John Coltrane
      A Love Supreme John Coltrane (1926-1967), one of jazz’s most influential saxophonists breaks the boundaries of music in “A Love Supreme”. This album is to be considered by many to be his masterpiece. Released 2 years before his death, Coltrane wrote this music in inspiration of finding himself spiritually after struggling with alcohol and heroin addictions throughout his career. After the release of Ornette Coleman’s “The Shape of Jazz to Come” (1959), the avant-garde style of jazz influenced Coltrane’s playing for the rest of his years to come. “A Love Supreme” is not your typical “elevator jazz music”. This album is as raw as it gets and is very abstract; music as an expression in its fullest form. For anybody who wants to dip their feet into this album without listening to the whole thing, I recommend the second track “Resolution”. Also noteworthy, Coltrane is accompanied by one jazz’s historically strongest trios of all time with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on acoustic bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. There are several moments on the album where they are given extended solos to show their chops off. “A Love Supreme” is the perfect example of how music is art. In my opinion every American should be aware of this albums existence in terms of cultural significance- DJ Chris Puckett

John Coltrane
Lush Life
      This week is dedicated to John Coltrane, one of jazz’s greatest saxophonists that has taken part in revolutionizing the music in his playing. No other musician can compare to him since his sound is so unique and advanced. Coltrane has influenced many of the greatest jazz musicians that we know today since his time here with us. “Lush Life” is one of those jazz records that is very easy going and laid back. This album has only 5 tracks but Coltrane milks each one of them for what they are worth, playing plenty dizzying runs and hard swinging lines that really capture the essence of jazz saxophone. All the tunes on this album (except for Trane’s Slow Blues) are covers of previous jazz standards that every aspiring jazz musician should check out. Recommended tracks: I Love You, Lush Life, I Hear a Rhapsody- DJ Chris Puckett

John Abercrombie
Class Trip

       This album was introduced to me by one of my music professors here at ECU, genre busting guitarist, Scott Sawyer. Earlier this summer I actually had the chance to hear Mr. Abercrombie perform and discuss his views of music. Abercrombie has a way of making everyone in the room laugh and feel right at home. You’ll feel right at home too with this album. His playing on the album is subtle and sweet and puts you in a trance. What is most peculiar about this album is that it features composer/violinist Mark Feldman. Many of the tracks on this album are very ambient and abstract, almost free but not entirely avant-garde. There are not many straight-ahead swing tracks, which is what I personally enjoy the most, but there are many great moments on the album where Abercrombie tears it up on his six-string. This album overall is very contemporary and unique, a mix of classical and jazz if you will. For the classical listeners, you will enjoy the quartet’s version of Bela Bartok’s “Soldier’s Song” (Track 10). Class Trip is Definitely worth checking out if you want to hear something unique. Recommended tracks: Descending Grace, Swirls, Epilogue.- DJ Chris Puckett

Branford Marsalis Quartet
      Branford Marsalis, one of our worlds greatest saxophonists, was supposed to be coming to ECU this Friday night, October 7th to perform a concert with his quartet. Unfortunately due to hurricane Matthew the concert has been postponed until further notice. This album review is in honor of his future visitation to our university. The Marsalis family name is known all around the world for their contributions to the music. In fact, if were not for the Marsalis’ jazz music may have not survived for as long as it has today. It was the Marsalis family that kept the music alive after it had begun to stray away its true roots during the avant-garde/fusion eras of jazz. The Marsalis family goes back all the way from New Orleans where jazz was born. Today we are listening to jazz records put out by the four Marsalis bothers: Branford (saxophones), Wynton (trumpet), Delfeayo (Trombone), and Jason (drums). This family often performs and records together, led by their father Ellis Marsalis Jr. (piano).  Now that you know a little bit about the family background, let’s talk about the music.

 Metamorphosen (2009) starts us out with a face-melting tempo and exiting ideas. The lines that Branford play are thrilling and are inspiring as to how clean he can play at such a high tempo. As the album continues you will notice how diverse of a player Branford is. His primary instrument is tenor saxophone, but he also plays alto and soprano on many of the other tracks. Throughout the album you hear bob melodies, slow ballads, funk, and much more diversity. My personal favorite track is the quartets rendition of Monk’s “Rhythm-a-Ning”, which the name implies switches between different types of beats and tempos. This is the first album of Branford’s that I have actually taken the time to sit down and listen to, and after listening to this there will be plenty more to come. To me, and many others, this is one of the best jazz quartets of the century. These four musicians have been playing together for 10 at the release of this album, and they continue to play and write music together (except the drummer) today. If you want to know how a jazz quartet is supposed to play together, check this album out. Recommended tracks: Jabberwocky, Rhythm-a-Ning, Sphere, And Then, He Was Gone- DJ Chris Puckett

Nothing's Real
       I didn’t know what to expect from Indie Pop artist, Shura, but I was intrigued by the album cover and was eager to hear what she had to offer. After listening past the intro, I seriously thought I was listening to Madonna from the 80s. And then there’s also a little hint of RNB in some of her songs as well. There are songs that remind me of styles from Miguel, Frank Ocean, old school Janet Jackson, and Kanye West. There’s a vibe that I get from this album that makes me want to hop in a convertible with the top down and go on a road trip across the country. Her voice is soothing and graceful that matches well with her transparent lyrics where she talks about relationships, internal struggles, and life. The best kind of music is when you are able speak to the listener and relate with them through your lyrics. I wouldn’t be surprised if she becomes a huge hit in mainstream music soon. Tracks to listen to: “What’s It Gonna Be, Touch, and Tongue Tied.”- DJ LYSSDIAMOND

