Greg Foat + Kassa Overall
New sounds of ground-breaking jazz in this future facing double bill
Greg Foat has become a versatile mainstay in UK jazz through an acclaimed series of albums on Strut, Jazzman, and Athens Of The North, moving from soul-jazz workouts to library music to cinematic, haunting compositions and pastoral acid folk. He's played with the likes of FKA Twigs, Questlove, Bob Lind, Curtis Lundy and Wendy James for shows and recording sessions. His recent release Symphonie Pacifique goes expansive and widescreen, building a lush soundscape using choral textures, harp and tubular bells.
A leading jazz player has abandoned ambition for more unexpected, idiosyncratic visionsPitchfork
Absolutely one of the best jazz albums of 2020. UnmissableEchoes Magazine
Singer, producer, drummer, and MC Kassa Overall is a product of New York City's jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground.
In the past two years, Kassa has released three critically acclaimed projects: Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz, I THINK I'M GOOD, followed shortly by a SHADES OF FLU inspired by Madlib's Shades of Blue. Whatever the experiment, Overall remains faithful to the pocket of jazz drums in the tradition of his mentors, the late Elvin Jones and Billy Hart, with whom he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Kassa has worked with Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Francis and the Lights, Yoko Ono, Peter Evans, and Gary Bartz. His work as a producer can be heard on albums by Theo Croker (Escape Velocity), Arto Lindsay (Cuidado Madame), and Das Racist (Sit Down, Man). He's also featured as an emcee and DJ on drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's 2020 Grammy nominated project, The Waiting Game, as well as drummer on Carmen Lundy's 2020 Grammy nominated project, Modern Ancestors.
Raw, underground, and chaotic. One of modern jazz music's most audacious futuristsPitchfork
Not another jazz-meets-hip-hop scrum: It's the sound of whole new lanes opening upNPR