I'd Like Your Opinion

I’d like your opinion on a matter that many recording artists have had on their minds at one time or another. Many of us love to write, perform, dance to, groove by, meditate to or otherwise appreciate music from more than one genre.  Whether its classic jazz, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, fusion, reggae, Latin funk, R&B, blues, county, hip hop, bebop, rap, bap, slap, clap, gospel, Christian rock, contemporary Gospel, sock bop, slip lock, pop knot, pop hop, pot mark or hip lock, there's usually more than one kind of music that moves us.



As artists, we have a tendency to record a CD that is of only one genre. Our projects most often consist of songs that "can" be categorized into one category. Even though the different types of music are pigeon-holed into particular genres of music (which may or may not mean anything), the contrast may not be as wide as the difference, in let’s say, country and hard metal or rock and baroque. However, it may be as close as smooth jazz and R&B or funk and fusion. You may enjoy listening to Earth Wind and Fire's "Gratitude," but would you enjoy hearing James Brown's "Hot Pants" as the next cut on the CD?  In your own music collection, if you are in the mood for Motown and selected The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” would your mood change if the next song segued to “What Is Hip” by Tower of Power.

As an artist, I've primarily written, performed or recorded at least three different genres of music; classic jazz, contemporary jazz/R&B and contemporary Gospel. As you know, my band and I are currently writing and recording a new CD. My dilemma is this: should I include music from more than one genre on this project? I’m speaking of classic jazz (straight ahead jazz), contemporary jazz and R&B.   

What’s your opinion? . . . whata ya think? 

I appreciate you as a fan of my music. Your opinion is valuable and I thank you for taking time to leave your comment.

4 comments

  • Roslyn Atwood
    Roslyn Atwood
    Hello Guy, It's been a while since I have seen you or heard your music. But I recall how moving and fantastic it was when you so graciously honored me with your presence at Northland Mall when I was Marketing Director. Hearing you now while I honor you on line, you still....... move me!! Sincerely Your Friend, PS You are just as profound as some of the old time greats and someone that I would consider my hard earned money was well spent. Roslyn

    Hello Guy,
    It's been a while since I have seen you or heard your music. But I recall how moving and fantastic it was when you so graciously honored me with your presence at Northland Mall when I was Marketing Director. Hearing you now while I honor you on line, you still....... move me!!

    Sincerely Your Friend,

    PS You are just as profound as some of the old time greats and someone that I would consider my hard earned money was well spent.

    Roslyn

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Hey Guymon I think it's a good idea to mix different genre's of jazz as long as you don't veer to far off the mark,and also the placement of each cut should blend from one song to the other,sometime the public is not ready for change,for instance I was at a Jean Luc Ponty concert years ago he released a African inspired album,the audience were not ready for that type of change from him,but it was all good for me,because I have listened to all types of music,I'm very flexible soooo go for it and good luck!

    Hey Guymon I think it's a good idea to mix different genre's of jazz as long as you don't veer to far off the mark,and also the placement of each cut should blend from one song to the other,sometime the public is not ready for change,for instance I was at a Jean Luc Ponty concert years ago he released a African inspired album,the audience were not ready for that type of change from him,but it was all good for me,because I have listened to all types of music,I'm very flexible soooo go for it and good luck!

  • WILEY
    WILEY
    HEY GUY, READING YOUR BLOG WHILE LISTENING TO SOME OF THE TRACKS YOU PRESENTED I AM IMPRESSED WITH YOUR CHOICES AN INTERPRETATIONS OF TUNES. THIS BEING MY FIRST EXPOSURE TO YOUR MUSIC, I WILL SURELY INVESTIGATE FURTHER. BACK TO THE SUBJECT, BEING INVOLVED IN MUSIC, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ALL MY LIFE IT IS NOT HARD FOR ME TOO HEAR COLTRANE THEN DONNA SUMMER NEXT. MOST PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO BROADEN THEIR HORIZON'S IF THE MUSIC IS PRESENTED PROPERLY. I SAY DIVERSIFY YOUR SOUND AND YOUR DIVERSIFY YOU AUDIENCE.

    HEY GUY, READING YOUR BLOG WHILE LISTENING TO SOME OF THE TRACKS YOU PRESENTED I AM IMPRESSED WITH YOUR CHOICES AN INTERPRETATIONS OF TUNES. THIS BEING MY FIRST EXPOSURE TO YOUR MUSIC, I WILL SURELY INVESTIGATE FURTHER. BACK TO THE SUBJECT, BEING INVOLVED IN MUSIC, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ALL MY LIFE IT IS NOT HARD FOR ME TOO HEAR COLTRANE THEN DONNA SUMMER NEXT. MOST PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO BROADEN THEIR HORIZON'S IF THE MUSIC IS PRESENTED PROPERLY. I SAY DIVERSIFY YOUR SOUND AND YOUR DIVERSIFY YOU AUDIENCE.

  • Joanne Dawley
    Joanne Dawley
    Thanks for asking. Although I love music across the musical spectrum, I generally choose music to match what I'm doing at the time. Listening to your wonderful sound as I write this I think your music has so many influences. Bottom line, I like what you are doing, no need to stray away from your unique sound.

    Thanks for asking. Although I love music across the musical spectrum, I generally choose music to match what I'm doing at the time. Listening to your wonderful sound as I write this I think your music has so many influences. Bottom line, I like what you are doing, no need to stray away from your unique sound.

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