just getting into this, but enjoying more with each listen. like reading, i repeat or re-read sentences, paragraphs and whole books.
does a creator have a masterplan for all? i'm an atheist.
Conde Nast's Pitchfork (uses contributors to ensure a small staff can't unionize) loves it, raving Kassa is taking jazz to strange new places or something like that:
SHADES OF FLU 2: IN THESE ODD TIMES is the second COVID-themed collection of remixes from jazz drummer, rapper and producer Kassa Overall. The first SHADES OF FLU: Healthy Remixes for an Ill Moment was released on Kassa’s half-serious pandemic imprint FLU NOTE on Bandcamp last spring at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The name SHADES OF FLU riffs on Madlib’s 2003 jazz remix album SHADES OF BLUE. The subtitle “In These Odd Times” is, on the surface, a play on pandemic parlance, a gesture at the ubiquitous self-aware pronouncements of the oddness of our present day existence. The title also signals Kassa’s push into the odd-time rhythmic vocabulary he developed playing as a sideman with jazz legends like Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, and Geri Allen.
As SHADES OF FLU 2 reimagines the jazz tradition with new voices and production methods, it also gives voice to the past, paying homage to jazz elders who have recently passed, from Stanley Cowell and Jimmy Heath to Milford Graves, whose voice is heard on interludes.
released April 2, 2021
All Remixes by Kassa Overall
1. She Had an Odd Look on Her Face
2. Diatom Ribbons (Kris Davis)
3. I'm a King feat. Eric Wyatt, Stas THEE Boss and Nappy Nina
Stephan Crump, bass; Sullivan Fortner, Rhodes piano; Mike King, clavinet
4. Afro Blue (Dee Dee Bridgewater)
Anthony Ware, tenor sax, alto sax, flute, bass clarinet; Keith Witty, bass
5. Smilin' Billy Suite Part 1 (The Heath Brothers feat. Stanley Cowell)
6. Trio Improvisation Part 2 (Chick Corea)
7. Warm Valley (The Heath Brothers feat. Stanley Cowell)
Morgan Guerin, bass, Cisco Swank, vocals