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?
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