Music: The Wishermen – Tied Love

I will admit my reticence at hearing this track after drummer Barra Brown e-mailed me a link, saying that it was an “experimental mashup of two Justin Timberlake songs.” Because if there’s one trend in modern jazz that puts me off a bit is a quick embrace of radio hits or winking covers of classic rock songs (I’m looking at you Bad Plus). This skirts the line a little uncomfortably at times, but there’s such an embrace of weird tonalities and a fantastic rhythm track that lets Brown find the perfect Venn diagram meeting place between the two songs that I can’t help but fall for it. I’ve been promised that the Wishermen sound “waaaaay different” now than their earlier post-jazz outlays. If this is a small taste of that difference, I’m excited to hear what comes next.

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