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Take Five With Steven Messenger

By Published: November 13, 2007
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Generally I think the smooth contemporary jazz market is expanding steadily. With the fusion of jazz with rock, funk and soul there are many baby boomers finding contentment in the music.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? I believe that roots jazz is great music and will always hold its own. Right now there are many contemporary jazz also known as jazz fusion artists that are creating beautiful new music. However, it appears that sometimes there is a rush for some of these artists to show off their chops instead of produce melodic stories for their listeners. To keep jazz alive and growing there needs to be more experimentation by combining new sounds and production ideas to push he envelope and provide people with new and interesting musical choices at the risk of commercial success. History has proven that in some cases the music that was once innovative and new has become commonplace and commercially viable.

What is in the near future? I am currently working on my next project that will include more smooth contemporary jazz songs with more melodic complexity riding on stimulating and innovative arrangements with a release date toward the end of 2008. After the next project is released I plan to design, produce and rehearse a live show and tour sometime in 2009.

By Day: When I am not in my studio I am managing various investments and I also appraise high end single family residences for the rich and famous.

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