I wasn’t even aware of Jon Batiste until last night. My bad, I guess
― ass time permits (morrisp), Monday, 4 April 2022 14:09 (two months ago) link
Chris Richards in Washington Post in pre-Grammys writeup--
“We Are” wants to be for everyone. Jon Batiste is a familiar face, a crowd-pleaser famous for jazzing up the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” as well as one of the most prominent pianists in his field. Here, after performing protest concerts against police violence and voter suppression in 2020, he’s siphoned his politics through a big-tent sound that involves the New Orleans jazz he was raised playing, firm gusts of Stevie Wonder-ish melody, lots of hip-hop flash, a little marching band thunder and more. Lyrically and musically, “We Are” delivers its righteous, pro-justice ideals in energetic, frictionless ways. It is power-to-the-people music that the people can listen to at brunch.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 April 2022 14:23 (two months ago) link
Power Up was good!
― And liberty she pirouette (Sund4r), Monday, 4 April 2022 14:25 (two months ago) link
he is to Stevie what Bruno Mars is to Prince
dude can definitely play though
― frogbs, Monday, 4 April 2022 14:25 (two months ago) link
I do agree that "Making a Fire" is not terrible as these things go btw but "Waiting on a War" has negative value.
― And liberty she pirouette (Sund4r), Monday, 4 April 2022 14:30 (two months ago) link