Benny Starr makes it on Chase Quinn's top 5 | Ruta Smith file photo

The Gibbes Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Romare Bearden: Abstraction, closes Jan. 9 — an exploration of artist Bearden’s lesser known body of abstract work from the 1950s-60s. Inspired by the exhibit, the Gibbes is planning a Jan. 7 concert called “Improvised” with local hip-hop artists Benny Starr and Mike Brown. As the concert approaches, Chase Quinn, curator of education and programs at the Gibbes, gave City Paper his top five tracks for getting into a Bearden state of mind.

List to the playlist on Spotify:

“Seabreeze” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Lies” – Contour
“I Gotta Have it (Intro)” – Mike Brown
“The Prelude” – Benny Starr
“Be on My Side” – Melanie Charles