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Alternative R&B act Columbia Nights put a contemporary, somewhat left-of-center spin on late-'70s and early-'80s crossover jazz, incorporated touches of laid-back hip-hop, and combined analog and electronic elements. They called their approach "soultronic." Prior to starting the group, musicians and producers John E. Daise and Hayling Price had played together in a Philadelphia-based band. They lost contact but crossed paths again in Washington, D.C., where they began to collaborate in a home studio setting. After adding Sarai Abdul-Malik, a vocalist enrolled in the jazz program at Howard University (coincidentally, the birthplace of quiet storm, a radio format with detectable traces of influence in CN's output), the group continued to develop material. Their first two releases were digital singles, both of which were covers: "Stormy Weather" (Little Dragon) and "Feel" (George Duke). Shortly after that, the trio released Dawn | Dusk (2012), a seven-track EP, on the Record Breakin' label. Jason Edwards, who previously played with Daise and Price and contributed percussion to a pair of the EP tracks, subsequently joined as a full-time member. After a remix EP and an assortment of collaborations and stray cuts -- including covers of Sade's "Make Some Room" and I-Level's "Heart Aglow" -- the trio released In All Things (2015). The album featured contributions from Abdul-Malik, Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, and Vaughan Octavia, among other vocalists and instrumentalists. ~ Andy Kellman
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Dawn
  3.   In All Things
  4.   The Rhythm
  5.   The Firmament
  6.   In the Glow
  7.   Forecast
  8.   All for You
  9.   Neverend
  10.   Ever Between by B. Jamelle
  11.   Coming Home by AB
  12.   Circle
  13.   Glide
  14.   Cerulean
  15.   Now by Diggs Duke
  16.   Sphere
  17.   As We Are
  18.   Dusk
  19.   Watercolors
  20.   As You Are
  21.   Now by Diggs Duke
  22.   Watercolor
  23.   Twilight
  24.   Neverend/All for You

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