The Roots reveal their most hauntingly reflective work to date with their eleventh studio album, which features some moody bass work from Mark Kelley. Avoiding mainstream hip-hop trends, the Roots favor minor-key, downtempo compositions that find Kelley playing minimally while keeping his grooves locked in with ?uestlove’s kick drum (but really, is there any better place to be?). Songs like “Never” and “The Dark” showcase the beauty in Kelley’s simple and foundational lines.
CD Review: Rufus Reid "Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project"
On Rufus Reid’s ambitious new project, the 70-year-old jazz legend channeled inspiration from famed artist Elizabeth Catlett’s work and composed a six-part movement using a 20-piece orchestra to accompany his upright.