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Jazz United x The Checkout: Pino Palladino and Blake Mills on 'Notes with Attachments'

Mike Piscitelli
Blake Mills and Pino Palladino

If you've been following Jazz United for any length of time, chances are good that you are already familiar with The Checkout — a long-running WBGO podcast and radio program hosted by Simon Rentner, who also produces the show. Every week, Simon turns the spotlight to an artist or subject from what he calls "the other side of jazz," exploring new hybrids and swirling currents around the world.

So this week, we're mixing things up a bit with a podcast episode swap — rolling out a recent edition of The Checkout through our Jazz United feed.

We handpicked a good one, featuring electric bass extraordinaire Pino Palladino and multi-instrumentalist and producer Blake Mills. They open up with Simon about how they first met, on a session with John Legend; how the cloistered environment of the recording studio informed the palette of their new album, Notes with Attachments; and how a mutual collaborator, drummer Chris Dave, has evolved the language of groove.

Pino Palladino + Blake Mills - Just Wrong

Notes with Attachments is available now on New Deal/Impulse!

This I Dig:

The Checkout is produced by Simon Rentner. Jazz United is produced by Sarah Kerson.

Greg Bryant has been a longtime curator of improvisational music. At the age of 3 in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, he was borrowing his father’s records and spinning them on his Fisher Price turntable. Taking in diverse sounds of artistry from Miles Davis, Les McCann, James Brown, Weather Report and Jimi Hendrix gave shape to Greg's musical foundation and started him on a path of nonstop exploration.
A veteran jazz critic and award-winning author, Nate Chinen is editorial director at WBGO and a regular contributor to NPR Music.
For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.