Ever since bebop drove a wedge between jazz and its audience, musicians have been tempted to heal the damage. Be it honkers in the '50s, soul jazz in the '60s, or fusion in the '70s, jazz purists have always denounced these efforts as sellouts. Sorting through new releases, I wondered whether today's more popular jazz might be the successor of soul jazz, allowing for the evolution from Otis Redding and Al Green to Babyface and D'Angelo. The most appealing albums were the most r&b: Luther Vandross... More >>>
By photo: Charlie Pizzarello
Luther Vandross guitarist Doc Powell: r&b can be Crossover Jazz, too.