Jazz-Philosophy Fusion: Gods and Titans

Jazz-Philosophy Fusion (JazzPhi) mixes Jazz with Philosophy. We want to know what you think of these 8 new songs - so have a listen, then click on the survey for each one. The best 50 answers will receive a free CD of the first JazzPhi album (recorded in 2016 with a different band) if you leave your email address to enter the competition.

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Jazz-Philosophy Fusion Project

Jazz-Philosophy fusion (or JazzPhi) is a whole new subgenre of jazz created by James Tartaglia, Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Keele University.  This is the world's first JazzPhi version of a philosophy book - James Tartaglia's new book, Philosophy in a Technological World: Gods and Titans, to be published in 2020 by Bloomsbury.  The 8 songs correspond to the 8 chapters of the book and have the same titles.

James Tartaglia book cover for Gods and Titans JazzPhi (pronounced Jazz-Fye) is a fusion of jazz music and philosophy, and on this album Tartaglia sings in the 'vocalese' style first developed by Eddie Jefferson, which involves putting words to classic improvised jazz solos. In this case, they are all saxophone solos, inspired by Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz and others.  These tracks weave together expert musicianship and thought-provoking lyrics to tell the story of how we need philosophy in a world where ceaseless technological growth changes our lives in ways we may not like if we do not reflect upon it.  We want to record the effect which each track has had on its listeners and their thoughts and understanding of the topics explored in the songs.

What do you think? What does the music make you think? The JazzPhi project is collecting the reactions of listeners from around the world. Add your ideas to the project now.

  • James Tartaglia: Vocals and Alto Sax
  • Andy Bowie: Tenor Sax
  • Steve Tromans: Piano
  • Mike Green: Bass
  • Tymek Jozwiak: Drums

Recorded by Olly Sansom at Sansom Studios, Birmingham UK, on 25 November and 9 December, 2019.
Cover artwork: detail from 'Space Time' by Santiago Ribeiro.

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