Looks like Robert Glasper isn't the only jazz musician who's been looking to hip-hop for inspiration of late. Kenneth Whalum III, a rising composer, arranger and tenor saxophonist hailing from the Big Apple, links up with Mississippi rhymesayer Big K.R.I.T. on Away, his latest promo single and first DJBooth feature. As you'd expect from the headliner's skillset, the record features a high-caliber live-band backdrop; effervescent keys and sax collide with classic samples (The “Louder!” from Mountain's Long Red makes an appearance) as Whalums showcases his considerable vocal talents. K.R.I.T. matches the beat's pensive tone in his extended middle verse, reflecting on the emptiness of material success and revisiting the grief he experienced upon his grandmother's passing. This self-released jam isn't part of a larger project, but we'll keep you posted on Whalum's 2014 plans as further details emerge.
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