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.
For 2013, I hope not to hear any "jazz is dead" arguments. The past few years have been rife with them, from systemic looks at the decline of the popularity to creative attempts at rebranding. None of the discussions really solve anything, but serve a human need to conflate controversy with enlightened entertainment or debate. Jazz isn't dead, so much as it's grown up.
Just as I’ve refuribished my broken iPod and dusted off my alt hip-hop mp3’s it gets announced that the Karriem Riggins/Stones Throw connections were just ramping up. Coming October 23rd Riggins plans to release Alone Together for Stones Throw. The 34-track instrumental album is Riggins’ debut solo album and, if judging by the recent podcast, will be the next must have for ‘heads who like to complain about the art has gone out of hip-hop. One track, “Moogy Foog it”, is already available to enjoy after the jump.
One of the few pleasures of climate change has to be the extended amount of time you can spend outside-- either driving with your convertible top down, relaxing on the grass with a solid mojito, or wearing barely anything while exploring your favorite watering holes and clubs. Luckily the Alan Evans Trio is releasing their debut record Drop Hop later this month to prime you for all sorts of warm weather shenanigans.