In the city: Rhythmically and Thematically
A lot of jazz lovers cringe when they hear hip-hop, which is too bad, since the two genres share so much rhythmically and thematically. When it comes to sophisticated syncopation and surprise, the pop and crackle of a good MC is often right up there with Charlie Parker.
Perhaps the triumph of Kendrick Lamar's brilliantly cinematic "To Pimp A Butterfly," which draws deeply on jazz roots, will open some ears again in the ways Digable Plants did so long ago.
by Paul de Barros