I'm glad you enjoyed them.
They are fun - and very human in their own way.
I'm glad you enjoyed them.
They are fun - and very human in their own way.
Throughout this thread I have tried to provide examples of great music regardless of genre. Because jazz is a wonderful expression of human creativity, I have added many jazz artists that others may not know or know well. I hope that I am introducing some to music they may never have heard, from a musician they didn't know, and that they enjoy it.
Piano jazz is a personal favorite. Many superb pianists are showcased here but there is one that I have only touched on briefly; the remarkable Erroll Garner.
Many musicians who in their own right are renowned pick him as their favorite. His style, exuberance, and fantastic ability to imbue songs with his unique interpretation are legend. Some even call him the best jazz piano player of all time. Surprisingly, he couldn’t read music or explain well how he did what he did. On many recordings you could hear him humming the melody he followed, especially on “Teach Me Tonight”. He sat on phone books when he played. He was a prodigy in his youth and considered a genius as an adult.
His magnificent album from the sixties, Concert By The Sea, is still of the best selling jazz albums of all time. He also recorded an album of beautiful, romantic music (Other Voices) that many purists criticized. Overall, he was a prodigious talent whose output of recorded and live performances was in the hundreds, if not more, and, he was probably the musician most interviewed on television during his time.
This is truly music to listen to in the foreground to really appreciate it and then background for doing anything. His sound is unique and immediately recognizable by those knowledgeable about jazz.
Casting around for other examples of his talent will not be wasted time.
He wrote the classic song, Misty. Here is a great rendition.
Where Or When - and more (2/11/16 link repaired)
*Long Ago And Far Away (2/11/16 link repaired)
I try never to use words that are in excess of what is accurate. I can say with confidence that this is another example of his brilliance and will never be emulated at anywhere near his level.
Some gems from the iconic “Concert By The Sea” album.
I'll Remember April (6/5/16 like repaired)
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Teach Me Tonight
*Autumn Leaves - This is special (7/9/15 link repaired)
And, from the “Other Voices” album
*On The Street Where You Live (2/1/16 link repaired)
*The Very Thought Of You (2/1/16 link repaired)
*Candles, wine, low lights and...would go nicely.
In post 225 (now located here), I introduced George Shearing, a jazz pianist popular around the time of Garner and beyond. His music deserves more exposure.
Shearing had a number of phases like most musicians; the one I like the most is his vibe player playing the same notes as he did on the piano. It is a great sound and was his “trademark” for years. Listen for it: September In The Rain and East Of The Sun are examples. There are others.
This is beautiful, elegant and exciting music.
Nothing But De Best
September In The Rain
Now, some beautiful sounds for changing your mood.
East Of The Sun
The Folks Who Live On The Hill - especially beautiful (2/10/16 link repaired)
Roses Of Picardy
And, the lovely...
How Beautiful Is Night
Previously, in post 225.
Heard there’s a great singer at the club. Think I’ll call that doll I met last week, the one whose father is some kind of politician.
“Hey, baby, it’s me, Tony. Whaddya say, we go to the club tonight. Dress up nice. I’ll get us a good table. I’m tight with the captain. That’s great. I’ll pick you up at eight”.
“Hey, is Andre there”?
“No, he’s not here yet. Wait, he just walked in”.
“This is Andre”.
“Andre, this is Tony. I’m comin’ by tonight. I’d sure appreciate that table up front. The one by the stage; table 2, I think it is”.
“I don’t know, Mister Tony. We got a great singer and it’ll be real busy again tonight. I guess Eisenhower’s been good for business. I’m not sure I can”…
“Look, Andre, I’ll make it worth your while, if you know what I mean. I’m bringin’ a gorgeous babe and I want to impress her”.
“Okay, Mister Tony, on that basis I’ll see what I can do”.
“Thanks, Andre. You’re the best. Set us up with Champagne when we get there. The best you got”.
That night after a $50 dollar tip…
Ladies and gentlemen… please welcome The George Shearing Quintet with Miss Dakota Staton.
