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The audiophiles over at Funk It have dropped a gem in the version of a live recording from the iTunes Festival 2012 featuring the Robert Glasper Experiment joined by MF Doom for renditions of Doom classics “Figaro” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Just as the dust has begun to settle from the Robert Glasper Experiment’s monumental release, Black Radio, the group has announced yet another game-changer with Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP where producers will be flipping some tracks from the album as well as some unreleased tunes. And when they say producers, this isn’t some standard line-up of producers. Confirmed to be attached to the project are ?uestlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, with contributions from rappers Black Milk and Phonte, The Roots, and vocalist Solange Knowles.

Once +FE materialized on stage, it became clear that they’re no longer a mere duo. While Phonte and Nicolay are certainly the nucleus (it’s their pictures on the marquee), +FE should be considered more of a collective, in the same tradition as Miles’ 2nd Quintet, or even the Soulquarians. The band features artists & musicians that can and have stood on their own as formidable artists, making the combination that much more potent.

Win a pair of tickets to Sy Smith and Zo! live at the Jazzcafe in London. Smith is one part of the trio that is the Foreign Exchange with Phonte and Nicolay and has worked with with artists ranging from Me’shell Ndegeocello to Macy Gray and Chris Botti. Zo! also works with F.E. on the production end, as well as being a talented multi-instrumentalist. Both artists are making their UK debuts.

Album Preview of Jazz vocalist and multi Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon joins hip-hop quartet The Beast to release Freedom Suite: a 10-track collection of creative reflections on jazz and hip-hop. Freedom Suite will be available for FREE download, digitally released on Okayplayer’s jazz inspired channel, The Revivalist, on October 26, 2010.