Jazz and Style have frequently intertwined throughout different eras, but let us be the first to say that the time has come again — it is “cool” to be a jazz musician. Style is something that we sometimes take for granted, but artists like Kenneth Whalum, Christian Scott, Jamire Williams, and others are taking it back to the days of Miles, Trane, and Bird with their unique personas, musical tastes, and physical appearances. Check out saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III featured in the Style section of the Washington Post for his musical stylings.
Michael J. West of the Washington Post writes:
“Whalum wouldn’t be so easily pigeonholed. For the next hour, every tune went a different direction than the last. His second tune was a Radiohead cover (“Give Up the Ghost”) that wiped out the hypnotic repetition of the original. Thereafter came fervent, offbeat gospel; declaratory, soulful funk; and two pieces of idiosyncratic, hook-laden postbop, one ballad and one riff-based tune. Coltrane still echoed through Whalum’s horn in his phrasing and virtuosic technique, but was tempered by a smoother feel, heartier tone and shorter lines that refined the sound into Whalum’s own.”