The Many Faces Of Jazz, From HousTone Records, Release Date May 12, 2016

The Many Faces Of Jazz: Timeless Classics, Vol. VIII has 30 songs representing a wide range of jazz styles that highlight the popularity of today’s jazz music. New artists perform old favorites – and slip in a couple originals, as well.

The collection will release on May 12, but pre-orders begin on May 5. Customers who pre-order will be able to download an instant gratification track immediately, and the rest of the album will download automatically into their iTunes player on May 12. Ordering information can be found at
Jazz originated in New Orleans in the early 1900s and is characterized by strong, prominent meter; improvisation; distinctive tones; performance techniques; and dotted or syncopated rhythmic patterns. Purists will reject anything that doesn’t fit this description.

But in the past century, jazz has grown beyond its bayou origins. Many artists who have roots in jazz, usually through their school band, have gone on to become top rock, pop, and R & B stars whose jazz influences can be heard in the music they record. It works the other way, too — every style of music can be interpreted and performed as jazz.

Popular radio programs in the 1980s like “Quiet Storm,” “Smooth Jazz,” “All That Jazz” and others helped spread the appeal and re-branded jazz to reach a broader audience to change how jazz is perceived today. This undertaking continues with the release of The Many Faces Of Jazz: Timeless Classics, Vol. VIII.

Today, the common classification of jazz is songs with 60-75 percent instrumental and 25-40 percent vocals. The CD has smooth jazz, down tempo jazz, rock jazz, vintage, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, big band, jazz fusion, world beat jazz, classical jazz, ragtime, acid jazz, avant-garde, contemporary, Dixieland, gospel jazz and jazz rap. The Many Faces Of Jazz: Timeless Classics, Vol. VIII has something for all jazz music lovers to enjoy.

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