Stereophile: Performance 5/5 Stars / Sonics 5/5 Stars
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WE ARE is a career-changing album from musician and activist Jon Batiste. WE ARE celebrates Black American culture and music while exploring themes of lineage, authenticity, excellence and evolution. This album is about honoring roots and traditions, while looking forward to the future and constantly evolving. Featuring Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, Kizzo, Autumn Rowe, Steve Jordan, and many more...
Batiste's genre-mashing reinforces the album's theme of intergenerational wisdom, and it's also wonderfully fun.
A quick-and-joyous 40 minutes chockablock with feel-good vibes from jump blues to '70s-styled grooves... Batiste is a throwback in the best sense of the word, a sense we need about now.
WE ARE recalls youthful memories, recurring feelings, and his views on the state of society. Consider it a musical autobiography aided by the jazz, R&B, hip hop, and soul he's gathered from his New Orleans childhood.
- Vinyl LP
- Made In Canada
- WE ARE (feat. St. Augustine High School Marching 100, David Gauthier, Gospel Soul Children, Craig Adams, Braedon Gautier, Brennan Gautier, Autumn Rowe)
- TELL THE TRUTH
- I NEED YOU
- BOY HOOD (feat. PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty)
- MOVEMENT 11'
- ADULTHOOD (feat. Hot 8 Brass Band)
- SHOW ME THE WAY (feat. Zadie Smith)