Artist, drummer and backpack jazz producer Kassa Overall's journey has led him from playing at street fairs as a kid to commanding the rhythm section for some of the greatest musicians in the world. In February, that journey led him to Portland, where he performed during the PDX Jazz Festival on the same weekend that his second — and most personal — album was released.
It's no secret that the streaming generation has changed the way artists and labels release music. That changing dynamic makes reviewing the year's most memorable singles just as important as reviewing albums.
Here at KMHD, we listened to an incredible volume of amazing music in 2017. It’s been a year of releases that remind us why this sound is so important — it uplifts, inspires, reflects and makes space for honesty.
In jazz, single cuts can contain a dimensionality and completeness that takes pop music a whole album to achieve. And, as we witness a transition from albums to singles as the primary format for new music releases - a top singles list is essential.