The Rough Side of Smooth Jazz

by Poppa Steve

Released 2010
Dry Heat Records
Released 2010
Dry Heat Records
This CD is Rockin' Jazz ... a groove based on early rock, R&B, blues and pop all wrapped up in contemporary fusion jazz. A very unique retro yet contemporary sound appealing to mature rockers and boomers.
Some time ago the jazz pundits equated wine with smooth jazz, forsaking the long-standing martini with sophisticated jazz
and whiskey with rougher jazz. Poppa Steve comes from rock, R&B and blues and feels smooth jazz has become as genteel as fine wine. That’s why his music has the kick of some good old Jack Daniels to go along with his version of smooth jazz. No wonder people have come to call his music …
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I call my music "Americana Funk", a retro salute to the early days when music was created here and not imported from Europe. This music has evolved into what we know today as Rock & Roll, R&B, Country, Jazz, Soul, Folk and Blues. I go back to those beginnings for solos and riffs and wrap it all up in contemporary Jazz for cool modern sounds with a touch of nostalgia to them. I draw on my experience as a drummer and bandleader (1958 - 1972), producer (1970 - 2000), and digital music composer and music arranger (2005 - present). I put everything I know and love into this music and sincerely hope you enjoy the groove. Poppa Steve

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