Wednesday, May 26, 2010
One Influence Becomes Another and So On
The simplistic early rock eventually took on the attributes of other types of music such as classical and jazz. When the term "fusion" is used we often think jazz, but in reality rock and roll was a fusion of blues, swing, and country with doses of jazz thrown in. Once the mix was brewed, the sound was fairly distinct. But from there rock didn't just stagnate into a same ol' same ol' style, instead rock artists started absorbing other styles and musicians who had specialized in other genres began experimenting with rock. Musicians are often like that.
In the seventies, the fusion of rock and jazz began to explode. Carlos Santana and Ian Anderson are but a couple of the musicians who freely jazzed up their rock. Some of the many artists who leaned toward jazz with a strong rock influence were John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, and Jean Luc Ponty. Lines were crossed and criss-crossed as music styles were combined.
Do you have any favorite contemporary jazz artists? Can you think of an example of a popular song that you like or a favorite artist that has incorporated jazz into a performance? Do you think jazz is snooty, pretentious, or just plain difficult to understand?
Posted by Arlee Bird at 5:52 AM