Arts and Entertainment
Best Jazz Album
Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes baltimore: Live from the Windup Space Vol. 1
Published: September 19, 2012
In the most closed-minded jazz circles, where people think the genre was embalmed with the bones of Bird, it may be heresy to call the New Volcanoes jazz—but it would be insane to call them anything else. Like the best jazz, Gilchrist’s compositions bring in the most ass-kicking elements of popular music—in this case, funk and go-go—to enliven the genre. Even better, these elements bring jazz back to the dance floor and out of the crusty museum of purists. Live at the Windup Space Vol. 1 features some of Gilchrist’s best compositions, with fierce improvisations from his all-star band, featuring Mike Cerri, John Dierker, Tiffany DeFoe, and a slew of others. The record is so good it leaves only one question: Where the fuck is volume two?