The Late Late Show (7/16/15 link repaired)
In The Night (7/16/15 link repaired)
The Thrill Is Gone
The show was great...and so was the Cordon Rouge.
Ten or so years ago I discovered the group 'Indigenous'. I liked their great bluesy-rock sound, and especially their lead singer, Matos', voice. I bought their then current CD.
Researching them, I learned they were a family band composed of members of the Nakota nation in South Dakota, hence their name.
Recently, I uncovered the CD, Circle, and was again impressed.
Here is some information from Wikipedia.
“Indigenous” is an American blues-rock group that came to prominence in the late 1990s. The band originally consisted of two brothers, Mato Nanji (Maiari) ('mah-TOE non-GEE' vocals and guitar, born 1974), Pte ('peh-TAY' bass guitar), along with their sister, Wanbdi ('wan-ba-DEE' drums, vocals), and their cousin, Horse (percussion).
Their music is heavily influenced by guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. Mato Nanji's style and skill has drawn comparisons to each of these guitarists. The band has also shared the stage with artists of varying musical genres such as B.B. King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, and Los Lonely Boys. The band has headlined its own tours several times.
The Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota's Yankton Indian Reservation, where their father, Greg Zephier became a spokesperson for Native American rights. A musician in his own right during the 1960s and '70s, Zephier provided his children with records from blues musicians such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King, and taught them to play their respective instruments. The family started touring together, and soon the children were performing on their own”.
Most of the tunes I am posting come from the CD mentioned above because they're great, but, there are others from different albums.
I have learned from comments on YouTube, (if accurate) that the family is no longer together, and that Mato has gone his own way without his former family band-mates; a chronic occurrence in the music biz.
Let's enjoy what we have here regardless of what the future holds. This band is ata cho.
Rest of My Days
Waiting For You
Seven Steps Away
Nothing I Can Do
You Were The One
Runaway (9/2/15 link repaired)
Eagle Heart (1/19/15 link repaired)
And, live, Blues From The Sky
Bring Back That Day
The Moon Is Shining
Things We Do (9/2/15 link repaired)
We have recently lost another great, Horace Silver. He was a sax player, later a pianist and a stellar composer. Two of his most famous elegant and swinging compositions follow.
Song For My Father
Senor Blues (also by Taj Mahal in this thread)
Song For My Father is a beautiful melody. Kind of infectious. There are many artists who have done this tune. Maybe it deserves some more attention, especially to honor Horace Silver... and for our Fathers.
Leon Thomas is a great talent with a somewhat unusual “signature”. His treatment here is smooth and elegant. Wonderful sound.
Song For My Father (8/29/14 link repaired)
And then, there is Dee Dee Bridgewater's version. She mines it for every emotion possible – smooth, hard-driving and danceable. Backed by a tight band she pulls everything from it, interprets it her way and returns it to us.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Song For My Father
After an extended intro during which he plays two instruments at once (and continues), Stanley Jordan launches into another wonderful version of this song that respects the original.
Stanley Jordan Trio
Song For My Father
One more that's different.
There is a kind of jazz where the notes are flying, dissonance is common and you can't make out any melody. Not interesting.
At the beginning this started to sound like that. But I listened. Carefully. Many times. There is a melody that recurs throughout. The musicians all use the same theme and riff on it but remain true to that melody. Everything fits together. Then there are the solos. These guys are great especially Horace Silver. Billy Cobham demonstrates why he is one of the all-time great drummers (he's elsewhere on this thread with McCoy Tyner). If you really listen it makes sense and doesn't sound disconnected. Though, if you don't pay attention it may run you over.
The title may refer to frantic behavior. If that guess is correct the music's up-tempo beat is a bit funny. Listen and think about it.
Nutville (1/15/16 repaired link)
Heard this today for the first time. Not sure...researched and yep!
Another gem from...
Bonita ('pretty' in Spanish; and it is.)
How bout' a catchy jazz tune whose title is the name of a snake? Interested? So, listen - it won't bite.
