Louis Cole Shines Unleashes Genius Opening Up For Thundercat At The Shrine
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… Louis Cole is a multi-instrumentalist is the co-founder of the group Knower; a group that I’ve been following since at least 2015. When I started delving into Louis’ solo repertoire, I found myself going down the rabbit hole of all of the videos I could find of him on YouTube. I started with the video that pushed him into the public eye, “Bank Account”, and now get overly excited whenever he drops a video on his social media.
There’s a genius to Louis’ music. It’s not only the way he flips beats on his drum kit, but it’s the instinct he has in the writing of his music. I could have guessed that he was a classically-trained jazz musician before I looked him up on Wikipedia, I mean, I literally listened to his recording “Trying Not To Die” a million times trying to understand how he made his lyrical phrasing work, his chord progressions, and even tempo. I can’t do it… but it works … and it’s a joy to listen to.
Watching him do his solo thing live is also a joy to watch. He could have played a 30-minute drum solo, and I would have been content. I think the set could have been a bit more seamless if he had some additional players to handle some of the instrumental workload. He did have a horn player on stage towards the end of his set, but I didn’t catch the name of the guy to join him on stage. Maybe it was Sam Gendel? Does anybody know?…”
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