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Some 'weird jazz' with your Easter?

April 2, 2010 | 12:33 pm

Winterwinds It may not be the most conventional pairing, but Stones Throw and Now Again records are hosting an Easter Sunday with an afternoon of self-described "weird jazz" and pulled-pork barbecue at Palate Wine Merchant in Glendale (attached to the much-lauded Palate Food + Wine).

A release party for Madlib's Young Jazz Rebels' "Slave Riot" and San Francisco crate-digger favorite P.E. Hewitt (out Tuesday), it's the lesser-known undercard that should offer the greatest treat. Consisting of the entire three-album output of the gifted vibraphonist-composer (who released his first recording "Jawbones" at the astounding age of 16), Hewitt's "Winter Winds: The Complete Works 1968-70" is almost jarring for how completely formed it sounds. Sample the Latin-tinged soul-jazz of "Bada Que Bash" below, which originally appeared on Hewitt's third and final album that lends the set its name.

It might be a long way from the Crystal Cathedral's recently canceled Easter pageant, but there's something in Hewitt's raw, deeply funky arrangements that are spiritual experiences unto themselves.

"Bada Que Bash" by P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble

-- Chris Barton