The Somers Point Jazz Society threw a first album release party for the newly-formed Jost Project at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro this fall. Can't Find My Way Home, the CD is titled. The venue offers a seaside bar on one side and its opposite on the other, a rentable banquet room with brocade upholstered chairs. The quartet was finishing dinner in the big, dimly lit room in a kind of pre-game huddle. When they broke, bassist Kevin MacConnell finished his soup standing up. Anwar Marshall made micro-adjustments to his drum set. Vocalist Paul Jost sought privacy to take ...read more
Rock 'n' roll and The Beatles created serious challenges for jazz. Soul funk, folk and the rock explosion of the 1960s and 1970s left jazz with an even smaller slice of the pie. Many jazz artists jumped to cover pop tunes of the day, often falling ungraciously between two stools. In recent years contemporary jazz artists have increasingly eschewed traditional standards, instead looking to the songs of Paul Simon, Nik Drake, Tom Waits and Radiohead, for example, for new inspiration. Whether as a knee-jerk reaction to new trends or through a process of gradual assimilation, jazz has always borrowed from ...read more
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