A couple weeks ago Taylor McFerrin, offspring of the legendary Bobby McFerrin, released his first LP, Early Riser, to much acclaim. The album has been in the works for several years and builds upon tracks already released incrementally. McFerrin, who produced the album as well as played all the instrumentation except for a few notable guests, builds on the sound propagated by Flying Lotus on his Brainfeeder label, through which Early Riser was released.
Atlanta’s Jazz Festival, held on the Memorial Day weekend, is quite like the culture of jazz music itself: a huge melange that only mixes in this specific context. The festival is equal parts city-wide picnic, stoner recreation nights, food-truck free-for-all, and of course, celebration of the many different styles of jazz. It’s hard to pick just one aspect of the weekend to focus on with all the different goings on, which is appropriate given much of the talk around jazz includes much of the same difficulty.
In what assuredly will be a breakthrough album of the year, trumpeter Dontae Winslow and The Winslow Dynasty have released their latest album Enter the Dynasty. This record is fun, diverse, and the type of jazz record that would be hard for people exclaim that they hate jazz.
About midway into Me'Shell NdegéOcello’s set on the first day of the Atlanta Jazz Festival weekend, an older gentleman near me audibly complained “Where’s the funk?” Immediately after he started bobbing his head, and tapping his hand on his chair as Me'Shell launched into the cover of Nina Simone’s “See Line Woman.” The festival played out much in this same way throughout, with people coming from all over Atlanta expecting jazz music that ended with Miles’ Blue period and getting the music they didn’t even know they wanted to hear.