In the unlikely event you are yet unfamiliar with the genre of music that has come to be known as, ‘Nu Jazz,” you have certainly come to the right place! Inadvertently created in the 1970’s by some Jazz veterans, including the likes of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Nu Jazz is an example of what happens when artists dare to take risks being different.
The Hip-Hop Connection
What began as an attempt to infuse Jazz melodies with Electro and Hip-Hop rhythms quickly sprawled into a genre all its own. From the moment Nu Jazz hit the scene, Hip Hop artists pined for a piece of it. Beginning in the late 1980’s artists such as Nas, Tribe Called Quest, and the Roots each incorporated Nu Jazz into their music and the rest is truly history.
By the 1990’s to early 2000’s, downtempo made its way into the world of Nu Jazz, as well. Well known composers of the genre, St Germain and DJ Takemura, for example, seemed to dive head first into the genre and haven’t looked back since. This development gave way to a plethora of other artists and accompanying genres to make their way into the mix.
Present Day Nu Jazz
In the present day of music, almost anything goes. Elements of Jazz are found in many genres, including Rap, R&B, Dubstep, even some Rock music. The days in which Jazz music was thought to only be enjoyed by the “mature” crowd are officially behind us, and the genre is finding its way into the hearts of people from all walks of life.
Furthermore, artists such as Taliferro’s own Ty Showers and Rented Mule are currently taking their positions at the forefront of this movement as they are gifted with the ability to produce tracks that are effortlessly classic, and exciting and contemporary, simultaneously. Whether you think you’re a Jazz fan yet or not, do yourself a favor and Google Nu Jazz…but start with Taliferro music.