As I mentioned in a previous column, Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio is wildly accessible to a variety of music listeners and could serve as a way to get more music fans past this barrier that is the labeling of jazz. However, Glasper’s ode to mid-to-late twentieth century pop isn’t the only way to introduce your friends to jazz music and concepts. A variety of mainstream and indie artists have blurred the lines between what is and isn’t a jazz recording and will serve as a great icebreaker into how a music lover views jazz as a whole part of music rather than a ghetto.
Oftentimes we forget just to what extent music is a cultural phenomenon. And although jazz is known for pushing whatever limits culture might impose, it has always served as a platform to bring forward the beauty of whatever musical tradition. From Stan Getz in Brazil (Getz/Gilberto) to Dee Dee Bridgewater in West Africa (Red Earth: A Malian Journey), jazz has been used in conjunction with regional musical languages. And since the days of Dizzy Gillepsie and Chano Pozzo, Latin jazz has had a huge place in the realm of jazz, as has Africa, with the likes of musicians like Fela Kuti. And it is in this global context that Henry Cole—perhaps best known as the Puerto Rican drummer in Grammy nominee Miguel Zenon’s Alma Adentro – A Puerto Rican Songbook—set to work on an exciting new project, Henry Cole & the Afro-Beat Collective, which will be debuting its interesting fusion of Latin jazz and Afro-beat with Roots Before Branches on the 13th of March, 2012.
I had a conflict with this week's show. I came down with a cold on Wednesday that mutated into a full-blown flu on Thursday. While I seemed to have sweat much of it out Thursday evening, it still lingered by Friday. So, then comes a crucial question-- do I not head into the station or do I suck it up? I entertained the idea of not going in, but I got too much awesome new music lately. So I tossed down 2,500 mg of vitamin C and made my way to the KRTU studios to put together what I consider a pretty damn good Line-Up.
The Line-Up for 2 March 2012
Any time keyboardist Jason Lindner and drummer Mark Guiliana get together, one should expect a pretty sick show. Wednesday night at New York's 92Y Tribeca, WBGO's Josh Jackson (not to be confused with Nextbop's other role model, Paste Magazine's editor-in-chief Josh Jackson) corralled Lindner, Guiliana, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin for a pretty outstanding livestreaming show for The Checkout Live.