Concerts in Chicago in November 2018
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington likes to make big statements with his music, and his latest release, Heaven and Earth—a double album that is secretly a triple album—is no exception. Washington once again embraces the cinematic scope of his cosmic jazz, layering winding solos with choirs and lush string arrangements. In concert, he surrounds himself with skilled players, including his father, saxophonist Rickey Washington, who clearly passed on his chops to his son. Even if you don't know the difference between John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, you'll find the groove in Washington's refreshingly contemporary melodies.
After wallowing in the lovelorn R&B of Dirty Projectors' self-titled 2017 album, Dave Longstreth returns to peppy Baroque pop on his recent record Lamp Lit Prose. While he's still missing the taut vocal harmonies that defined the band's most memorable songs, guest spots from singers like Syd (of the Internet) and Empress Of are a welcome adition to Longstreth's sonic palette—as are his offhanded lyrical references to Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and the Palace Versailles. Here, Dirty Projectors settle in for a three-night residency at Chicago's newest music venue, Sleeping Village.