SHADES OF FLU

by Kassa Overall

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On the heels of his second, full-length album, I THINK I’M GOOD (Brownswood), the Seattle-raised, Brooklyn-residing Kassa Overall has a gift for the Corona-weary masses— a surprise “jazz remix tape” called SHADES OF FLU.

The title is an homage to Overall’s favorite producer, Madlib, whose own jazz remix album SHADES OF BLUE revolutionized how hip-hop producers engage the jazz archive in 2003. On SHADES OF FLU, Overall unleashes his formidable, if unsung, talents as a producer, once again redefining what jazz is, this time through the medium of the remix.

“As soon as the Corona thing got crazy, I felt the need to get to work, urgently. Livestreaming didn’t feel like the right medium. Instead, I dove into work on SHADES OF FLU, which is basically me playing music with my friends.”

Following in the footsteps of his idol, Madlib, Overall sees himself as the jazz musician’s response to the innovations of hip-hop production. Overall's bilingual approach as hip-hop producer and jazz drummer allows him to get inside the more subtle aspects of the remixes — to be inside and outside the music at the same time. This conversation is also present in Overall's previous albums, GO GET ICE CREAM AND LISTEN TO JAZZ (2019), as well as I THINK I’M GOOD (2020).

While Overall used no samples on those records, SHADES OF FLU allows him to run free in the opposite direction.

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released May 20, 2020

All remixes by Kassa Overall

1 - You're Gonna Have To Go On Social Media

2 - What A Wonderful World (Jon Batiste)

3 - Hood (Vijay Iyer Trio)

4 - Right Now (Charles Tolliver)

5 - In A Sentimental Mood (Sullivan Fortner)

6 - Tall Tales (Makaya McCraven)

7 - Unconditional Love (Geri Allen)

8 - Freedom Jazz Dance (Miles Davis)

9 - Visions (Cécile McLorin Salvant)

10 - Steal Away To Jesus (Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan)

11 - Asé (Junius Paul) [feat. Morgan Guerin]

12 - I Saw An Angel Today (Melanie Charles) [feat. Morgan Guerin]

13 - Shadow Dance (Wallace Roney)

14 - I’ve Known Rivers (Gary Bartz)



Mixed and Mastered by Paul Wilson

Cover by Jesse Brown

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Kassa Overall Brooklyn, New York

Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer.

“One of modern jazz music’s most audacious futurists.” -Pitchfork

“It's not another jazz-meets-hip-hop scrum: It's the sound of whole new lanes opening up.” -NPR, All Things Considered

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