• Jazzing Up the Indie, Smoothing Out the Rock

    7 Aug 2010, 21:09 by nowyoucanlaugh

    Songs and images here: http://malleusincus.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/jazzing-up-the-indie-smoothing-out-the-rock/

    It has come to my attention that some people may find 1400+ word posts a little hard to get through. I’d be very glad to receive some feedback on that point in the comments, but for the time being I’ll assume that there is some legitimacy to the claim. As a result, this post is going to be my attempt at a speed post: I’ll brief the general idea and each artist, but leave it up to you to listen to the individual songs, and try to be a little more succinct with my writing.

    That said, jazz and indie are two genres that are not commonly fused. Sure, lots of indie/ alt rock artists have jazz influences, but few artists have continued in the legacy of 70s Jazz Fusion like Return to Forever of King Crimson, fusing jazz rhythms and improvisation with rock instrumentation (and vocals). However, a few artists have begun to fill this niche in the last decade, replacing the progressive rock roots with indie qualities…