Mood Swings: Blues, Soul, and Gospel Jazz
Written by DJ Ekonomiks on November 19, 2015
This week on Mood Swings, I explore the sweet sound of southern gospel and blues. Originally a combination of African drums and Christian hymns, gospel and blues music became an extremely unique sound in America. Other soul singers like Smokey Robinson wrote standards that would be passed down for generations. As blues rapidly evolved into jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald paved the way for gospel and soul music’s rise to popularity in the. Though the genre found it’s roots in church music – and many prominent artists started playing in the church – the style has diversified in every direction. Motown, funk, blues, and now hip hop have gospel influence.
Snarky Puppy is playing at the Roseland Theater this Saturday! This group hails from Texas and their track “Something” (feat. Lalah Hathaway) on the album We Like it Here is truly amazing.