If there is one thing I’ve learned about today’s jazz fans, it’s that many of them dismiss the type of music known as contemporary jazz, urban jazz, or — shudder — smooth jazz. And yet, there is good music to be heard within the genre.
I understand the thinking of many jazz purists, and I’ll confess that I’m a little ambivalent — in fact, I’ve been known to get dangerously drowsy after tuning into a smooth jazz radio station on a late-night drive. But I’ve also enjoyed the music at times.
I thought we might try something. Below is a track from fusion artist Don Diego, who is a skilled saxophonist, vocalist and keyboardist. His sax is in the ascendancy on this one, “Da Da,” from his album, A New Beginning. If I had to label it, I guess I’d call it a sort of funk/fusion/urban — OK, smooth — jazz.
Anyhow, I thought it might be interesting to gauge the reaction of GMC readers. Give it a listen and then share your opinion in the poll — you can elaborate via a comment if you’d like.
(Later — have now removed file but you can follow the album link to hear it.)