Beat Odyssey 2020



A drummer and a turntablist improvising live together suggests something noisy or indulgent—or both. But “Beat Odyssey 2020,” the first collaborative album by the veteran studio-session drummer Steve Jordan and the former Beastie Boys DJ, Mix Master Mike, is spry, focussed, and eminently approachable. Moreover, it sounds nearly composed, almost songlike. Simplicity is the key: Jordan leans hard into looping funk beats, over which Mike juggles ear-catching snippets rather than show off his scratches. When he does, they resonate all the more.

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