The Drummer, Rapper and Producer Bringing New Sounds to Jazz

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Kassa Overall. (Artist Photo)

New sounds have burbled in jazz for several years now, with the joyful noise created by artists like Shabaka Hutchings and Kamasi Washington on one end of the spectrum, and the subdued, skittering electronic influence of Makaya McCraven and Kamaal Williams on the other. The latter field includes the Brooklyn-based drummer, rapper and producer Kassa Overall, whose range is matched only by his depth. Political and cultural themes abound in Overall's music (along with a sense of humor; a 2019 album is cheekily titled Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz), and his live shows contain multitudes.

Kassa Overall performs Sunday, Sept. 26, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Details here.