Jas Walton: Face the Facts

The candid wisdom of British philosopher (and Zen author) Alan Watts, preserved through his son Mark’s dedicated recordings, has now been set to music by New York-based musician Jas Walton—who’s played on tour with EMEFE, The Roots, Kronos Quartet and most recently performed at Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor tribute shows at BAM. The resulting four-track EP Face the Facts: Words By Alan Watts (the first release off new label Figure & Ground) is a meditative and inquisitive duet between Walton’s jazzy grooves and Watts’ rhythmic phrases. As Watts solos on his instrument of choice—his voice—musing on the irrational fear of death and more, Walton gets the head bobbing and body responding.