James Beckwith- Long Distance Is Repopularising Jazz
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Jazz purists into those who think James Beckwith is offering a one-size-fits-all pop version of the genre and those who admire his passion for repopularising the music. This video is a trailer of his album 'Long Distance' and shows that the genre is something for everybody. There are many styles of Jazz and his album prooves it!
James Beckwith is a Jazz South London instrumentalist; well a keyboard player, composer and producer, who combines piano, synthesiser, beats, melodies and samples to his mellow tunes in the 'Long Distance' album.
Long Distance instantly grabs your attention with a full sounding orchestra within seconds. Actually it's just him playing the piano first then a few seconds later a group of violinists and a cello player create an immediate impact with their eddying strings. The R&B style drums kick in and the electric guitar plays throughout. This young man holds his own whilst everyone else is focusing on their part.
'Things We Do' is the interlude to this album. Maybe I should of written about this song first. Anyway, electronic synthesizer notes start then some seconds later the drum beats escalate more and more to elevate the dramaticness of the song.
During that an answerphone sounding message is spoken. From 27 seconds within the song, it sounds that this was deep from his heart and soul. James just added his own electro twist to it.
'Money' brings that drastic salsa dance vibes and beats. Your hips start moving then the funky orchestral sounding jazz comes in, and still has the elements of that New Flamenco sound. This is the go-too on the road song you'd play that has the flyest beats. Imagine you standing in a bar or sitting outside near the beach, the drums start and you clap to get the crowd going and everyones bodies start grooving... Think Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing With The Stars... American and Australian version). A variety of rythms and timings throughout but it all blends well together.
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