This thread, Reminiscences, focuses on those tunes that made an impression on us; the ones we remember like it was yesterday.
Peter Frampton is not an unknown artist – except to those very young or the indifferent. “Frampton Comes Alive,” once the best selling rock album of all time, is now allegedly fourth, and, still a marvel of melody, lyrics and hard-driving musical emotion.
If you haven't heard these in a while, or are unfamiliar, (re) try them for a clean rockin' sound; one that isn’t artificial like much of what passes for music now, but, instead, relies on instruments that actually sound like themselves. The music is a glorious and enduring celebration of rock, and therefore, appropriate for inclusion here.
The great, Peter Frampton.
Do You Feel Like We Do
Lines On My Face (A lovely melody, lyrics and emotional for those who can relate)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Show Me The Way
Baby, I Love Your Way
I'm In You
Music from all over the world – what could be better?
Jamaica and Mali.
My Only Lover
Cool Down The Pace
Vieux Farka Touré
This song appears a few times in this thread, because, well, the melody and lyrics are irresistible. Now, there is a melancholy reason for posting a different and unique version of it again.
None of the usual, trite platitudes now; just an expression of appreciation for a musician who provided, for a long time, some enjoyable sounds.
Thanks, Mr. King.
The Thrill Is (sadly) Gone.
Some information about his background.
Seems like there should be additional homages to BB King here - and tributes to other passed blues performers, too. Try this.
Luther Allison (this version is GREAT)
The Thrill Is Gone
3/28/15 (Moved from post 225).
This is a great song from a blues singer as good as the best of any of them, and appears in the concert below.
She Was Born That Way (the concert version of this song appears at 37:46 below. The lyrics celebrate what an unselfish women can contribute to a man whether he appreciates it or not. The concert version is sung with the emotion the lyrics demand).
He did a concert some years ago, in Europe, that is one of the best blues appearances I have ever heard (and seen). Usually, there are songs you like and some you like less in any concert or CD. For me, this is one of the most perfect blues appearances ever.
This is the first complete concert performance I have posted here. The drummer, Yvette Preyer, is fantastic.
Luther Allison - Festival de jazz de San Sebastian July 1994
For anything that benefits from beautiful sounds, here is the superb...
Easy To Love
You Don't Know Me
The Thrill Is Gone (also see a version of this song here by Dakota Staton)
The arrangement and musician's talent provide a unique sound.
Don't miss this.
Josef Erich "Joe" Zawinul was an Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer. He played with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet and wrote Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, which appears in post 225.
A prominent musician he later co-founded “Weather Report” and the Zawinul Syndicate. Here are some examples of his unique, provocative and exciting music.
Zansa (the percussionist here also appears with Ahmad Jamal in post 195)
Erdapfee Blues (read the comments to learn the meaning of the lyrics)
And, with John McLaughlin
In A Silent Way (an intriguing and lovely tune)
Paco Sery, the drummer for the Zawinul Syndicate, is a fantastic talent. His post-Syndicate work is interesting.
Paco Sery Group
I Say Monkey (dedicated to the moderator)
I Say Monkey (the live version is a bit different than the studio)
Many years ago there was a program on local television in a major market that focussed on many types of emerging musical performers. On one special night the host, Rudy Oricek, had a new performer of “soul/rhythm and blues music.”
Al Green was asked a few questions before performing. He happened to say he had a cold and was not feeling well.
When he started singing I paid close attention because it was clear he had developed a style that contained everything that made his music a deeply emotional experience. During his performance his shirt became drenched with perspiration, probably more so because he was ill. At one point he dropped to his knees and that image increased the power of his dramatic performance.
Green went on to use his instantly identifiable style successfully. It was copied by many others including some who also used his backup band; it became known as the Memphis Sound and is represented by a few others in this thread.
As an example of soft soul, with poignant melodies and arrangements, sensitive lyrics of love and love lost, driving rhythm and pleading emotion you can't get any better than...
Love And Happiness
For The Good Times