With the 30th anniversary of Top Gun‘s release occurring this week, a more fitting guest could not have been found to sit down with Brigitte Quinn during her latest edition of 22 Minutes: Kenny Loggins.
Loggins contributed “Danger Zone” to the film’s dynamite soundtrack, along with “Playing With The Boys.” Loggins’ music — along with other musicians like Michael McDonald, Toto, and Hall & Oates — have had their infusion of soft rock and smooth jazz dubbed “Yacht rock.”
“It’s that term that started on the internet,” Loggins begins. “It’s a term that embraces the period of pop music where we sort of channeled into a kind of smooth jazz kind of thing.”
The inclusion of smooth jazz into Loggins’ music began on his debut solo album Celebrate Me Home where he was guided by keyboardist Bob James. James was at the forefront of the conception of smooth jazz and would later found one of the genre’s widely-known and popular groups, Fourplay.
“The music sort of evolved… we were moving into that area,” says Loggins. “It was a fun ride. It’s kind of coming back into the window a little bit.”
Watch Loggins talk more about Yacht rock with Brigitte Quinn above and watch the full interview here.