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I enjoy the spectacle of Kamasi's work. And the music too of course.
(No Thundercat on this one, sadly.)
Sorry, I've been meaning to play this one for a bit.
Youssef’s grandfather was a muezzin in his native Tunisia, and that influence is a strong draw for me. For a couple of months, once upon a time, I would end my twelve hour night watches with one last Sumer, savored as the muezzin announced the adhan for Fajr about 75 meters away. Those were some of the most peaceful moments I’ve known.
Youssef’s vocals are incredible — the finesse of his phrasing, the extreme upper falsetto and how cleanly he accesses it, the warmth of his lower range.
Here he’s joined by a knockout trio of future legends — Matt Brewer on bass, Ferenc Nemeth on the kit, & Aaron Parks on the keys.
I’ve been introducing the Poissonnière to the greats. This is one of her favorite videos.
I first learned of Yissy García while reading Nate Chinen’s excellent Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century, and after an initial listen it was immediately clear I had some catching up to do. Her drumming is incredible.
This has kind of been light-hearted theme week, but this song, and the album that uses its title, is solid.
Okay, it looks like the hitman played this way back when. I'mma give him credit and then play it again anyway*.
*haha, there's a tag for this!