The colorful drummer, composer, and arranger switches styles as easily as he changes crop-tops. His two new albums under the Context Killer and Diamond Kinkade monikers add live-looping avant funk and ambient piano and synth soundscapes to the straight-ahead jazz and funk he’s been known for. Simon has always liked to stretch the boundaries of musical forms and identity. If things get kinky, that’s fine with him. After his visit with the Troubled Men, he should feel more emboldened than ever.
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Intro music: Styler/Coman
Break music: “Cleared Scenario” from “Memories, the Pond and Rain Clouds” by Diamond Kinkade
Outro music: “Spent” from “Strange Seduction” by Context Killer