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by Ludovico Granvassu
The second part of this week's special edition dedicated to jazz renditions of the songs of Michael Jackson (and the Jackson 5!) showcases a wide range of approaches, ranging from the muscular, to the atmospheric, deconstructivist and straight-ahead groovy, including a compare and contrast between Vijay Iyer's and Miles Davis cover of Human Nature." At the end of the show, Jimmy Smith's precious collaboration with the King of Pop. [For the first part click here]read more
by Ludovico Granvassu
This week let's pay homage to the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. It has been 10 years since Michael Jackson passed away and lots of things have emerged since then, but the popularity of his music remains strong, including among jazz musicians (the majority of the tracks featured this week was released after his passing). If you are concerned that jazz interpretations of pop music come very close to smooth jazz, don't worry... that's not Mondo ...read more
by Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Can anyone write about Michael Jackson's music without talking about themselves? My story goes like this. An after-school dance in the multi-use room at Charlotte Wood Junior High School. I'm 13 years old, my back firmly affixed to the wall, together with my coterie of friends, watching the less socially awkward kids dance in the center of the room. All of a sudden an insistent bass line, tapping me on the shoulder, resonating in my gut like butterflies in my ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
Lift your head up high / And scream out to the world I know I am someone / And let the truth unfurl Ain't no one can hurt you now / Because you know what's true Yes, I believe in me / So you believe in you Help me sing it..."
Just like I remember where I stood in 1977 when news of Elvis' death ripped across televisions everywhere, most ...read more
by Samuel L. Peapye
Queen Latifah recorded one, and Rod Stewart has released two. That's right, pop stars are making jazz records these days. It was just a matter of time before the King of Pop headed to the studio to make his jazz album. With a maturing audience for his music, the forty-something fan base for Michael almost demanded this recording.
Like the legendary silent film star Fatty Arbuckle, who had his career sidelined by legal woes, the pop star had ...read more