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Mos Def gets jazzy at Yoshi's 

Wednesday, Apr 8 2009

While waiting (and waiting) for Mos Def's upcoming album, The Ecstatic, to drop, take the opportunity to hear the rapper's jazzier side. His three-night, small-combo stint at Yoshi's will be close in spirit to the work of the Mos Def Big Band, but with a more intimate feel that will take cues from Mos' key collaborators. Keyboardist Robert Glasper, drummer Chris Dave, and bassist Stephen Bruner have separately worked with Pat Metheny and Erykah Badu. Together, the band reworks Mos' catalog while covering anything from Herbie Hancock to Jay Electronica.

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