Jamael Dean - Black Space Tapes LP
Label: Stones Throw
Pianist and producer Jamael Dean is a jazz prodigy. Just 20 years old, he’s already collaborated and performed with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Niño. Jamael's music reflects the dual influence of his contemporaries in the Los Angeles scene and that of of jazz ancestors including Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and soul jazz drummer Donald Dean — who is also his grandfather. LA, he says, is “only places I can go in the same day to a jam session with music from the 20s and 30s to another session with music in the 40s through the 80s, and after that play music with my friends from that era onwards."