Nate Smith‘s visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming has already established him as a key piece in reinvigorating the international jazz scene, and now his rising career reaches a new benchmark with the release of his bandleader debut, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere (February 3, 2017 via Ropeadope Records). Much like his diverse and ample résumé (which includes esteemed leading lights such as Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, José James, Somi, and Patricia Barber, among others), this album sees Smith fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop.
On this focused and passionate record, Alan Pasqua is joined by bassist Dave Holland and drummer Paul Motian – two players with stellar reputations who don't appear together often. Motian's post-'70s playing tends to be free and fragmented, but he approaches Pasqua's material with a straight-ahead sense of swing. The leader, for his part, became known as a synth player following his work with the Tony Williams Lifetime in the late '70s, but here his playing and writing are closer to acoustic post-boppers like Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron.
During the armed uprisings of the sixties left in Venezuela, a young guerrilla should give birth in secret. To her surprise, her daughter is the first to be born MOTHER'S DAY and photos appear in the press. Since then, both have to flee. Costumes, fake names are hiding places and everyday life GIRL, narrator of this story. Together with his cousin TEO, reinvent the adventures of their guerrilla parents, building a fantastic maze of superheroes and strategies around armed subversion, in which you never know where reality begins, or madness.