Baeble First Play: The Avant Jazz Folk Of Wicked Man
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I'm a bit of a jazz head. I used to work at a bar when I was first getting my foot in the door as a journalist, and when I was working on my journalism (or my personal writing), I'd throw on some Miles Davis or the jazzy soundtracks to old film noir so I wouldn't lose my mind over the sound of slot machines and middle-aged alcoholics. My roommate back in those days was also a jazz head and we'd get into epic arguments about whether Vince Guaraldi Trio or Miles Davis was better. I don't really know how it was a discussion but he prefered Guaraldi cause he was a Philistine (I'm jesting; miss you, bro, if you're reading this). And on their new track "Cry For Once," Oakland rockers Wicked Man find an unconventional route to stunning jazz fusion.

Combining the guitar-driven jazz fusion with elements of psychedelic folk ala early Animal Collective, Wicked Man have that truly rare gift: a sound today that nobody else can call their own. We're ecstatic to have the exclusive premiere of "Cry For Once" because it harkens back to a time when music didn't have to sacrifice complexity for emotionality or craft for memorability. Here's a track that lost me in a nearly six minute groove of jazz and avant-garde folk, and on a Tuesday, there's not a whole lot more you could ask for.


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