Pianist Christian Sands has an old-school jazz education — yet loves to riff over Kanye West beats and arrange OutKast songs. Of course, if you follow improvised music today, this is far from unusual.
Plenty of instrumental bands conversant with today’s pop music come from a similar perspective with more creativity — if not attention. Here are five such groups that preserve the same keyboards-bass-drums lineup of the young Toronto trio.
At the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival, three-quarters of the stellar fusion band Return to Forever re-united. They are Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively. Hear the highly charged acoustic set.