On Billboard , Isaac Hayes, and the “Swinging Relationship” between Jazz and its Popular Music Cousins, 1950–1973

Authored by: John Howland

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138231160
eBook ISBN: 9781315315805
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This chapter explores genre, hybridization, and industry questions around postwar intersections of pop, R&B, and jazz. During this period, jazz both emerged as a marketing category distinct from popular music and informed numerous popular idioms through jazz-trained musicians lending their instruments and arranging to pop production. Through considerations of select albums by Isaac Hayes, who topped both Billboard’s early 1970s jazz and soul charts, this chapter focuses on cross-genre idioms in this “family” of music, the postwar roles of jazz musicians in pop production, and the elevated production sound of jazz-related textures in 1970s soul.

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