Jazz is the foundation of American music, but you wouldn't know that by turning on the radio unless you're a seasoned musician or musicologist. The improvisational aspect has bled into and formed pop music as we know it, and its tones and rhythms birthed the only other American music form: rap.
Josh Evans is a young man born from tradition. At a young age, the East Coast musician was cutting his teeth playing with musicians a few generations older than him. His first album, Portrait, was a courages embrace of form and rejection of novelty. He returns today with his second LP via fellow musician Oliver Lake's imprint.
A selection from the Hope and Despair LP, enjoy the full and lush "Bad Dream," and make sure to see the good folks at Passin Thru Records if this warms your blood.