‘Jazz is hip hop’: Benet Mclean genre hops at the Hideaway

 “JAZZ is hip hop, hip hop is jazz – they’re the same thing,” pronounced Sonny Rollins  on stage at this year’s London Jazz Festival. Your average Joe jazz fan may not agree with the legendary saxophonist’s outburst – but Benet Mclean should would, as he melts hip hop songs forms into his traditional jazz quartet, while peppering the stew with elements of funk, fusion and pop. Lurching from covers of Sam Cooke and Michael Jackson to bebop-on-bendrezine workouts, Mclean’s playful piano approach draws on everyone from Art Tatum to Elton John, and Scott Joplin to Liszt. And while his voice is more … Continue reading ‘Jazz is hip hop’: Benet Mclean genre hops at the Hideaway

Scattered thoughts on seeing Sonny Rollins blow live – aged 80 – at The Barbican

The overused superlative “endless flow of ideas” dwarfs into a meaningless cliché after hearing Sonny Rollins’ torrential bombardment of sax. Notes cascaded out of the giant’s towering tenor, swelling to climax after climax, ears overflowing with peaks like water dashing … Continue reading Scattered thoughts on seeing Sonny Rollins blow live – aged 80 – at The Barbican