Deep bonds formed through trust, friendship and family make better jazz than anything that the most talented strangers could create.
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The stage lit up with a flaming, passionate red, and the musicians of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) took the stage in their first-ever show in Santa Barbara.
The audience filed back in and the two virtuosos re-emerged, Kavakos unchanged and Wang now draped in a slinky, subdued green evening dress.
Sampha has been featured in tracks by Kanye, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean and Drake, yet hadn’t released a full debut album of his own until this week’s Process.
The energy was already high nearly an hour before Elephante came on, and the Hub filled up quickly for the sold-out show.
Not only are these siblings taking the music industry by storm, but also the modeling world.
For fans of the xx’s previous work, this album keeps their atmospheric instrumentation and their oft-touched themes of love and loneliness.
All in all, 2016 was one hell of a year. And, as with any particularly tumultuous time, it left us with some amazing music.