Vince Staples

Vince Staples
Prima Donna
       Vince Staples is by far one of my favorite artists. I was looking forward to this project and he did not disappoint. Prima Donna is a seven-track project that that brings a wide variety of unique raps. Vince Staples is from California so he includes a familiar west coast feeling. Yet, there’s not really any other rap artist that I can relate to him. This project itself contains very powerful messages and thought provoking lyrics that you may not understand at first. These are the signs of good rap lyrics in my opinion; you need to listen to it more than once to understand it. I personally believe he brings up some very good points using great word play and smart analogies. The only problem I have is that I wish it was longer, there’s seven tracks but the first is an intro. – DJ Fadeaway

Snark Puppy
Snark Puppy
Family Dinner Vol. 2

 This album is not what you would typically expect from jazz-fusion Grammy award winning band Snarky Puppy. Michael League gets creative with instrumentation and arrangements throughout the whole album. Family Dinner Vol. 2 is an exotic experience that really breaks away from the bands normal approach. Unlike the majority of their albums this one is not instrumental. Each track has a guest singers from entirely different cultures that make each track unique. When listening you will get a little taste of Latin rhythms, African beats, and plenty of funky grooves. There is plenty of diversity to go around and different feels to discover, but to me there are a few songs that sound a little redundant at times. Personally this is not my favorite SP album, but it is most definitely worth checking out. Recommended Tracks: Soro (Afriki), Sing to the Moon, I Remember, Somebody Home.- DJ Chris Puckett   

                                  Kevin Garrett

Kenny Garrett



        Not to be confused with confused artist Kenny G, American jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett raises the bar on contemporary, as well as traditional jazz on his album “Trilogy” that changes the way we listen to Jazz. At first listen the album immediately pulls you into an intense swirl of emotions. The three artists put together lift one another up and fed each other ideas.This is one of the best trios put together I have ever heard. To me I believe the album is called Trilogy because these three musicians properly demonstrate what a trio is supposed to sound like. Throughout the album time remains constant and relaxed, even on the burning hot tracks like “Delfeayo’s Dilemma” And then there are those smooth swinging tracks like “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “Night and Day.” The entire album is very diverse and energetic. Even a non-jazz listener would be able to distinguish the tracks from one another. For anybody studying jazz I would recommend listening to this album for everything that it is.- DJ Chris Towaway


National Fantasy Review


Bridges & Powerlines

Category: Indie

Don’t overlook this Brooklyn indie band. If you miss indie rock music of the 80s and 90s then you need to listen to Bridges & Powerlines' new album titled National Fantasy. The engineering behind the music is great and you can tell that they put a lot of work into the two years that it took to create the album. Each of the 12 tracks gives a different vibe for whatever mood you’re in. Ultimate fav.. "Inside the Hyperdream". -DJ LYSSDIAMOND



          In 2012, 70% of ECU students were registered to vote. However, only 32% actually voted. There is a one-stop early voting site where ANYONE eligible can vote, whether you are previously registered or not taking place Oct. 20-Nov. 5 at the ECU Willis Building located on 300 E. 1st Street (right next to the Tar River & Town Common). If you are not registered yet, you will need a valid I.D. and a Proof of Residence in Pitt County.

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Mick Jenkins
The Healing Component
Category: Hip Hop
         The Healing Component is the debut album of up and coming artist, Mick Jenkins. The theme of the album is Love. Listening to this album left me feeling peaceful making it perhaps my favorite album of the year so far. My favorite single off the album is, "Spread Love." This song genuinely makes you feel like Love is the most important thing in the world (as it is).- DJ Puckett

Travis Scott
Travis Scott
Birds In the Trap Sing FADEAWAY
Category: Hip Hop
Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight is a rap album of hits and serenading soliloquies. Travis Scott is known for his brilliant use of auto tune which he implements a lot on this album. He does not disappoint here, this is a great follow up to his debut album, Rodeo. My favorite track on the album is, "Through the Late Night." It's a beautifully produced song featuring Kid McKnight. Everyone who likes Cudi like I do has to give this song a listen.- DJ Cudi

Ladyhawke Review
Wild Things
Category: Pop

 I really enjoyed this album and recommend it to those seeking pop nature with a more electronic vibe. The music sets an inspirational tone while the lyrics are powerful and freeing. It takes me back to my rebellious high school days. Track #4 “Let it Roll” was my favorite, but #2 “The River” was just as upbeat.- DJ Ladyhawke


  Get A Clue

      I vowed to attend more campus events during my senior year. So far, I've only been to a few, but my favorite has been ECUs annual Get A Clue event on the Mall. It's an opportunity for students to learn about how to get involved on campus and in the community. Student and local organizations set up tables and fill up the mall as they engage students with important information about their organization. 
    What I love most about this event is seeing the range of diversity we have at ECU and witnessing the passion among different organizations and students who are looking to get involved. I think this event is particularly important because it allows students to meet new people outside of the classroom, gain professional experience, and ultimately make an impact on out campus. 

DJ Fadeaway Talks His Favorite Events of Fall '16 So Far

o IVibes & Vices showcase

My favorite event that I attended this semester so far would have to be Vibes and Vices. Vibes and Vices is a local artist showcase that highlights rappers, singers, producers, DJ's and more. It is a local event at Laced Boutique on the last Friday of every month, that's put together by local R&B group, Voudoux.

Beach Fest 2016 was a good experience. You have to love events that bring diverse groups of people together. People walking around and enjoying themselves while there's music playing just brings a good vibe. Plus free food always helps. I spent the evening with a good friend and we walked around and participated in everything that caught our eye. I enjoyed myself. 
Be sure to catch Thingking Out Loud w/ DJ Fadeaway every Monday & Friday at 5PM!

The Z Showcase Fall 2016

WZMB 91.3 will be having our first annual Z Showcase on Friday, November 4th in Mendenhall Student Center 244. This event will give a few amazing independent artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to our audience of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

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