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Posted By : Mr Cottonhouse | Comments : 9
the death of a legend
The world is a much lesser place. Enjoy!
I cannae see the VID?Ooo is it
You can't whack Kind of Blue. 50-odd years old and still one of the best albums ever made. Miles Davis was a genius.
I dont like jazz gary but that didnt sound too deppressing,played it to the end anyway.Its that trad jazz that does my head in,the bloody clarinet sounds like someones tied a balloon to it and let it fly round the room....T
Dixieland is a bit of an acquired taste but I quite like it. I'm not saying I'll go home and shove some on but I think it's definately got a charm. Don't forget this was the first form of jazz and also a vital step in the evolution of the band as we know it - the first popular culture band movement that wasn't either an orchestra or a brass band. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of clarinets. Check out Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong stuff from that period for some belting Dixieland stuff.
For me jazz is about mastery of an instrument, experimentation and pushing the boundaries of what music actually is. Sometimes it's almost impossible to handle the stuff as it's so far out there - Miles's stuff in the 60s and 70s is particularly nuts for this. Check out "Bitches Brew", it's mental! There's so much of the stuff out there it's mad. Of course it doesn't have to be, there's such a wide range of jazz it's incredible - without doubt the most diverse of all genres.
The kind of jazz I've got no time for is stuff like Jamie Callum, who for me is to jazz what Busted are to rock music.
So my top 3 jazz records to track down are:
1. Kind of Blue (as mentioned above)
2. Love Supreme by John Coltraine
3. School Days by Stanley Clarke
Plus Bitches Brew if you want to listen to the closest music has come to capturing what a nightmare would sound like if it could make a record!
I'm sure any NWB jazz buffs can add a few more to that list.
"bloody clarinet sounds like someones tied a balloon to it and let it fly round the room"laugh!!
"bloody clarinet sounds like someones tied a balloon to it and let it fly round the room"
Hahaha - and thanks Terry I'm happy now! And I have to agree, I'm not a trad fan at all.
@synthy Mike - I think that your list is pretty fab. I would also add Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django to that list and I'm sure that some Ella and Weather Report would fit in nicely although I'm not sure which albums. I also like the mad stuff too - Soft Machine ect....
Oooh, I'll have to check out the Martin Taylor album. Weather Report terrify me but I feel I might have to have a flutter at some point. I could've sworn Jan Hammer had played in them? Though I think I must've imagined it!
Not quite but I found this which explains it -
He (Jan Hammer) formed the JUNIOR TRIO in high school with bassist MIROSLAV VITOUS (future founding member of WEATHER REPORT and drummer ALAN VITOUS.
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