Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. Herbie Hancock. Miles Davis. Duke Ellington. Thelonious Monk. Fats Waller. Chick Corea. The jazz legends.
If you aren't familiar with that last one, Chick was a pianist who explored different musical styles and worked with Miles Davis, drawing inspiration from bebop and Latin to place him in history as the major jazz pianists of the post-Coltrane era. He's what they call "the father of electric fusion."
Someone once said jazz is life's greatest gift. Fun found within surprise. Expressing the inexpressible. Raw self-expression.
Today's fun found within surprise in my opinion is jazz-inspired hip-hop. And look no further then to the head of the musical producers tribe - Chief.
Better know for his collaborative work with various rappers like Blu, Co$$ and Sense, Swiss producer Chief has been creating slow beats that are heavily jazz-influenced, a sort of lounge-based instrumental rhythm that bewitches you like a beautiful woman in red since the early 2000's.
Chief lets the music do all the talking, mixing classical beatmaking with jazz undertones that taste like a rye whisky. His real gem is this unofficial tribute featured here, A Tribute to Chick Corea. A collection of 10 Chick Corea songs reworked into some legendary beatmaking that's all about jazz. Let it wash over you with its repetitve samples, hypnotizing piano motifs, heavy-hitting claps - what he aptly titled in his new album 'drones beats and electric waves'.
Jazz is a gift to the world, a feeling, a mental attitude. Bix Beiderbecke once said "One thing I like about jazz, kid, is that I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?"
One thing I like about beatmaking like this is I have no idea what the next track is going to sound like. Will it be simple or complex? Will it use heavy drum and bass? Lots of scratching? Short or long? Repetitive or improvisational?