Jazz music has one of the richest histories of any genre of music, yet it never really seems to get the credit it deserves in any sort of mainstream style media. Nor has it really ever gotten so much recognition since the heyday of the greats like John Coltrane or Miles Davis just to name a few of the more noticeable names.
However the genre has fully been in force amongst those who really appreciate its great range of melodies and different ways that it is able to make its way into the better known world through samples or jazz inspired guitar riffs or the occasional rock band that also employs a horn player of some sort.
But jazz perhaps was never really meant for the mainstream. It is not something that one can just easily plug into and then tune out of. Jazz demands the true listener’s attention and it is for this reason that it is relegated to those listeners who have the patience and the wherewithal to really get into it.
One of the new jazz greats on the scene these days is the New York based drummer and composer Jon Sheckler who has just released his latest record Cityscapes which is a sprawling record full of compositions that remind one why jazz has such a permanent place in the world of music.
The opening track on Cityscapes, “Right Side Up” is full of melodic grooves and vibes that recall the past masters of jazz as well as seeing Sheckler attempting to break new ground by his sound which is at once irresistible. It grabs the listener and moves them for the very first notes, and laments that this will be a ride that is well worth the small price of the ticket, which is only your time. On the following track, “Cold Reading” the listener is immersed slowly and one, if they listen closely, can hear the slight tonal shifts as the song makes its way along, like a paper boat on the water, dipping up and down at whim. Later on, the title track, which is long and awe inspiring in its patience, the listener is treated to a mélange of sounds, and really gets a feel for the timing and sheer energy that jazz compositions reveal with their slight bits of quiet registering faintly and then picking up again to build into another mood.
Whether you are a jazz aficionado or just starting to dip your toes into the water of this wonderful and wide reaching genre, Cityscapes offers you the chance to hear some truly original compositions and also acts as a gateway to understanding the nuances which abound.
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