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.
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.
If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a good chance that it’s raining when you read this — that's why KMHD's Program Director Matt Fleeger curated a soundtrack for those infamous Northwest rainy days.