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21.2.16

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