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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2018, 07:22:46 AM »

I'd post my all time top 5 favorite songs but I'd stray way off topic since there are no jazz songs in it. My favorite jazz recordings are:

'Flamenco Sketches' by Miles Davis (Kind of Blue again, with most valuable player Bill Evans floating serenely over the piano keys. Like a cloud. So beautiful.)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F3W_alUuFkA

'Solitude' by Billie Holiday (If you asked me, gun to my head, who is the greatest ever female singer, despite my deep love for Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, and many more, I'd say Lady Day)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6d4KCZwUxRU

'Rose Room' by Benny Goodman Sextet (I love big band swing, but I love Benny's small band swing here even more)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nM0JCNmUlX0

The other two would be Coltrane's 'Every Time We Say Goodbye' and Louis' 'West End Blues', both of which I linked in my above posts.

I'd include Duke Ellington's unbelievably beautiful 'Single Petal of a Rose' but it's not really jazz but here it is for your considerable listening pleasure:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4_R_ey0sUjI
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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2018, 07:53:38 AM »

I disagree that "Single Petal of a Rose" isn't jazz: its vocabulary is jazz, anyway. But jazz, like rock was later, is subject to a lot of debate over the borders.

Top five jazz tunes is a tough assignment.

Ellington's Isfahan, from the Far East Suite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2U1MGX8SLU

Monk's Just a Gigolo, in this case from Misterioso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j07z-42cxPI

Miles Davis Quintet's Footprints, from Miles Smiles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62p-CXrYmf4

Coltrane's My Favorite Things, from the album of the same name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWG2dsXV5HI

And then how about a tie between:

Blue Mitchell, The Way You Look Tonight, from Blue Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAjgoaH2-dQ
Dexter Gordon, I'm a Fool To Want You, from Clubhouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytl9kcMVaYs
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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2018, 08:51:28 AM »

Picking top 5 in jazz? Oh my, quite impossible.

These are at the very top of my favorites for this morning:

West End Blues - Louis Armstrong
Ain't no Use - Sarah Vaughan
'Round Midnight - Thelonius Monk
Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck Quartet
Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers
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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2018, 02:55:12 PM »

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Ain't no Use - Sarah Vaughan
Sarah's magnificent, big favorite with June Christy & Ella.

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Nobody will bite you. Post 5 favorite songs. Who cares if it's off-topic? Nobody.
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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2018, 10:22:17 AM »

All right RangeRover.

My all time top 5 favorite songs:

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
2. Against the Wind - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
3. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
4. Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
5. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin (my favorite version is by Leonard Bernstein with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra from 1959)

Couple of honorable mentions, both in contention for the number 5 slot till I remembered Rhapsody:
Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Knocks Me Off My Feet - Stevie Wonder

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« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2018, 10:53:33 AM »

Five favorites and their composers:

Nefertiti - Wayne Shorter
Volunteered Slavery - Roland Kirk
Compared To What - Eugene McDaniels
Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson
Like Young - Andre Previn

Another five that could be faves:

Goodbye Porkpie Hat - Charles Mingus
Thembi - Pharoah Sanders
Girl Talk - Neal Hefti
In A Mist - Bix Beiderbecke
The Duke - Dave Brubeck
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« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2018, 11:15:59 AM »

Glad to see Oliver Nelson mentioned. He's phenomenal and criminally unknown to general jazz audiences. Blues and the Abstract Truth is a canonical work, I think.

Wayne Shorter gets serious kudos, too. Obviously he's well known, but seemingly mostly for having played alongside Miles in the second great quintet. What nobody seems to mention on a regular basis is how many of those tunes he wrote. Phenomenal player, really good writer.
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« Reply #32 on: April 16, 2018, 11:44:17 AM »

I just recently discovered the song "Brilliant Corners" by Thelonious Monk. What an exceedingly strange, yet wonderful and mesmerizing song. Supposedly the song is so complex and difficult to play that it had to be recorded in sections and then pieced back together to create the completed track. Sounds like somebody we all know and love...
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« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2018, 12:04:17 PM »

I highly recommend Monk. He’s a giant of American music, I’d say a month the 10 greatest of any genre.

And I agree Brilliant Corners is amazing. But I don’t recall hearing that story before and honestly find it hard to believe. There was some takes-splicing going on in those days in jazz, but “too difficult to play” strikes me initially as likely mythology. I’ll have to dig into that. Thanks for passing it along.
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« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2018, 01:54:38 PM »

I oughtn't have doubted you: having dug into it, sure enough it does seem the final version used on the album was a composite of takes.

That said--and this might be trying to make a distinction in terminology that isn't really effective or necessary--I think it's not quite accurate to say it was "so complex ... that it had to be recorded in sections and then pieced back together." While the first version--the one on the album of the same name--was indeed a product of splicing, it was recorded and released numerous times by Monk (and others) afterward. I would guess it was more a product of trying to get a certain number of tunes done on a schedule (usually a day or two in those days for a jazz LP) and, once they began breaking down and getting angry--which I've read was indeed the case--they just quit rather than keep spitting into the wind.

No doubt it didn't help that the form is 8 bars, 7 bars, 7 bars, and that (per typical Monk) the accents and changes were odd. I just peeked at the chart and it's pretty odd. I have no doubt they could pretty easily play the head just fine, but soloing over those changes might have been an issue, especially if they didn't know the song well prior to the session.
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« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2018, 02:00:56 PM »

This has long been a favourite of mine. Steps Ahead's version of "In A Sentimental Mood" can move me to tears, if the occasion is right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R3IbCgx9pU
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« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2018, 11:25:56 AM »

I like some Jazz very much. But I don't know very much about it. As some of you might know I'm more into old blues and country (early Jimmie Rodgers' recordings do feature some Dixieland including Louis Armstrong on trumpet). But from time to time I listen to some Dixieland, some Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Boogie Woogie (which I'd count more as blues, though, but who cares). I really, really like that stuff.
Also there's a great late-night Jazz album by Dean Martin (it features Dino's first recording of "Everybody love somebody, recorded just before his hit version). Very good stuff:




It's on youtube, although not in best quality:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyV7s1Fr6p4


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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2018, 12:58:14 PM »

A very interesting documentary will be shown on the PBS network, in most areas of the U.S. on Friday, May 4. Since I saw an advert on PBS International it might be showing in some areas Across The Pond as well.
UPDATE: Just read that it will be shown on BBC4 4 May at 9:00pm.

The documentary is about the Jazz Ambassadors. These were top shelf musicians such as Louis Armstrong who took goodwill tours throughout the world.
The tours were to let everyone know about how wonderful the U.S. was. However, the controversy was that it was anything but wonderful for African Americans during this time (late 50s-early 60s).

Here's an article from Time Magazine about this. Unfortunately I couldn't get the link to work. It would be under "cold war jazz ambassadors"
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