If you’ve got your ears peeled, eager to hear what the future of jazz sounds like, a phenomenal place to start focusing is Big Beat, a 19-piece, millennial led ensemble bent on dynamically fusing classic, bold, brassy, improvisational rich big band power with relentless grooving steeped in more contemporary R&B/soul, gospel and funk. Read more.
There is so much about Big Beat that recalls 1970s r&b and jazz fusion. Even when the group is not covering Stevie Wonder songs, there is something in the groove that reminds listeners of the r&b great. Read more.
There was no question in my mind that the tune “It’s Love” would get my pick for personal favorite of the nine soulful songs offered up for your aural pleasure… the vocal shines, and the jazz is thick & syrupy… real MEAT on those jazz bones! Read more.