King Curtis was an American saxophonist, who played not only jazz, but R&B, rock n’ roll, and funk as well. His style was powerful and poignant, allowing moments to fully expand and develop. Unfortunately Curtis died young, murdered at the age of 37. In this installment of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what the life and legacy of King Curtis can teach us today.
Cannonball Adderely is known for popularizing Hard Bop and bringing a sense of joy and jubilation, a sense of church into the art form. He mixed funk and rock into jazz in the 70’s. For him, music wasn’t a commodity, it is timeless and allows us all to transcend into the greater whole of existence.