Monday, August 10, 2009
Mark Lowrey's set at the Pitch Music Showcase was going well Thursday. He opened with a convincing round of acid jazz, highlighted by vocalist Shay Estes' creative reading of "How Deep Is the Ocean."
Then it happened- the single most encouraging moment of 2009 on Kansas City's jazz scene.
Sephiroth, a guy I only recognized as a regular attendee of hip hop shows and as a sometime employee of area clubs, grabbed a microphone. He freestyled at length- he even joked that he might be setting a Guinness record- as drummer Zach Albetta, percussionist Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon and Lowrey reacted to the twists and turns of Sephiroth's flow. The linked video captures only a portion of Sephiroth's quick-witted effort.
In terms of both conception and execution, it's nothing short of brilliant. This sort of forward-thinking collaboration is precisely what I have in mind when I lobby for new developments capable of keeping jazz fresh and relevant.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)