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What jazz are you listening to right now?

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Trying to decide which video of these three people to share and realizing that it really doesn't matter.

[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFeouD2IWSA[/YOUTUBE]

This video reminded me of a passage from Ted Gioia's 'How to Listen to Jazz'. He was saying that great bands can play fast, but masterful bands can play mid-tempo, hold it together, and stay in control of their sound. Not to slight your video, it's pretty cool, it just made me think of that.

I can recall hearing Tim Reynolds for the first time as a teen and being impressed:


Then I took a few guitar lessons and my teacher didn't have much trouble mimicking him. After reading Gioia's passage I now truly recognize the genius and skill of guys like Davis and Evans.
 

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I find this group of jazz musicians remarkably pleasant to listen to.

[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRIk__zpYFY&list=RDQRIk__zpYFY&start_radio=1[/YOUTUBE]

Nice vocals, at first I was trying to figure out if she was french or spanish, turns out spanish.
 

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Andrea Motis singing Solitude. I believe she's 14 years old in this video. Her vocals, her style, her timing seems impeccable. Of course, the other musicians can't be overlooked for helping her do it, and Joan Chamorro is a remarkable guide for all these kids he's taken under his wing. A teriffic story. Enjoy!


 

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Thanks for posting, I've been listening to her for most of the day. Even raised my wife's eyebrows.
 

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Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson (w/ Joe Pass, guitar) playing Django Reinhardt's Nuages:

[youtube]f9bC2iWlFOA[/youtube]
 

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Nothing like a little Benny Goodman to lighten the mood. Apologies, I don't post anything interesting, I just top the thread in hopes for better material.
 

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Literally, what I was listening to right when I read your post:

[youtube]2IA_lUWwQsQ[/youtube]

Note: Not all Sun Ra is as easy to listen to; he's very varied as a musician.

Now getting ready to listen to your Benny Goodman.

...

Back after listening. Very tasty. I'm mostly used to BG with a bigger band.
 

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I am musically ignorant. Perhaps that is the reason that most jazz, to me, sounds like random noise. There are lots of musical styles I do not prefer to hear... but I get it... don't always like it, but they are.... musical... for lack of a descent vocabulary on the subject. Jazz, on the other hand, does not seem (to me) to be anywhere near that category of sound that one might stretch to call "music". The Star Trek Red Alert sound is more "musical", to me.

I am not saying people are dumb for liking Jazz... it has a following and whatever... Maybe I'm dumb for NOT liking Jazz... but I still say it stands alone as "not just music I don't particularly like - it just ain't even music".

It's like this to me... lets call the following sentence "a song":

"The Cellar Door is Ajar"

I like that... sounds nice.

another may be:

"Rat's face under mops"

I don't like that. Does not sound nice...

now Jazz is more like:

"Colir pwoop iddya storp~ !digad"

It's not even made up of words
 

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This isn't quite jazz, but what is jazz anyway? Let's temporarily re-phrase the thread title to 'the music appreciators thread'.

Here's a playlist I made on Spotify of the instrumental albums released by Andrew Bird:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7dPctjGxzIYTSkCjHNLMce?si=n_s1v9d6QkKIapIX_UFdXg

I became a fan of his many years ago, but lately have been getting back into him, and it's only now that I'm appreciating just how talented he really is. He's a multi-instrumentalist, but moreover a classical violinist of a kind of contemporary, unique style.

Not quite the jazz vibe going on, but I thought some would be able to appreciate it.
 

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I'd also add that 'instrumental' is a bit of a stretch for some of the playlist, but some of his albums are difficult to categorize.
 

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[YOUTUBE]eWNj3L858xI[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]xkkIinutG3A[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]VpH1Ayrof9o[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]5WojNaU4-kI[/YOUTUBE]
 

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Cannonball Adderley, Autumn Leaves, from Album "Somethin' Else".

Sidemen: Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey

[youtube]u37RF5xKNq8[/youtube]
 

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I’ve been listening to the (contemporary) Brad Mehldau trio recently. He’s been mentioned once or twice in the various jazz and piano threads, but I thought I’d post a link (Vimeo).

