OAKLAND — Forward-thinking speakeasy The New Parish hosted The Midnight Hour Sunday on a detour through soul-jazz terrain.
Featuring composer-producer Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest alumnus Ali Shaheed Muhammad, The Midnight Hour mostly veered away from hip-hop, forging instead an amalgam of cool jazz and soul cinema soundtracks. The full arrangement was not overdone. Eight musicians shared the stage, frequently exchanging places and instruments. Roughly half the set was instrumental, emphasizing the group’s atmospherics and improvisations. Vocal duties were split between multi-instrumentalists Loren Oden and Angela Munoz.
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