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 next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.