David & The Dorks is an early example but other Dead spin-off bands include Old and In the Way, Go Ahead, Weir & Wasserman, Dead & Company, and Golden Gate Wingmen.
With the release of “Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles,” now’s the time to get acquainted with Jorge Santana and Malo (not to mention Sapo, Azteca, Dakila, and El Chicano).
When drummer Jabo Starks died in May 2018, we lost the last living link to that funky James Brown groove. But a wide array of artists, from Prince to Iggy Pop to Q Burns Abstract Message, furthered his contributions by incorporating his unique rhythmic vibe into some of their songs.
This revolutionary artist broke jazz out of its “bebop” box, and took it to places no one ever imagined. Cecil Taylor also wrote poetry and music for dance performances. Many consider him as influential as Coltrane and Ellington; it’s a shame he didn’t get more commercial attention.
Spacey “spiritual” jazz, Van Morrison’s gift for improv, an Estonian pianist, and a “brain-shattering version of Nirvana’s ‘Negative Creep’…these are just a few of the artists taking jazz music into entirely uncharted directions. Ready for it?