The Project enjoys bringing it back to the blunt-tokin' old school days of "Bitches Ain't Shit" gangsta rap circa nine-deuce, but with a twist, fusing together seemingly disparate elements of modern creative jazz, avant-classical, and metal with a funkdafied energy that rolls right alongside West Coast party hip-hop. The rollicking five-piece ASU jazz combo, under the direction of music prof and chop-heavy saxophonist, Bryon Ruth, ignites blazes and burns up bandstands with G-funk anthems from Dr. Dre's The Chronic embedded into swinging John Coltrane arrangements, strutting free-bop '70s Dewey Redman baked into the band's "musical loaf," and speed-metal infused with covers from the new jazz/rock outfit, Kneebody. "A lot of the older players around town seem to treat jazz music as if it were 'under glass,' making jazz into a kind of classical music," says keyboardist Shea Marshall. "If I want to hear that, I'll go listen to a CD or the radio." Light it up, boys.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.