And I Love Her

He’s obviously influenced by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, but he’s his own man for sure. Speaking of Bill Evans, while he can seem somewhat abstract and cold, as has been mentioned (on the Piano Jazz thread?), I’ve been listening to him recently as well. This one may be, IIRC, the very first commercially released double tracked cut. I think it’s gorgeous (“Spartacus” Love Theme):

[youtube]NHKCUHESQTc[/youtube]
 

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Not Exactly a Music Recording

This article from the New Yorker records beautiful images of some of the great jazz artists at work. I thought it would add a touch of counterpoint to the music that makes up this thread.
 

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Django Reinhardt: Brazil From the 1950s when Django was using an electric pick-up.

[youtube]26UASuev6mI[/youtube]
 

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I’ve been uploading CDs, and came across the recital by the Cedar Valley Community College lab band, from 2002. This cut features my son, Tharmas Jr. playing a lengthy guitar lead (1:19 – 3:40). I wish he’d stuck with jazz, but he’s spent the last ten or twelve years trying to make it as a singer-songwriter in Austin:

Don’t know the name of the piece
 

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Had this album for awhile but just getting into it, nice jam.

[YOUTUBE]UtpuopSMdYg[/YOUTUBE]
 

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This is a sweet 1944 10 minute race movie that was a "short subject" (back when movie shows had multiple components - cartoons, newsreels, etc). I was told that the guitarist was a white guy, and they weren't happy showing a white guy playing with black musicians, so they dyed his hands in grape juice and only showed his hands in close ups.

[youtube]88PwJX5gyxU[/youtube]
 

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This pair released a record and live album recently which I've been into -

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tMwcpOgaic[/youtube]
 

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These guys. Can't even call it fusion; they took the best of rock, jazz, blues and whatever else was lying around, and made amazing art.
Rip Walter Becker.



Me... about to pick up the black guitar on the right; my first new one in almost 40 years.
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Interesting inlay...

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This pair released a record and live album recently which I've been into -

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tMwcpOgaic[/youtube]

Here's another:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9BItWR-BAY[/youtube]

Unreal live performance.
 

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My son turned me on to the fact that Django Reinhardt spent some time touring with Duke Ellington in the 1940s, so I've been poking around the internet looking for example cuts. Here's a blues riff they recorded live.

[youtube]Yz7I01zrbbY[/youtube]
 

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I decided to turn on my record player this morning after a long hiatus. Turns out I bought this Ahmad Jamal record at some point in the past 5 or so years:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xZ2kbl4BW4[/youtube]
 

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I decided to turn on my record player this morning after a long hiatus. Turns out I bought this Ahmad Jamal record at some point in the past 5 or so years:
I looked him up. Jeez he's 89 years old and as far as I can tell, still touring. Last album release 2019.
 

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I decided to turn on my record player this morning after a long hiatus. Turns out I bought this Ahmad Jamal record at some point in the past 5 or so years:
I looked him up. Jeez he's 89 years old and as far as I can tell, still touring. Last album release 2019.

Yep. I didn't realize he'd released something last year, though. I was into Marseille from 2017 for a while, it's a very good album.

Here's a spoken word collaboration he did on that record with a popular French artist, I believe from Marseille:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmSJYD88wVw[/youtube]
 

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Charlie Rouse, Unsung Hero -- an album and a half of material recorded for Epic in the early 60s, rereleased in 1990 in Columbia's Jazz Masterpiece series. A fine cd of crisply played tunes. The ballads are as good as the cookers. My favorite tracks are There Is No Greater Love and two uptempo Rouse originals, Lil' Rousin' and Rouse's Point. (If you're new to jazz, Rouse was Monk's sax player for most of the 1960s. A colossal player.)
 

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Delfeayo Marsalis, brother of Wynton Marsalis. You don't see many leads playing the trombone.

 

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Delfeayo Marsalis, brother of Wynton Marsalis. You don't see many leads playing the trombone.

[//video=youtube;86yR5mi0kU4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86yR5mi0kU4[/video]

Never heard the trombone played with such finesse.
 

