The jazz artist, who turned to singing when an injury ended his football career, claims three people as his main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father, and Nat King Cole. He discusses his musical life and the new album Liquid Spirit with NPR’s Audie Cornish.
Before he was the drummer for The Bad Plus, King developed a strong work ethic — or maybe not — doing various forms of menial labor in the Midwest. He speaks on telemarketing, Orange Julius, and how it applies (or doesn’t) to his own bands.
There’s an element of Porter’s singing that feels like a welcome throwback, though he doesn’t spell it out precisely. On his third album, he only seeks the soulful spirit of griots gone by. And all he asks you to do is clap your hands now.
Mangione and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi team up with host Marian McPartland to perform dynamic trio work in a session from 1999. The set includes Mangione’s famous tune “Feels So Good,” as well as a few beloved standards.
Known for experimentation, The Bad Plus’ drummer performs more conventional modern jazz on the side, as he showed on 2012’s I’ve Been Ringing You. With two underground rhythm-section guys from the Upper Midwest, he travels to New York for a week at one of the city’s most prestigious clubs.
In the ’50s, Jamaican musicians combined Caribbean calypso and American jazz and R&B to create ska — the foundation of future developments like reggae. Now, jazz musicians are closing the circle of influence. For late summer, here are five songs inspired by the island’s characteristic riddims.