Kamasi Washington 1 July
Robert Glasper Experiment 3 July
Kamasi Washington is an American saxophonist with phenomenal talent. In 1999 he won the John Coltrane Music Competition, launching his career. He's played in bands for a huge range of musicians including Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, and was credited for saxaphone on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly album. His solo debut was critically acclaimed and he's well on the way to creating more material for his fans. Get ready for an amazing night with a rare talent.
1 Jul 2017 7pm - 11pm
O2 Academy 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW
£25 + booking fee
Robert Glasper Experiment
With last year’s Covered, free-thinking idiom-bender Robert Glasper imaginatively used a classic acoustic-trio jazz lineup to rework pop-structured songs. ArtScience reassembles his vocoder-dominated Experiment quartet, but this time with all the members joining the electronically massaged vocals in a recalibration of the group’s balance of pop, dance and jazz methods. The fast jazz swing, skidding avant-bop sax and acoustic walking bass of the opener immediately flags that up, before electronically warped crowd sounds and a hard-struck hip-hop groove intervene. Anthemic pop-hooked songs, such as saxist Casey Benjamin’s Day to Day, nonetheless hide sly jazz nuances in the pianist’s casual fills and drummer Mark Colenburg’s eerily impassive snare hits. A cover of Human League’s Human gracefully develops the pop ballad theme as a seductive accumulation of whistling synth sounds and intensifying hip-hop patterns before Benjamin’s soulfully beboppish acoustic-sax finale. Glasper has signalled an impatience with jazz on earlier Experiment ventures, but very definitely not on this one.
3 July @ Belgrave Music Hall 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP 8pm doors
£25.00 + booking fee
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