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This and the last one taken from 'Omar Sosa Radio' on Spotify. For those not familiar, Spotify Radio creates a random playlist based on the artist + related artists. I don't know that I've enjoyed any Radio more than Omar Sosa.

 

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There’s an interesting back story to this. In 1968 Danny Scher, jazz aficionado and senior at Palo Alto High School, decided to try to convince Thelonious Monk, who was in residence at the Jazz Workshop in nearby San Francisco, to bring his quartet to Palo Alto to play a concert in the school auditorium. Surprisingly, Monk, who was broke, agreed to the gig, for $500. If you remember your history, 1968 was a tumultuous year in America, with the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the police riot in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson’s resignation as president, and riots in black ghettos throughout the country.

In this climate Scher advertised the concert in the black neighborhoods of Palo Alto, against the advice of the town’s police department, and of course promoted it in the lily-white high school and neighborhoods of Palo Alto. The concert created quite a buzz. One of the school custodians agreed to have the piano tuned if he could tape the concert – so we have a recording, now remastered. The concert came off without a hitch and was a success. Incidentally, Danny Scher graduated from Stanford with an MBA and went on to work as a manager and promoter for Bill Graham at the Fillmore in San Francisco for a quarter century.

[For some reason I can't get the youtube tags to work]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3G8WopextI
 

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Been listening to some Lionel Hampton today, for something different

[youtube]y4oz7lJCE4Y[/youtube]
 

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Not listening to anything in particular at the moment, but I'm going to plug our local jazz program and it's host.

https://kjzz.org/content/1675/blaise-lantana

Our public radio station here in Phoenix is K-Jazz. The call letters are KJZZ. The night show (after 7pm) is classic jazz hosted by a woman who is a true jazz lover and also not a half bad musician. I listened to her show for a long time, but last year I got to hang out at the station during her shift, talk at length with her, and even produced an hour of her show. A week later, she invited me to one of her gigs, and could not have been nicer. I thought I liked jazz and had an above-average knowledge of the music, but she blew me out of the water. If you get the chance, listen online. She does a really great show.
 

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I apologize iof I've posted this before, but I'm listening to it again after a while, and again I'm blown away.

[youtube]EDl9q2gaVwk[/youtube]
 

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I apologize iof I've posted this before, but I'm listening to it again after a while, and again I'm blown away.

[youtube]EDl9q2gaVwk[/youtube]

This one slipped by me. Sounds Bill Evans'esque - a lot of use of space.
 

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Played as I drove today:
1) Someday My Prince Will Come (1961) - probably the most ignored Miles Davis album from the early 60s, in spite of being his first studio release after the double whammy of Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain. I hadn't read much about it, but I resisted getting it because the title cut is a Disney song, and I'm not much into jazz stars taking treacly pop and bopping it. Then I heard that Coltrane guests on the album on two tracks, that it was the last time he went into the studio with Miles, so I got it. It's a nice, solid album, with Miles playing ballads with a mute -- if you like that sound, this is good of kind. It could use maybe one more uptempo track to goose it. Coltrane's two appearances throw the thing into high gear.
2) Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (1957) is a celebrated Pepper session where his backup is Miles' rhythm section of the day (Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones.) I've owned this for years, but until today it never impressed me -- I considered it facile and pastel. Today I gave it another spin and boy, did it cook. What seemed facile before now seemed lyrical and unsprung, with Pepper coming up with endless embellishments, inspired by the steady background Miles' crew gave him. Deserves its stellar rep.
 

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Vince Guaraldi’s claim to fame is writing and performing (with his trio) the music background for the Peanuts TV specials. Vince was actually quite a good jazz composer and although you may not have paid much attention to this music as a kid, it’s worth a listen:

[youtube]fAzoGOgFPig[/youtube]

Recently I’ve been listening to his album “Jazz Impressions of ‘Black Orpheus’” (which by the way is a movie well worth seeing).

[youtube]kV6Zo1OZnFY&list=OLAK5uy_msl06-IplrxD7D5_OZHfzYkUU6eFNS18g[/youtube]

He died at age 48.
 
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