All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.
Jazz?. Well, Probably no more than Sade or Anita Baker are jazz. In fact the British cum Sri Lankian Siva is an interesting cross between Sade, Baker, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey (without the high notes). Her music is decidedly well-produced (I mean slick) and performed (as is any music that bears the mark of David Benoit). It is jaunty, funky, shimmering Pop that slums on the edge of contemporary jazz much in the same way, but with less authenticity as Sting using Branford Marsalis. Don’t get me wrong, this is not bad music. But it is not jazz. It is popular music composed, performed, and engineered with a greater aplomb than ninety percent of the similar music currently being played. Siva certainly deserves close attention, just not in the jazz arena.
Track Listing: I Can
Personnel: Samantha Siva: Vocals,Keyboards, Bass; David Benoit: Keyboards; Jon Ferrarro: Drums; Ken Wild: Bass; Brad Dutz: Percussion; Tim Weisberg; Flute; Richard Elliot; Tenor Saxophone; David Mann: Saxophones
I love jazz because it's so different than pop and has an emotional pull that other music does not have.
I was first exposed to jazz when I saw Dave Brubeck in 1974.
The first jazz record I bought was Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.