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Monday, October 18   >>

BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH

Jonsi last night was spectacular.


I'm not big on pyrotechnics or props or any other stupid shit that often compensates for the lack of musical talent in live shows, but Jonsi's production for this tour was a real success in that the stage was catering to his music, and not the other way around. Do not miss this.

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Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist who's played with every hip-hop artist known to man, and was more notably spotlighted as keyboardist in Maxwell's tour in the past year or so. After I wrote about Glasper a couple weeks ago, I delved into a lot of his works, not noticing that the real reason I loved Q-Tip's The Renaissance and a few other hip-hop records was because of Glasper's involvement in them.

I'm sure there are tons of other jazz musicians on the pop/hip-hop scene today whose writings are being put out by chart-topping stars, and that gives me a lot of hope. Maybe jazz isn't really dying. Jazz is changing, a lot, the way it was meant to, by going into different avenues and proving that it isn't some niche form reserved for the avant-garde upper class, and more-so a form that every genre draws upon. By focusing much less on the exact metrics or theory of alleged rules in jazz, it consequentially stops being a genre, and almost exclusively becomes more of an ideal or attitude or movement. I fucking love that.

Glasper plays tomorrow night at Catalina's. I'm staying for all sets, beginning to end. Say hi.