A couple of weeks ago, I chatted with my man Tom from YouKnowIGotSoul.com about just what defines the R&B genre.
In my humble opinion, modern R&B is an amalgamation of various types of music. Hip hop is obvious, but pop, rock, disco and funk also make up the essence of R&B in 2013.
And, of course, you can’t overlook jazz, which has been a staple for generations. Just ask Jef Kearns.
Kearns is flautist who performs in the R&B genre and is strongly influenced by Detroit radio he grew up listening to in the late 80s and 90s. Ah, the golden years. What results is a smooth, polished sound that appeals to both jazz and R&B fans.
On the heels of his debut, On The Level, Kearns is gearing up for his next release, Soulfisticated. One of the standouts is “Saturday’s End,” featuring Divine Brown and Slakah the Beatchild. Kearns’ flute simply glides across the track, creating a warm, soothing atmosphere. It’s an authentic, fresh sound that brings modern R&B back to its roots.
Check out “Saturday’s End” below. Kearns has mastered the building blocks of R&B.
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