Hank Shteamer on André 3000 at the Blue Note

Is André 3000 in his jazz era? | NPR

[W]hen sessions for New Blue Sun began, he was still figuring out how to operate the digital woodwinds that feature heavily on the album. As it turns out, it’s precisely this aspect that makes New Blue Sun so appealing as a live show.

One of my favorite music writers and creative music thinkers, Hank Shteamer, wrote this terrific piece for NPR. He had a companion piece looking more broadly at the current spiritual jazz renaissance (“spiritual-jazz-aissance”) in his newsletter which is also worth a look.