album “Optimism”. I retweeted it and Dres hit me up to let me know he wanted to rhyme over it. Within a week, he sent me the file and here it is
As mesmerizing as the track, the video amplifies the melancholic beauty of the recording with sepia tones and waterfront shots that capture the essence of hip-hop’s time-honored affair with jazz live and direct in the birthplace of boom-bap culture. Check out the clip below to view the full video. Download the track for free via SoundCloud. Purchase the Optimism LP via iTunes. Get more on Jaleel Shaw via jaleelshaw.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jaleelshaw. Follow Dres at @DresBlacksheep.