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Kassa Overall: Living in the Cut between Jazz and Hip Hop

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Drummer, rapper and producer Kassa Overall speaks about the intersection of jazz and hip-hop, the importance of getting "comfortable with being bored so you can get better at your instrument," the relationship between great drumming and the sounds of nature, how growing up far away from the "scene" gave him a strong sense of personal identity, and what it takes to be a "cat who is going for it."

Along the way, he discusses the influence of many of his collaborators and teachers including Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Arto Lindsay, Roy Hargrove, Theo Croker, Billy Hart, and Elvin Jones.

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