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« on: April 02, 2009, 04:48:09 PM »

If so, what bands/performers do you dig the most?  My partial list:

Wes Montgomery
Bill Evans
Miles Davis
Tord Gustavsen Trio
Lee Morgan
Grant Green
Jazz Crusaders
Charlie Parker
Dizzy Gillespie
Louis Armstrong
Vince Guaraldi
Robert Glasper

and many others...
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 04:51:08 PM »

I am! Where there's Jazz, there's Jazz Hands, and who doesn't love Jazz Hands?? Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 05:06:40 PM »

lol, I like that.   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 02:57:48 AM »

For a minute there, I thought you meant Jazz fans, as in the Utah Jazz NBA team, in which case I was about to say, "**** NO!!!  GO BLAZERS!" Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 03:03:19 AM »

I like jazz, but I don't know anything about it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2009, 03:05:43 AM »

I like jazz, but I don't know anything about it.
It's the religion of St. John Coltrane. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 11:57:04 AM »

If so, what bands/performers do you dig the most?
Well, I wouldn't call myself a fan, but I do enjoy Miles, Coltrane, and Brubeck, and most other artists whose name is not Kenny G.
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 12:37:54 PM »

cholmes,

I definitely like some of the earlier musicians you've listed like Bird, Gillespie, Louis and Evans.  Also Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Stan Getz, some Charlie Mingus and others whose names I don't recall.  I don't seem to like things done since the sixties as much.  But I must say that Chick Corea can really play the piano.  Some of his new Mozart CD with Bobby McFerrin I find really amazing!  (I know that this is not jazz, but I think it just shows his virtuosity as a musician.)  And of course Wynton Marsalis is a great jazz-classical crossover artist too.  I must confess to not knowing very much about jazz.  I just hear things that I like.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 02:28:12 PM »

I wish I knew more about jazz. I've listened to Charlie Mingus, and like his stuff a lot.
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 04:09:27 PM »

I wish I knew more about jazz. I've listened to Charlie Mingus, and like his stuff a lot.

Any particular songs or albums?

If you live in the U.S., and want to get greater exposure, I suggest a visit to Pandora.com.  Basically you can plug in an artist or a song and it will play others with similar qualities.
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 05:19:06 PM »

It's been awhile, but the album I had enjoyed was "Mingus: Ah Um", or something like that. I'd love to have more exposure, and thanks so much for the link!
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2009, 05:49:25 PM »

I somehow never understood jazz...

I love classical music, and of more or less modern music, my favorites are soft rock (Simon and Garfunkel), and "chanson" (especially French, but also ex-Soviet - Okudzhava, Vysotsky; some American - Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie; and Canadian - Leonard Cohen (http://www2.maidan.org.ua/n/culture/1238437861 ).
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2009, 07:09:05 PM »

Your tastes in music sound much like my own, Heorhij! Leonard Cohen-ah, what a man! His music is amazing! A couple years ago I was privileged to hear him live at an outdoor concert and it was a thoroughly rewarding experience-in fact that was one of the happiest moments of my life! I even splurged that day and bought an autographed copy of his collection of poetry, "The Book of Longing". But I saw a video of his recent concert in Glastonbury, and my heart ached to see he was looking much older...
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2009, 08:01:13 PM »

I love Jazz, both the 'old' style and 'smooth' or 'contemporary' styles (which some "purists" deny being "real" jazz...)

Dizzy Gillespie
Joe Henderson
Chet Baker
Stan Getz
Thelonious Monk
Vince Guaraldi
Miles Davis
Charlie "Bird" Parker
Art Blakey
Dave Brubeck
Joe Lovano
Sonny Rollins
Wynton Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Louie Armstrong
Leon Bix a.k.a. Bix Beiderbecke
Duke Ellington

Jazz Vocalists;

Billie Holiday
Sarah Vaughn
Antonio Bennedetti a.k.a Tony Bennett
Jamie Callum
Ella Fitzgerald

Then there's the 'smooth jazz' artists;

Chuck Loeb
Fattburger
George Benson
David Sanborn
Boney James
Earl Klugh
Peter White
Paul Hardcastle
Denny Jiosa
Kenny G
Rick Braun
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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2009, 08:34:52 PM »

My favorite jazz musician, who influenced my Jazz playing when I was playing in Chicago, was Thelonius Monk.  That man was a genius and revolutionary.  Duke Ellington too was awesome. 

Does anyone here like Latin Jazz, or "smooth jazz" (aka elevator music)??
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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2009, 09:05:30 PM »

Does anyone here like Latin Jazz, or "smooth jazz" (aka elevator music)??
Did you completely skip over my post?  Wink I love "Smooth Jazz"!!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2009, 09:11:25 PM »

Does anyone here like Latin Jazz, or "smooth jazz" (aka elevator music)??
Did you completely skip over my post?  Wink I love "Smooth Jazz"!!!

I didn't skip over it, It just had a long list so it was hard to tell which ones were your favorites and etc. 

I personally NEVER thought I would like smooth jazz until I started playing it.  It has a very deep emotional tinge to it that I really didn't appreciate until I had to create it. 
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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2009, 09:16:47 PM »



Does anyone here like Latin Jazz,... ??
What specifically are you thinking of?  Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz did a lot of Afro-Cuban jazz (which I love!!).

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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2009, 09:25:53 PM »



Does anyone here like Latin Jazz,... ??
What specifically are you thinking of?  Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz did a lot of Afro-Cuban jazz (which I love!!).



Eh...not quite, but I definitely have a deep appreciation for Gillespie and Getz.  I'm not really into the Afro-Cuban stuff in general as much as things like basic salsa, marange, cha-cha, tango, etc.  But also some brazilian jazz as well. 

the problem is that I was young and stupid so when I was playing all of this stuff I didn't really memorize who the people were or the styles or anything, I just remember certain aspects of it.  Misspent youth. 
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2009, 09:29:36 PM »

I somehow never understood jazz...

