These days, when I find new music more often than not it’s through searching and stumbling across something great online, which is quick and easy to do. However, nothing beats discovering a new act through a spontaneous outing to a venue to see something you know nothing about.
Douglas Pisterman was one of these satisfying discoveries. Imagine the jazz funk fusion of Donald Byrd combined with Dilla inspired breaks and vocals that sonically and melodically evoke Jamiroquai. Pisterman’s songwriting maturity is evident in the innovative synth and guitar lines that decorate his funky rhythm section. The addition of electronics brings the whole thing back round to a chilled, neo-soul vibe.
This is a guy (and his band) worth seeing live, and on record he likewise hits the sweet spot between the smooth cool of the old jazz funk greats and the burgeoning new generation of electronic jazz we’re all buzzing about at the moment.