Swing your 8th notes with some of the finest independent jazz being made today. The new CD Baby Jazz podcast explores the best cuts from CD Baby’s extensive catalog of jazz. You can find the podcast on itunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=355049284. Our first episode features 2 songs from drummer and composer Jeff “Tain” Watts’ latest Grammy Award-winning album, including the Grammy-winning song “Dancin 4 Chicken” for which Terence Blanchard won for “Best Improvised Solo”.
Marsalis, McBride, Blanchard, and Watts – less like a jazz quartet, more like a meeting of the genreâ€™s giants and royalty. On this album of â€œsepia syncopations and social commentary,â€ they convene in order to give life to 10 original Watts compositions. The songs are as diverse as the players are skilled, morphing from fierce and feisty angular-bop melodies to slow, sultry swing, from tightly restrained second line and odd-metered funk grooves to dense explosions of chaotic improvisation. These tunes prove (as if we ever needed proof!) that Jeff â€œTainâ€ Watts is much, much more than just a masterful timekeeper.
You can check out Tain Watts here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tainwatts