This year supplied no shortage of notable and often inspiring music — sounds that flirt in and outside jazz. Here are a few you should listen to.
The Checkout, which celebrates musical diversity, takes pride in finding recordings on “the other side of jazz.” These recordings often don't get featured on terrestrial radio. And yet the artists are attracting huge, excitable, and growing audiences; note the grassroots followings of Snarky Puppy, Kamasi Washington and Thundercat.
In this podcast, I'm joined by Steve Williams, the Director of Programming at WBGO, to discuss four notable releases that all naturally veer into many different stylistic paths: Jack DeJohnette’s nod to classic rock, Lizz Wright’s leanings to country, Mark de Clive-Lowe's venture into electronica, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s ambitious explorations in hip hop and rap.
The Checkout premiered one of these tracks in our Checkout Live at Berklee series. Here is Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah performing “Sunrise In Beijing.”