1

Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet: New Life

Geno Thackara By

Sign in to view read count
Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet: New Life
If there's one impression about Shawn Thwaites that jumps out at first glance, it's a willingness to jokingly twist expectations. The Trinidadian-American's music is billed as "modern jazz intertwining hip-hop, funk and calypso"—a blending just as offbeat as his choice of steel drums for main instrument—and his Rebel Quartet actually turns out to have six members. The band shows the same defiant and carefree attitude throughout their debut New Life, making for a listen as zesty and colorful as its eye-popping cover.

Okay, it's not completely carefree when the brief introductory rap of "Westcoastin'" is followed by a weighty phone-call interlude early on, but those spots aside, Thwaites and the band just bring the good times and let the music speak for itself. The hip-hop element is otherwise relegated to a light smattering of electronic beats in a couple spots. The majority of New Life shows the group kicking through lively cabana grooves and trading off solos with glee. The leader's delightfully vibrant steel-drum work makes for a cheery tropical vibe while the horn players in particular wail their heads off.

Thwaites' interests cover all those things mentioned above as well as gentle balladry, slinky R&B and Cajun swing. Never mind any expectations of genre (or anything else for that matter). In any mode, these rebels' spirited positivity offers a romping good time to keep the drinks flowing and the room hopping.

Track Listing

Black Fist; Westcoastin'; Dirty Truth; First Born; Hood Suite; Rt. 50; Europa; Out of the Rain; Interlude; Jordyn.

Personnel

Shawn Thwaites: drums, steel.

Album information

Title: New Life | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Hi-Fly
Hi-Fly
Howard University Jazz Ensemble
Read And Then It Rained
And Then It Rained
The Michael O'Neill Quartet
Read You're It!
You're It!
The Mike Melito / Dino Losito Quartet
Read URBAN(E)
URBAN(E)
Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra
Read All Figured Out
All Figured Out
Derek Brown and The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.