At the moment, jazz isn’t really in the mainstream. It is thought of as something that was more popular in past generations. However, there is still a jazz scene, though it is very small.
New York may be the center of jazz, though there are many other cities with thriving jazz scenes. These cities include Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, there is a saxophonist by the name of Kamasi Washington. He has made it onto the national scene, working with Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar. He has also come out with an album called “The Epic.” In “The Epic,” a bunch of musicians from his hometown are featured. On the album, there is a choir consisting of 20 people, a string section and group called the West Coast Get Down.
Four members of that group came out with their own solo albums. There is much breadth and uniqueness to each of their styles.
The four men who made their own albums are Miles Mosley, Cameron Graves, Ronald Bruner and Stephen Bruner.
Miles Mosley finds inspiration in funk from the 1970s that veers toward being political. On the cover of his solo album, he is wearing a black beret and is staring into the camera. He is the bassist in Kamasi Washington’s album.
Cameron Graves is the pianist in Washington’s album. His own album is another take on the kinds of music that you find in Washington’s album.
Ronald Bruner is the drummer in Washington’s album. In his own album, there is steady intensity, and different songs on the album have different sounds to them. For example, one song has a progressive rock feel while another goes from being funk to trap.
Stephen Bruner is a bassist and vocalist in Washington’s album. In Bruner’s album, there is a hazy sound of electric fusion. His work is comparable to the work of artists from the 1980s, such as George Duke, Patrice Rushen and Stanley Clark.