The Power of Less: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Viewed by more than 37M people, this is definitely one of the most astonishing Tiny Desk concerts. There are so many best parts in this 3 songs live, but as the Tiny Desk setting allows up-close focus on each detail, it became a rare occasion that lets you enjoy .Paak’s tight drumming, especially the neat hi-hat play. I didn’t even know that just hi-hat can be such a sexy instrument. I can keep listening to just that all day.
2. Robert Glasper Experiment
Speaking of minimalistic drumming and hi-hat, the drummer with the Robert Glasper Experiment brought in only a snare and a bass drum (and something that looks like a thick cymbal). No hi-hat. Instead he placed a sleigh bell on a snare and uses its different parts to make cool sounds. It is such a joy to see talented musicians let beautiful music emerge from nowhere. Robert Glasper Experiment is sheer musicianship.
The beauty of the Tiny Desk is that you can focus on each instrument including drums or bass, to which people pay usually less attention. Thundarcat is a super skilled bassist who plays a 6-string bass, and even plays chords on it! But listening to musicians like .Paak, Robert Glasper or Thundercat, you realize that skill is only one piece of their pure musicianship. He also played on Mac Miller’s Tiny Desk live, which is as beautiful and heartbreaking as Nirvana s “MTV Unplugged.”
4. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
They made modern jazz relevant again. John Coltrane spirit.
I must admit that I didn’t know him. And since his Tiny Desk was so good I don’t want to listen to their “plugged” regular version. Their repeat of simple melody/unison is really something. And speaking of each instrument, the trumpet is outstanding.
Top Comment on Youtube; Heard a rumor that the drummer is the new metronome designed by Tesla
Only real musicianship can make such a minimalistic music super cool and exciting. It felt like I was watching a Tarantino movie.