Forward Motion with George Burton – Live From NYC – ‘Meshell’ (20/08/2021)
Award-winning musician, composer and natural curator of the under-discovered, George Burton is known for, ushering the jazz idiom into non-jazz realms, and vice-versa.
This episode features George in conversation with bassist-vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello. Ndegeocello’s artistic genius has been long documented. So has her expansive scope. Funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, rock, and more all have a place in her music. As one critic noted, she even helped “spark the neo-soul movement.” Her wide range is evident in not just her music but also her conversation with George as it incorporates everyone from Stevie Wonder to Joni Mitchell to Ben Webster to Jason Moran. The dialogue also advances Ndegocello’s role as a philosopher. Time, in particular, takes on a central role in the discussion, whether Ndegeocello’s ability to use technology in otherwise idle time to create art or how now is the moment to change society for the better.
Forward Motion, George’s biweekly show airing Fridays from 4-6pm EST on Soho Radio, pulls from his wide range of inspiration and experiences, promising to take listeners on a musical and cultural exploration, from jazz’s historical influence to current trends of the genre and beyond.