Friday, June 8, 2012
Disperse- It's Diverted!
I haven't asked the members of Diverse about the motives behind their recent punk performance at Club Mustache. The embedded video offers insights into the atmosphere of the unlikely evening.
As someone who developed a love of jazz and punk simultaneously, the concept of successfully merging the two forms has long intrigued me. I'm not the only one. I once shared a moment with Black Flag's Greg Ginn when we discovered our mutual love of Sonny Rollins. Yet as Ginn's efforts have indicated, most attempts to combine punk's aggression with the innate artfulness of jazz are unsatisfying. A more promising (and potentially lucrative) proposition occurs when hip hop and jazz artists with nihilistic attitudes collaborate.
Traditionalists might wonder why Kansas City's premier young jazz act would opt to play punk. I'd counter by suggesting that it's precisely that adventurous spirit and willingness to take risks that make Diverse notable. In 2012, jazz can't have too many daring artists like Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke and Jason Moran. Diverted offers further confirmation that Ben Leifer, Hermon Mehari, Dominique Sanders and Brad Williams are similarly fearless musicians.