As a producer, I love it when I hear a song with a perfect sonic balance and this song got it. It's one of the more popular songs with my fans too and I think it got a great balance of pure power techno and ethnic sweetness.
The first Jazz album I bought was: Jimmy SmithLive.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? I hope to break out of the box. Every musician is put into a box by imposing genres and musical styles onto them, and I make albums that can't be that easily categorized and boxed. My music's got to have some funk in it but from that point...anything goes.
Did you know...
That I once played guitar in an Eric Clapton
(Of course I hope that I'll have an iPod with 1,000 songs on the desert island, it would help pass the time).
How would you describe the state of jazz today? I am glad to see that jazz is not stagnant and the spirit of fusion is still alive. I hope that jazz always remains open to experimentation and new influences.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? To break barriers. Not to be afraid to mix things up and to fuse jazz with what's going on in the popular music scene today. In the '80s fusion was probably at its strongest with people like George Duke, but I hope that jazz musicians are not afraid to show up on stage at major festivals and show the world that today's jazz is very much alive and not your father's jazz anymore.
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