Written by Imani Wj Wright
During the early stages of my musical development/maturation, much of the music I listened to was Jazz, or heavily Jazz influenced. And it runs deep. I couldn't get away from it. From the womb, my Dad would play Miles Davis' Tutu album around me. When I was 8, my parents took me on Wayman Tisdale's Smooth Jazz Cruise. I had the opportunity to meet and watch artists like Gerald Albright, George Duke, and Jeffrey Osborne thrive in their element. That did a lot for me, it cultivated my appreciation for instrumentation, it showed me that language and communication can expand beyond words.
I'll reiterate... It runs deep. I couldn’t escape pure sounding instruments (and I never tried). If I wasn't with my Father, Grandfather, Grandmother, or Uncle experiencing Jazz, then I was my mother and aunt listening to House Music. Either way, instruments were prevalent, and on Volume 3, I wanted to show my appreciation. They're nothing but gleamingly composed pieces on this joint.
So to all the artists on SWANO's 10 [Volume 3], I'd simply like to say- Thank You.
Now, enough from me, let's enjoy the music: