My son, now a freshman at college, asked me if I’d heard about a French jazz band called Cortex. I said I had not and he shared a link with me. I laughed and said “this sounds like 1975!” He was like “yeah! I heard it in a record store today!” I’d never heard of them before.
I just marvel at how he hears and shares the most random things as he makes his way in the world.
If you love the live, plugged-in jazz fusion sound from that era, you may want to check out this group. It once again goes to show that music, like love, is universal.
Cortex has found a new audience as their 1975 recording Troupeau Bleu has been sampled almost 150 times by hip-hop names like MF DOOM, Madlib, Tyler the Creator, and Rick Ross. Co-founder and keyboardist, Alain Mion, toured with Cortex for the first time in the United States in 2022.
Rolling Stone published an interview with Mion and about the jazz and hip-hop connection.
Listen to the music my son heard – from the 1975 original recording Troupeau Bleu by Cortex: