Year: 2017


Jazz Musics Roots


Music is termed to be the food for soul! A companion for everyone, everywhere whatever the mood or time. Improvisation is constantly taking place in this industry also. Among the various branches of music Jazz is the one of the most difficult one to be defined in absolute manner.

The Start

Jazz music was found in the 20th century in US. This is a loud form of music which generally comprises of clashing rhythms engulfed with a striking beat which is synced with a swinging motion. The lyrics are interconnected to each other with every phrase calling and responding to the next one, thus making it a complete package of emotions and poetry.

Jazz is found in every genre of music; be it classical, spiritual, modern, folk, and contemporary or a background score. Guitars, keyboards, drum and bass are the main instruments used in the formation of this kind of music.

As jazz spread throughout the world each region and culture added their style and individuality in order to adopt it. Jazz is considered to be one of the most complex and creative form of music. It is claimed that only a true artist and someone with a deep knowledge of music can create master pieces of jazz.

Some jazz music is evergreen and still considered to be one of the most listened and enjoyed songs. The rest of the text covers some such songs which should definitely be on your song list if you crave for some soulful jazz.

Classic Jazz 

Billie Holiday is a name of fame in the world of jazz music. A singer whose art was way before time; years after her death her work have now acclaimed the spot they were made for. Her song ‘Strange Fruit’ is a listener’s delight. It was made on a bold topic in 1939. Other highly acclaimed titles by the singer include; ‘God bless the child’, ‘Autumn in New York’, ‘Fine and Mellow’ and ‘Good morning Heartache’

Johnny Hartman’s ‘Lush Life’ is another must listen song. Hartman had a voice which could flux in any form of music though he gained popularly through this duet yet in the beginning of his career he sang romantic ballets which were also well received.

Ella Fitzgerald has been an inspiration for many aspiring singers. She was someone with a rare voice, immense sense of music and the queen of improvisation. She added essence to words through her voice. Her entire collection is worth a listen but titles ‘How high the moon, “Mack the knife”, ‘summertime’, “A tisket a tasket’ and ‘bewitched, bothered and bewildered’ are among the best jazz numbers till date.

Other famous titles which are a part of the most listened and liked jazz numbers include: ‘At last by Etta James’, ‘Misty, and Lullaby of Birdland by Sarah Vaughan’, ‘Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good and my baby just cares for me’, ‘Black and Blue, you go to my head and what a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong’.

Jazz is an interesting form of music which attracts many; so charge up your song lists and enjoy listening to these soulful numbers!

Another legend gone to quick!

Whenever you talk about the Seattle sound or the grunge scene, Soundgarden is the band that quickly comes to mind. Although, we’ve seen and heard a lot over the years, however, these music legends were phenomenal in everything they did, especially with Chris Cornell as the face of the band. They became the symbol of a generation and made a great fame in rock music

During the early 90s, when Seattle dominated the rock world, these music legends sat on the throne. They shocked the world with their amazing hits and took the center stage on MTV. Ever since then, we’ve savoured every song and every show by these great talents, until the tragic demise of the band’s main man, Chris Cornell. Let’s quickly go down memory lane.

Chris and his classic line-up got their band name from an instrumental installation in their dominance city, Seattle. This installation was known as “A Sound Garden” and consisted of a organ pipes and steel towers which was basically a sculpture of steel and wind. This installation would give out various music notes whenever a wind rushed through its members; such a befitting name for a band that is well known for their grand style. No wonder, many often consign them to a time and place.

Soundgarden mainly drew their inspiration two music eras, the mainstream in the 1970s and the alternative in the 1980s. Their contemporary music often sounded the Beatles, Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. One thing that was striking about the band is their ability to perform in “rows”. They could neither settle for the alternative music which many people expected. They had a crazy transition in arenas and always stunned the crowd; something everyone misses about them. However, some of their songs still sounds mysterious just like their lifestyle. Tracks like Overfloater, Head Down, Slaves and Bulldozers are still popular for their wield lyrics that seems to be completely out of our comprehension. Maybe they belonged to another world…who knows? But it was the deep dark idiosyncratic sounds that gave Cornell and his group their enormous power.

News of Cornell’s death was shocking heartbreaking as it came when we least expected. And for the mere fact he ended his own life, the mystery of the band gets even deeper. Notwithstanding, Soundgarden took the world by surprise, and will always be remembered for their aggressive, yet specific tone. They defined their generation and no doubt produced some of the most iconic rock music. They are truly legends!