The Jazz for the Masses day party, otherwise known as El Sapo Turns 2! is this Wednesday, which means this is the last possible push over the air I'm making for this awesome show we put together every year. This week's Line-Up is that day's lineup so if you like this hour and you're doing SouthBy, you should definitely drop by El Sapo at 1900 Manor Rd. and check out the show.
The Line-Up for 11 March 2016
Daniel Freedman's new album Imagine That is a feel-good album full of slow building tunes and fun jams. The quintet here certainly has the chops and the ability to play fast runs, hyper-syncopated beats, or complex rhythms, but Imagine That is very much a group affair. Even when one musician is soloing, it rarely feels like someone is taking a solo, as the whole band is moving as one unit to support the song. The tunes here are for the most part not built on a straightforward head-solo-solo-head format, but instead often feature a slow, steady build to a climax toward the end of the song.
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On Emily’s D+Evolution (pronounced "D-plus-evolution"), Esperanza Spalding is a badass black punk rock frontwoman making her jazz musicianship work for her in a way that it didn’t on her last album, Radio Music Society. With that 2012 release, she won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), but to quote my fellow Nextbop writer J.D. Swerzenski, she was "working hard to include chunks of genre into each track, rather than effectively blending them together."