‘Trumpetiste’ Tiffany Goode’s album ‘1217’ deftly mixes jazz, funk and R&B

Hampton University alumna soars with new jazz album
'Trumpetiste' Tiffany Goode's album '1217' deftly mixes jazz, funk and R&B
Jazz “trumpetiste” Tiffany Goode (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Goode)

Amid this volatile sociopolitical era, folks are searching for programming and platforms that provide a veritable spa for the mind and soul.  

“Trumpetiste” Tiffany Goode’s jazz album 1217 is the antidote you’re looking for. The album offers a comforting respite from the external noise of everyday life while simultaneously replenishing and rejuvenating the spirit. Goode’s sophomore rendering is the elixir for what may ail you mentally as the album bathes the mind and massages the soul through cuts like “333 Dreams,” “Get on My Level” and “Funk Strut.”

The album’s name was inspired by Goode’s birthday and features a potpourri of musical influences.

I’m very much so into kind of numbers and things like that. So my birthday is very special to me,” said Goode, who is also an ethnomusicologist, TV and film score composer, producer and actress.

So with this project, I went into a lot of my influences musically from house, ATL old school, some funk music, and I was heavily influenced by Joi [Gilliam],” added the Hampton University music grad. 

With each song amounting to a chapter within a book of her life, Goode unveils some sonic treats that make for a vibrant musical cocktail that can satisfy the palate of a diverse music fan base.

The “Get on My Level” track is a whole mood as the tune pops with attitude, energy, swag and sexiness.

“Let me just say that my son loves this song. That’s when you know,” she exclaimed. “When the youth are saying ‘that’s popping,’ that’s when you say OK, I’m onto something.’ “

Goode says the song gives off a kind of funk and rock type of vibe interspersed with sensuality.

“It’s about a woman who is not afraid to be very feminine and sexy,” she said. “I also like to create visuals with my music. I want people to see certain things. So when I hear the song I actually think of a kind of grimy club where people are dancing and all of that, and you might see just a nice, great sexiness thing happening.” 

Another single, “Funk Strut” is an ode to the blaxploitation era of the 1970s era when musical pillars Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes reigned with astonishing movie scores.

“It is such a groove, It’s such a beautiful thing,” Goode said. “When I was listening to [their music], I was like ‘oh, man, I’m going straight for the blaxploitation feel.’ ”

The “333 Dreams,” on the other hand, is the equivalent of a healing balm for the brain because of the soothing rhythm, and nostalgically whisked Goode back to those memorable skating parties from her youth.

“This particular one reminds me of a skating party at Cascade [Family Skating rink]. And it is more like some awakening in the morning with that montage feel. It’s like someone awakening from a dream and going into maybe like a little skate night,” she said.

The 1217 album is available via streaming services or @LifesGoode on Instagram.

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