Cameron Graves—the leading exponent of what he’s dubbed “thrash-jazz”—has released his new album Seven.
Kamasi Washington—a high school friend for whom Graves plays keys—pops up for a cameo on “Paradise Trinity,” alongside Graves’ band Colin Cook (guitar), Max Gerl (bass) and Mike Mitchell (drums). It’s one of 11 tracks on Seven, which comes four years after his debut album as bandleader, Planetary Prince.
A native of the melting pot of Los Angeles, Graves has combined his longtime loves of Living Colour and Meshuggah with his jazz and classical stories and emerged with his signature thrash-jazz sound. He and his band also aim to pay homage to jazz-rock fusion pioneers.
“Our mission is to continue that legacy of advanced music that was started by bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever,” Graves said in a statement. “That was instilled in us by the masters. Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock—these guys sat with us and told us, ‘Look, man, you’ve got to carry this on.’”
Stream Seven below: