When you hear the word ‘Jazz’, you tend to think of smokey, underground clubs in prohibition era America. You imagine middle-aged virtuosos belting out improvised sets on brass instruments and sultry singers scatting along to the whiskey soaked tunes while the audience reclines in comfortable leather chairs. But, the truth is, that was only the beginning.
Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown and more have all pointed to Jazz as one of their earliest and ultimate inspirations. Even in Hip Hop and Rap the Jazz influence is prominent, turning up in freestyle and countless numbers of old classics being sampled and reinterpreted for a modern audience.
What has remained constant is that jazz and its offsprings are typified by positive, chilled vibes.
Here are five modern songs you have probably never associated with jazz before that found their mojo by sampling classic Jazz tracks and reinventing them. So, sit back, kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy as we bring jazz into the 21st Century.
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We Got)
A Tribe Called Quest – one of the most popular hip hop crews. Inspired Jazz (We’ve Got) Buggin ‘Out by shots of Eli “Lucky” Thomson, a contemporary of John Coltrane – this is their love letter to the Jazz.
Jay Z – New Day
Jay Z – one of the most famous rapper and producer brings his interpretation of this timeless classic to jazz and blues singer Nina Simone, back into the spotlight. Distinctive features include the song underlying jazz tones that have the genre breathed a new life.
Lauren Hill & Carlos Santana’s – To Zion
Lauren Hill – it could even be considered as legend from the old jazz days. In the song “To Zion” it closes for a reinterpretation of the song “Ode to Billie Joe” jazz legend Lou Donaldson, with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana together
Ludacris – The Number One Spot
Ludacris is one of the most renowned rap artists of modern times. His unique lyrics and take on the genre have brought rap to a diverse audience. Never was this more apparent than when he turned to Jazz producing legend Quincy Jones to sample ‘Soul Bossa Nova’ for his hit ‘The Number One Spot’
US3 – Cantaloop
US3 – the English band has dedicated the song “Cantaloupe Iceland” from Herbie Hancock to compose their song “cantaloop”. In many clubs and cafes cantaloop runs today as background music.
Whether you have been aware of it or not, the chances are good that you’re inside a deep jazz fan.