There’s nothing like crossing cultures to push artistic boundaries and to help you experience something different and unique. Japan has long been a creator of some of the world’s finest jazz and has many wonderful experimental jazz artists, whose work spans the entire spectrum of jazz! Listen to Japanese jazz and hear what’s possible in this as yet barely tapped musical genre!
My Swedish friend Marcus recently introduced me to some Swedish Jazz and the music of pianist Jan Johansson in particular. Jan combined Swedish folk music with jazz in a very unique style of composition and piano playing, which I find very refreshing ! Jan’s music has great power and transcends many of the traditional boundaries of jazz ! Fans of the likes of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk will enjoy Jan’s unique approach to jazz !
There was only one John Coltrane and no one played like him. Even today people are still being inspired by Coltrane’s genius !
Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) was a one of a kind ! A self taught blind Avant Garde / Experimentalist / Jazz composer and musician who performed on the streets of New York and influenced musicians like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. If you want weird and unusual but interesting, melodic and engaging; look no further than the legendary Moondog.
Phish is an interesting American rock band who started in 1983, who specialise in improvisation and extended jams. Anyone who likes bands like The Grateful Dead, Rush, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Uriah Heap, John Lawton Band and similar bands of that era, will find their blend of psychedelic rock, experimentation, fusion, funk and Zappa-ish like extended melodies, very rewarding.
Enjoy ! 😉
And listen to this from tribute band Jazz is Phish.