Deep Fields, Dark Pastures and Dreams Out. The songs on both, made with Denver musicians like Kalyn Heffernan, Ben Weirich and Sean Dandurand, are ambient and funky, with shades of Andre 3000, Aloe Blacc and Dirty Projectors. Wes Watkins’s Holiday Celebration at Syntax will also include jazz/hip-hop act Dandu and synth-pop outfit Retrofette.
Wesley Watkins gets around town. The trumpeter, vocalist and mastermind behind the Other Black is frequently popping up with new projects, bringing together diverse musicians for collaborations that are equally groovy and celebratory. Watkins, who keeps to a busy recording schedule, just released two EPs in November: