[Dixielandjazz] From Soul to OKOM?
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TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Thu Mar 24 09:22:19 PST 2005
In a message dated 3/24/05 7:24:37 AM Pacific Standard Time,
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:
RE; Chaka Kahn:
> Hmmmmmmm. She seems to be reinventing herself once again. With OKOM. What
> does she know about the audience for such music that we don't?
> Steve Barbone
I would venture to say from having booked her in the early Rufus Days early
70, s and having worked major Jazz Festival concerts with her in the past four
years that she is expanding her potential audience to those who might be older
and not into her pop funk oriented material that launched her to
International Super Stardom. Like Aretha Franklin has also been doing, and I am sure
Gladys Knight is doing similar music in her live shows, they are reaching back to
their roots and finally getting to sing what THEY want to sing and maybe
wanted to sing all along.
When an artist signs with a major record label, the label generally assigns
one or more of their in house producers & or A&R directors to basically dictate
to the artist what and how they will record for that label, often even with
producing the artist own original compositions. Sometimes the artist song in
finished format sounds very distant from what they wrote or intended for it to
sound like, but rather the way the Producers hears it.
I am personally very happy to see artist of Chaka's caliber record OKOM to
expand the audience even further, and she is expanding it backwards to the
thirty to forty something set where she has a very strong built in audience
receptive enough to accept that she is a major artist and will bring them a great
performance and music no matter what she decides to sing. She of course will
continue to give them her Hits as well.
Ever heard Patti Labell sing Over the Rainbow? it will run chills up and
down your spine.
We all need to look further outside the BOX constantly to see and make
changes that will progress OKOM not just keep it the same old same old forever so
that it is like eating oatmeal for breakfast every day of your life. Boring.
I have five CDs on my machine right now of New Orleans Brass Bands and I have
been listening to the same songs played differently by each band, because of
this I can play those five CDs all day long while I work and never get tired
of hearing them. Each soloist and band brings their own style and
interpretation to the song, all improvisation and great Jazz as it was meant to be played
by the guys who invented it.
Surprisingly enough the one Brass Band CD that gets a bit boring in spots is
one by a prominent Professor of Jazz in New Orleans who went Artsy after he
got his Ph.D. and tacked it onto his name. Took his music to total Academic
approach and lost the fire in the Belly and loose Jazzy Swinging feel.
The difference in many Jazz bands is that some great technicians play precise
written arrangements, but they simply do not swing for the common music
listener who has no idea how to approach understanding it or appreciating it for
what it is.
It is very difficult in my opinion to write Swing and feel into notes on a
paper, what makes the music swing is the feel from within that the musician puts
into it in a live situation.
There are quite a few Ghost Bands playing dates with former legendary players
charts etc., but for my ears having heard many of the former Legends and
their bands live, the ghost bands just do not have "IT" whatever that IT MAGIC
was which may have been more personality and fan adoration than anything else,
or perhaps that Legendary Solo Artist simply had the IT in their soul and
portrayed it to the audience in a personal interpretation of communication.
Furthermore, those artists were getting all the major radio airplay and
promotion and hype in their day just like the younger groups are getting to day in
POP music so the momentum no doubt created Star status for them as well as the
excellence of their music, and attracted more and more paying customers to
see hear them and buy their recordings not to mention DANCE to their music.
Perhaps some of us will be fortunate enough to live long enough to see that
the Circle is Unbroken.
Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band
Trying very hard to KEEP IT REAL JAZZ
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