The new single by Ari Joshua, “Let’s Do It Right Now,” immerses listeners in an experimental jazz experience that skillfully combines classical and alternative jazz influences. The song’s mix is meticulously crafted, enveloping the audience in a warm sonic landscape that evokes nostalgia with its distinct crackle reminiscent of tape recorders. The stereo field is expertly utilized, providing a spacious and immersive listening experience where the instruments find their own sonic space.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the song and the emotions that the artist was hoping to convey through the song, Ari Joshua explained to IMF, “(The track) was a tribute to the late great Elvin Jones. I asked him if I could take a photo with him, and he was like, “Let’s do it right now!” His eyes lit up, and he was so expressive and in the moment. He was a big force of nature, and it was amazing to meet such a figure in musical history. Perhaps the greatest of all times.“
Immerse Yourself in Ari Joshua’s Sonic Tapestry: Let’s Do It Right Now
The production exhibits a tasteful use of subtle tube compressions, adding a touch of warmth and character to the instruments. The dynamic range is well-maintained, allowing the instruments to breathe and shine individually while contributing to the cohesive whole. The song’s mix strikes a delicate balance between preserving the authenticity of each instrument’s sound and blending them together harmoniously.
The instrumental songwriting in “Let’s Do It Right Now” is a testament to Ari Joshua’s musical prowess. The keys, guitars, and horns intertwine seamlessly, creating a tapestry of melodies that captivate the listener’s attention. The bass provides a solid foundation, anchoring the composition with its rich and groovy lines. The drum beats are tastefully groovy, propelling the song forward with infectious energy.
In conversation with Ari Joshua
How did the collaboration with Billy Martin, Jason Fraticelli, and John Medeski come about for the song “Let’s Do It Right Now”? What was the creative process like working with them?
The process was a complete gift. There was a lot of effortless music going on. I wish every day was like those days. If I had a groundhog’s day, that may be it.
“Let’s Do It Right Now” has a catchy and energetic vibe. How did you go about capturing that energy in the recording studio? Were there any particular techniques or approaches you used to bring out the song’s liveliness?
Those guys are so magical, you know. They showed me my own magic, and we just shared the moments. They are really in the moment and masters of “keeping it fresh.” It was like tuning in to a radio station and just letting it happen. There are no overdubs, just effects. I wanted to put my artistic stamp on the music, and I have all these ideas for that. John Medeski and Billy Martin are the best at just following the many gifts that keep coming in the moment!
What were some of the key elements or musical influences that shaped the sound and style of “Let’s Do It Right Now”? Were there any specific artists or genres that inspired you?
I used a McCoy Tyner-style vamp figure on the guitar, a voicing I learned from Peter Kenegy in 10th grade and never forgot. The melody was a little bit inspired by John Coltrane. I can imagine young cats playing this song as a standard at a jam session. It has vibes reminiscent of Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff Watts, and Roy Hargrove. I used to see those guys hanging and playing late nights on the scene. Such a deep well of inspiration.
A Journey Through Experimental Jazz
In an offbeat and indie jazz music scene, Ari Joshua’s unique sound would find a comfortable home. It is reminiscent of the unconventional and imaginative soundtracks of ’80s sci-fi movies like “Videodrome” and “Repo Man.” The song’s experimental nature and fusion of genres would complement the quirky narratives of these films, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that captures one’s imagination.
For beginners who are interested in expanding their sonic palette and exploring experimental jazz music, what tips or advice would you give them?
Are there any specific techniques, resources, or approaches that you found helpful in your own journey within this genre?
Take lessons, find a teacher! We can teach all levels and ages at http://www.musicfactorynw.com, but there are mentors and teachers everywhere. Follow your passions and let yourself be guided by the light that current
As far as being experimental, just accept where you are and accept that you have something beautiful to offer. Try to gather all the skills you feel you need to express the feelings you get from the masters, and then just be yourself, use your experiments to discover who you are and where you are in the moment. There is always room and time to get further up the mountain, but enjoy where you are at.
Everything that is created begins in the mind, a wave cannot separate itself… bucket of water poured into a pool – affects every other particle of water within the pool, whether it knows it or not… find your place in the wave and you can attach to the whole ocean!
What lies next for Ari Joshua?
As a musician, your fans are always excited to know what you have in store next. Can you give us a glimpse into what they can expect from you in the near future? Are there any upcoming projects or collaborations that you’re particularly excited about?
Next up is more original music from all the recent sessions and a handful of compositions from the past going back as far as 20 years. I am also planning to travel east this month and make some more music. There is too much to mention here but go to my website www.arijoshua.com for more news.
In conclusion, “Let’s Do It Right Now” showcases Ari Joshua’s talent as a musician and his ability to push boundaries within the jazz genre. It is a captivating and adventurous piece of music that rewards repeated listens, revealing new layers of complexity with each play. This single exemplifies Joshua’s dedication to his craft and his commitment to creating innovative and engaging music.