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  1. #231
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    I'm glad you enjoyed them.

    They are fun - and very human in their own way.

  2. #232
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    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

    *Long Ago And Far Away

    Some gems from the iconic “Concert By The Sea” album.

    I'll Remember April

    They Can't Take That Away From Me

    Teach Me Tonight

    Autumn Leaves (This is special)

    And, from the “Other Voices” album

    *On The Street Where You Live

    *The Very Thought Of You

    *Candles, wine, low lights and...would go nicely.


    In post 225, 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.

    This is beautiful, elegant and exciting music.

    Nothing But De Best


    September In The Rain

    Now, some beautiful sounds for changing your mood.

    Blue Malibu

    East Of The Sun

    The Folks Who Live On The Hill (especially beautiful)

    Early Autumn

    Roses Of Picardy

    And, the lovely

    How Beautiful Is Night
    Last edited by Atypical; 01-23-2015 at 12:27 AM.

  3. #233
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    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, played it 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

    Little Time


    Waiting For You

    Seven Steps Away

    Nothing I Can Do

    Evolution Revolution

    You Were The One


    Eagle Heart (1/19/15 link repaired)

    And, live, Blues From The Sky

    Bring Back That Day

    The Moon Is Shining

    Things We Do
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  4. #234
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    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.

    Leon Thomas

    Song For My Father (link repaired 8/29/14)

    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.

    Try it.


    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.

    Horace Silver

    Nutville (8/12/14 repaired link)


    Heard this today for the first time. Not sure...researched and yep!

    Another gem from...

    Horace Silver

    Bonita ('pretty' in Spanish; and it is.)
    Last edited by Atypical; 08-29-2014 at 05:11 PM.

  5. #235
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    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
    Last edited by Atypical; 12-25-2014 at 02:42 AM.

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