From the liner notes of Forget All That and Just Wail, new music compiled by Ross Simonini for the 2013 music issue:
Glows in the Dark (featuring Count Bass D), “Up and Down”
Where to locate the jazz? I keep trying to answer that question in these written snippets about each track. What’s funny is that most of these artists have probably spent a fair amount of energy trying not to be swallowed by the term. On this track you could point to the rhythmic feel, the woody buzz of the double bass, the horns, the peculiar, rich chordal shifts—but who cares? I can’t pretend this compilation is the first time jazz is being expanded past its accepted definition, or the first time jazz musicians have incorporated other strains of music, since that’s essentially how the genre began and has continued. This marriage of hip-hop and jazz is old news, for sure. Remember that little spurt in the ’90s that included Us3, Digable Planets, and Guru’s Jazzmatazz series? It wasn’t just a moment. There isn’t any nostalgia in this music—it sounds fresh—and there’s no chorus, which helps the MC’s flow feel unstructured, like the intuitive narrative of an instrumentalist’s solo.