The musical fruits in our epic Fall Preview are now dropping to the public. The chief compiler of that undertaking, WBGO editorial director Nate Chinen, highlights some of his picks in this episode of The Checkout. Afternoon Jazz host Keanna Faircloth also crashes the listening party.
The sonic waves in this podcast are far and deep, from the soul-jazz sensation Brianna Thomas to the jazz-metal heads in Dan Weiss’ Starebaby. We have the art-rock meets chamber jazz of Mary Halvorson, and the funky electro broken beat tapestries of Craig Taborn’s Junk Magic.
We also squeeze in some legacy jazz sounds with Luke Stewart, and more of your modern post-bop affair with Joel Ross. There's also a vibe that I can only describe as jazz with some country Afrobeat by Josh Johnson. And, lest we not forget, the scratch 'n' sniff musical adventures of Steph Richards — that's right, trumpet sounds you can smell along to.
These are only some of the pithy ways to describe the uncategorizable music showcased by 88 artists in our Fall Preview, music being made today with an eclecticism bursting at the seams that somehow falls under the genre of Jazz.