What should jazz sound like in 2018? Keith Witty has some ideas. He's the bassist and co-leader of Thiefs, a band that blends hip-hop, electronic music and politically pointed spoken word.
On this Checkout podcast, we dig into the new Thiefs album. Its title, Graft, is a botanical term that can be applied to Witty’s approach to music. What happens if you insert a jazz riff into an electronic beat and hip-hop utterance? The band makes this melding sound and feel admirably organic.
Witty and his co-leader, saxophonist Christophe Panzani, recruited fine musicians for their project, which prominently features Aaron Parks on the piano, David Frazier Jr. on drums and rappers Mike Ladd and Gaël Faye.
Assistant Producer: Anthony Nieves