I have always said that a musician must listen to every style of music, of course, there will be music we naturally gravitate towards and other music we tend to avoid. But I think it’s important to give everything a fair go. I think this is a needed thing for the one and only reason of expanding our musical ears.
Being open to all sorts of music will give you the chance to recognize, play and use different musical ideas or resources when you need them.
I have always admired musicians that are able to play any music style and Jason Lindner is one of a kind.
Jason Lindner is a pianist from Brooklyn, New York who has been considered one of the greatest piano players in fusion since the mid 90s.
Jason started playing Jazz when he was 15 but was influenced by many musicians from different fields such as Claudia Acuña, Meshell Ndegocello, Dafnis Prieto, Avishai Cohen and the HipHop Queen, Lauryn Hill, just to name a few.
What I love about Lindner’s music is that you can hear many styles in his music. It can be a modal or a latin jazz, as well as a R&B or Hip-Hop track. He has definitely being influenced by many different music styles from all over the world and the best thing is that he shows that, not because he wants to but because he feels it.
Please, listen to this magical Jazz piece called “Friendship and Love (aka Pretty Three)” where you will hear his softer side:
And of course, something a bit more complex, yet beautiful, full of latin jazz flavor, this track in parts remind me of some 90’s electronic music… It is a big mix of Lindner’s influences I would say:
What do you think about his playing? If you like it, feel free to stream his full album called “Now vs. Now” here.
I hope you dig it!