Jazz

Ibrahim Maalouf: Top 10 Songs

Ibrahim Maalouf is a Lebanese musician based in Paris, born and raised in a musical family, his dad played the trumpet and his mom was a pianist. Maalouf was a pioneer in jazz fusion, if you can name it that, making one haunting album after the other. His accomplishments were honoured recently at the 29th annual Victoires de la Musique ceremony, France's top music awards, with the Best World Music Album of the Year for his latest endeavor "Illusions". If you're not familiar with this national treasure, we suggest you give the below gems a listen to get acquainted with probably the best thing to come out of Lebanon since Phoenician ships....

Learn the Ways of the Cool: How to Love Jazz in 10 Easy Albums

If you’re not very familiar with jazz music I can understand the overwhelming intimidation you might get from the idea of delving deeper into its realms. Structurally, jazz is more complex than the average radio pop anthem because of its improvised nature of multiple melodies and rhythms all working together. Complex time signatures, complex syncopation, complex accents, and seemingly random scales make jazz not the easiest form of music to ‘actively’ listen to, let alone play. I say actively because we all know the stereotypical misconception that jazz is elevator music. Each note counts, yet you find so many of them. Don’t panic. Be patient, it will start to sound more relevant with each listen. But where to start?...

Dhafer Youssef: Top 10 Songs

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); "Dhafer Youssef is a composer, singer and oud player. He developed an interest in jazz at an early...

Tom Waits: Top 15 Songs

// I discovered Tom waits accidentally when I was going through my brother's friends' external hard disk, and it was love at first listen. His voice...