Remember when jazz used to be a big time genre? Me either. I'm only 26. Despite the jazz genre having some of the most talented and technically proficient musicians on the planet, it has been nothing more than a niche genre for as long as I can remember. Why?
Jazz is a genre so steeped in history and tradition, that most bands would rather put out an album of standard covers than something ambitious and genre bending. And that'll get stale over a hundred years.
Parking Lot Symphony blends jazz with soul, funk, rock and hip hop, while giving you all of the excellent musicianship you expect from a jazz album. If jazz is ever going to be relevant again, more young band leaders need to take risks and make something like Trombone Shorty did.
Standout tracks include, "No Good Time," "Familiar," "Where It At?," & "Ain't No Use." "Familiar" is one of my favorite songs of the year so far. Songs that I can recommend on this site, and also slip into a party playlist for millennials will always hold a place in my heart.
If you happen to be in the Denver Area like I am, Trombone Shorty will be at Red Rocks August 16th.