I love classical music, and of more or less modern music, my favorites are soft rock (Simon and Garfunkel), and "chanson" (especially French, but also ex-Soviet - Okudzhava, Vysotsky; some American - Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie; and Canadian - Leonard Cohen (http://www2.maidan.org.ua/n/culture/1238437861 ).

If you're willing to give it a try, I recommend you check out the Modern Jazz Quartet.  They played what many jazz historians refer to as "third stream", basically a style of jazz that has a lot of influences taken from classical.  Lonely Woman and Pyramid are two great albums to sample.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Jazz_Quartet
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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2009, 09:35:57 PM »

It's been awhile, but the album I had enjoyed was "Mingus: Ah Um", or something like that. I'd love to have more exposure, and thanks so much for the link!

A classic!  That is a phenomenal album, definitely my favorite Mingus.  "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (a tribute to the late Lester Young) is one of my favorite songs of any genre.  To be honest though, I'm struggling to think of any other records that are similar in style to that one.
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Does anyone here like Latin Jazz,... ??
What specifically are you thinking of?  Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz did a lot of Afro-Cuban jazz (which I love!!).



  But also some brazilian jazz as well. 

 

 I'm completely enamored with bossa nova! Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, ...
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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2009, 09:54:37 PM »


Youtube'd them and I love it!
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« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2009, 12:23:49 AM »

Kurt Elling is possibly the best Jazz vocalist in history.  Others, like Diana Krall are good, but they don't have the range, creativity or just pure talent of Kurt.

Nature Boy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXprs8-U5nA&feature=related

The Waking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGbGUhYe0Ts

If anyone has heard Tanya Jean (a song by Kurt), you'll know it's even better than both of the above.

I wouldn't classify Bobby McFerrin as Jazz - he just does everything - but he rocks.  Among many others, this improv with Richard Bona is awesome:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iimMKWF7SK0

I like this with the Motion Trio too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbbWxo-3CdQ

Reminds me....I need to list to Hush again soon (album with Bobby and Yo-Yo Ma).
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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2009, 02:01:18 AM »

I've been a fan of Vince Guaraldi ever since Charles Schulz died several years ago.  It all started when I had this burning desire to hear Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" (the Peanuts theme) many times during my process of grieving Schulz's passing.
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« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2009, 10:34:24 AM »



Does anyone here like Latin Jazz,... ??
What specifically are you thinking of?  Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz did a lot of Afro-Cuban jazz (which I love!!).



  But also some brazilian jazz as well. 

 

 I'm completely enamored with bossa nova! Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, ...

Jobim and Frank Sinatra released an outstanding album in 1967.  Even if you're not into Frank, it's a must-own.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Albert_Sinatra_%26_Antonio_Carlos_Jobim
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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2009, 01:18:28 PM »

Chet Baker.
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« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2009, 01:27:42 PM »

I enjoy jazz, but haven't listened much in years. But I will readily confess to being a jazz purest. KWJZ here in WA cured me of "smooth jazz" pretty quickly. And there was a station in OR before we moved to WA around 1996 that drove me nuts with smooth jazz. Why do the smooth jazz DJ's sound like they have overdosed on Valium?
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« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2009, 01:31:56 PM »

Chet Baker.
I have his 'The Italian Sessions'.  Great interpretations esp his version of "Well You Needn't" which I like better than Miles Davis' version.
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Jobim and Frank Sinatra released an outstanding album in 1967.  Even if you're not into Frank, it's a must-own.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Albert_Sinatra_%26_Antonio_Carlos_Jobim
This does sound like a must-own.  I'll try and find it... Thanks for the suggestion.
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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2009, 02:12:38 PM »

I enjoy jazz, but haven't listened much in years. But I will readily confess to being a jazz purest. KWJZ here in WA cured me of "smooth jazz" pretty quickly. And there was a station in OR before we moved to WA around 1996 that drove me nuts with smooth jazz. Why do the smooth jazz DJ's sound like they have overdosed on Valium?
Cheesy That may be the point... Anyway, listen to "New Life" by Chuck Loeb (jazz guitarist) and Kim Waters (saxaphone) and lemme know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWu3FwTcDco
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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2009, 12:00:27 AM »

I've been a fan of Vince Guaraldi ever since Charles Schulz died several years ago.  It all started when I had this burning desire to hear Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" (the Peanuts theme) many times during my process of grieving Schulz's passing.

Ah right!  I love the Peanuts specials music!  I've got "A Chalie Brown Christmas" on CD.   Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2009, 01:21:24 AM »

I've been a fan of Vince Guaraldi ever since Charles Schulz died several years ago.  It all started when I had this burning desire to hear Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" (the Peanuts theme) many times during my process of grieving Schulz's passing.

Ah right!  I love the Peanuts specials music!  I've got "A Chalie Brown Christmas" on CD.   Cheesy
Just for you (and all those who have not had the good fortune to hear this chart yet):  http://www.last.fm/music/Vince+Guaraldi+Trio/_/Linus+and+Lucy
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« Reply #33 on: April 05, 2009, 09:50:51 PM »

^  Excellent!  "Linus and Lucy" is definitely the Peanuts signature tune!   Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2009, 03:35:22 PM »

Vince was great.  I highly recommend checking out his entire catalogue, as he had a lot of superb music apart from the Peanuts work.
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« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2009, 03:49:35 PM »

Vince was great.  I highly recommend checking out his entire catalogue, as he had a lot of superb music apart from the Peanuts work.
Yup.  I have his "Best of" CD.  Very good music all the way around.  "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" rings in my head as one of my favorites outside of his Peanuts work.
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