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.
The late South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin is remembered as her country’s greatest jazz singer, who brought deliberation and questions of identity to her music. But she only launched her own career, from the shadow of her famous husband Abdullah Ibrahim, after several false starts.
The late author and cultural theorist’s career was dedicated to proving that American culture wasn’t black and white, but both at once. In doing so, he called upon jazz as his chief example, devising many of the ways the music is now commonly perceived.