A new generation of jazz funk is here, and pioneers Yussef Kamaal are spreading their sound across the world. The duo, comprising of drummer Yussef Dayes and keyboardist/percussionist Kamaal Williams, blends nostalgic jazz and acid jazz influences together with dance music and new technology. Jazz is rarely a contemporary trend but this group and their hypnotic cosmic jams are making waves. They have been wowing listeners with their skilled performances and phenomenal debut album since its release last year. Backed up with a bass player and trumpeter, the unit creates fresh and experimental rhythms harking back to the exciting 70s jazz scene. This month, they’re performing for the first time in Japan as part of Billboard Live’s Spring Freshness season.
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