Friday, September 12, 2008

Now's the Time: Tower of Power

What a weekend for fans of the commercial side of jazz! Trumpeter Chris Botti combines forces with the Kansas City Symphony tonight. Norman Brown's Summer Storm tour, featuring Alex Bugnon, Chante Moore and Paul Taylor stops at the Midland on Saturday. That same night, Tower of Power brings the funk to Ameristar. Go ahead and laugh at the gruesome visuals in the accompanying video. But the music is impeccable. What is hip, indeed.


Anonymous said...

I like how you put that..."commercial jazz"...that's a great name for it.

I've heard it called many other things (most not complimentary - ha)...but "commercial" is perfect.

Thanks for the blog...great stuff.

Happy In Bag said...

Believe it or not, Anon, I've been known to listen to "commercial jazz" for pleasure. I genuinely enjoy Norman Brown, Tower of Power, Weather Report, Grover Washington, Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Pieces of a Dream, Earl Klugh, Fourplay and the like.

That said, I think I'm going to play some Monk right now...