Jazz has many shapes and forms that only grow as this eccentric genre touches more cultures and musicians along the way. This wide range gives it a huge range of applications and in turn may conjure up all manner of feelings in the listener. Today many people try to find a sound that fits their current mood or the state of mind they wish to be in, Jazz is perfect for this as its many iterations give it a whole spectrum of feelings from deeply troubled to lively dance. Here are just a handful of the many styles and moods that jazz has captured over the years.
New York Nostalgia
This is something that Jazz music just can’t shake off. Thanks to the golden era of Jazz and all its associations with the Big Apple, when some people hear piano keys and brushed drums their minds immediately travel to New York City. This is where Jazz music was everywhere, clubs big and small poured with the sound, people dressed ready to move to the sound, artists depicted jazz in numerous ways off and on canvases all over the city. Even if you didn’t live during this time the use of Jazz used in media is often linking the sumptuous sounds of trumpets with New York streets time and time again, giving everyone a rose-tinted twinge no matter their age.
The sound of chilled Jazz can calm even the most agitated folk back down to earth. Smooth brass and woodwind mixed with twinkling intermittent piano somehow puts many in a very comfortable place. The style is not called lounge for no reason, this form of laid-back Jazz insists that you do just that. Today many beatmakers are sampling chunks of Jazz music create relaxing loops that help with unwinding. If you ever need a sound to mediate on while you sip a coffee on a calm day, chilled Jazz is a soft audible cushion.
Sometimes when you are feeling down you want your music to reflect your emotions by letting you wade in them instead of lifting you free, look no further than Jazz blues for some of the most sorrowful sounds out there. This area of Jazz is chock-full of sombre horns, melancholic melody and more than anything tales of sadness from the vocalists. Historically this is where the bluesmen of old came to unload the most upsetting parts of their day in song form, tales of lost love, family disasters and long harrowing lives in poverty are common here. Some you may relate to; others may make you feel better about your own abysmal situation by comparison.
One thing the that Jazz has in droves is improvisation. Sure, once recorded a record stay the same, but if you hear Jazz in person the talented folk behind the music are masters of the moment and commonly make things up on the spot. Whether live or recorded Jazz can often be bizarre, melodies become frenzied notes and rhythms change pace at the most unprecedented times. This outside-the-box feature makes it perfect for creatives to tune into, jumping aboard the fun and playful energy can help you get the best out of what you do.