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KCRW Presents Lockdown Listening: Karriem Riggins

NPR
 2021-03-16

Cover picture for the articleWith a resume that ranges from Talib Kweli to Paul McCartney, L.A.-based drummer Karriem Riggins has assembled his kit in a borderless zone that encompasses modern jazz, hip-hop, classic singer-songwriters and whatever else tickles his fancy. Riggins studied with bassist Ray Brown and quickly became the go-to rhythmatist for Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Oscar Peterson and other jazz icons. Honoring his own upbringing among the nascent rap and hip-hop scenes, Riggins became an in-demand beatmaker for Common, J Dilla and Erykah Badu among others. His expansive credits also include Elvis Costello and the Roots, Kaytranada, Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Esperanza Spalding. In late 2020, he released Pardon My French, a long-mooted collaboration with Madlib as Jahari Massamba Unit. For the Lockdown Listening series, Riggins speaks with KCRW about the music that's shaped his own playing.

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