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Aceyalone to rock Vail Saturday night

Lauren Glendenninglglendenning@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyAceyalone plays Checkpoint Charlie in Vail at 6 p.m. Saturday.

VAIL, Colorado – Aceyalone is coming out from beneath his underground rapper reputation and branching out into a musical genre he said is undefined.Fans will still see raw hip-hop at Aceyalone’s show Saturday in Vail, but they can also expect some jazz fusion with sounds coming from all across the spectrum. “I don’t think the community up there is familiar with what we do,” Aceyalone said in a phone interview from Los Angeles earlier this week. “But I think people are going to enjoy it – I know what I bring to the table.”Aceyalone has been influenced by all kinds of musicians, from jazz legend Miles Davis to funk master George Clinton to rappers Run DMC. There’s a little bit of everything in Aceyalone’s music. He likes funk and soul, and tries to bring that out for people at his shows, he said.”I consider myself a poet and a writer,” he said. “I respect a lot of different art from different angles.”It’s those different angles people will be able to see and hear at Saturday’s show. Aceyalone will be playing with Slippers, an instrumental band from Long Beach, Calif. Aceyalone said when they get together, they create new sounds that people likely haven’t heard before. “We go through the different type of eras of music,” he said. “It’s real organic – not a mainstream kind of thing.”Slippers describes its music as “tight, funky and fresh” on its music site. “Heavy grooves based on interlocking rhythms and razor-sharp changes push the music forward,” the site says. “The deep bass, strong melodies and hooks counter open-ended solos letting the compositions expand and intensify.”Aceyalone paired up with Slippers to create his new album, Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones. He said the album draws from sounds of the doo-wop, blues and funk genres. The album is a follow-up to his 2007 album titled Lightning Strikes, which was an ode to his love for Jamaican music, according to Decon Records Web site.The album is something Aceyalone is proud of because of its innovative sounds looking to both the past and the future for inspiration. For people who know Aceyalone’s music, he said this album, as well as Saturday’s performance, “is going to be a trip.””I hope people accept us with open arms – we’re going (to Vail) to entertain everyone.”Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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