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Bounce-Worthy: Supa Lowery Brothers

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Those of you who know me personally know that my aversion to smooth jazz, the nauseating sax-heavy grooves played while you're at the dentist, runs pretty high. I gravitate more towards the jazz that's found on stations low on the FM dial, if you know what I mean. I have no problem listening to the classics (Bird, Coltrane, Miles), but I seriously jones for some contemporary jazz that's home grown since unfortunately the rest of the world has a serious appreciation for jazz music that this country just seriously lacks. For all the reasons listed above, I'm so happy that I stumbled upon the Supa Lowery Brothers and their album Vol. 2.

Hailing from the land of Illadelphia, these two brothers grew up in this city rich with a musical legacy all its own. With Christopher Lowery on trumpet and keyboards and Wesley Lowery on drums, these two brothers' musical training was further honed at Philadelphia's High School of Creative and Performing Arts, the same Fame-type school which produced Boyz II Men and drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.

Now based in Los Angeles, these two brothers have been sitting quietly under the radar for some time. The quartet, consisting of the Lowerys, Pakeso on guitar, and vocalist Kaz The Black, recently played a set last week at LA's Little Temple (while I was away on vacation, no less). Kaz, who also blesses some tracks with his rhymes showcases that these brothers' brand of jazz is embracing of hip hop that is on the more conscious side of the genre, all without sounding too preachy on "deep(look at the world)". If you close your eyes, it's almost as if this is what Mo' Better Blues and Bleek Gilliam's band would sound like, if only this movie had been made in 2008. I don't think I'm going out on a limb by saying that this may have be the sound they were looking for. In any case, I am officially putting all these brothas on notice that I hope this year brings yet another volume of musical treats.

Supa Lowery Brothers [Official][MySpace]


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