After Tuesday evening’s Trump-shaped political earthquake, nerves are a little frayed around the edges. Brooklyn jazz-core collective A Tree Grows’s new single ‘Wau Wau Water’ offers a calming reflection on city life, woven with dexterous bass, nifty percussion and sensuous trumpet and sax lines. With a multi-cultural melting stew of sounds percolating from the jazz, blues, afrobeat and experimental scenes and served in a slice of cool, this is exactly the kind of ‘immigrant’ sound of the streets that old ‘Build A Wall’ Donald may take issue with.
The composition ‘Wau-Wau Water’ is based on the following concept: “Enzymes are forming in a prehistoric ocean – evolving into bacteria. A stew of life is brewing, the cycle starts and intensifies in this patch of fertile Wau-Wau Water.”
This is the first single from their coming 2017 self-titled album. This project involves musicians on the New York scene, including Tivon Penicott and Duane Eubanks. As Wynton Marsalis once said, “Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. If you are not a jazz lover by now, I challenge you to listen through and feel this.”