Jazz Is: 44 – Leila Au Pays Du Carrousel

April 7, 2013

. By Anouar Brahem, on oud, from his CD Le Pas du Chat Noir. With  François Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Sublime. Related articles Kingdom Animalia Zero Dark Thirty and Torture We Fuses Taking Stock, Taking a Leave

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Picture This: 6 – Herman Leonard

January 20, 2013

. We visited the Grammy Museum Friday evening, on Figueroa Sweet at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. I expected something glitzy and promotional, fit for Universal City Walk and while there are elements, it is a serious small museum, focused on listening experiences, where one can gain a beginning university education in the history and features of twentieth-century American popular music. […]

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Jazz Is: 43 – Treme: Funeral Scene & Second Line

October 21, 2012

. The audience and appreciation are starting to build, in its third season, for Treme, just as it did late for the brilliant David Simon‘s earlier The Wire. Whether it is the worlds of the inner city drug trade, policing, municipal government, unions, education, or journalism in Baltimore, or of high end chefs and dining in Treme, […]

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Jazz Is: 42 – “The Cure”

August 24, 2012

. Feeling low, in despair, beset by the boorish and the brutish? There’s a cure for that. Back in May, Julia and I, along with jazz rabbi Charlie K, dropped in on Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Jack DeJohnette at the Catlalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. The new trio’s tour was billed as a […]

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Jazz Is: 41 – KLAZZ Brothers and Cuba Percussion

July 13, 2012

. “Summertime” I’m feelin’ it. All hail Kilian Forster, solo bassist with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, founder, Klazz Brothers. Related articles Eating Poetry (XXXVII) – The New Physics (sadredearth.com)

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Jazz Is: 40 – Jumpin Jive

July 4, 2012

. Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers. From Stormy Weather. And what an ending. It’s a wonderful country. Related articles How We Lived On It (51) – Route 66: The American Road (sadredearth.com)

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How We Lived On It (52) – Harlem Blues

June 9, 2012

. The vocal by Cynda Williams, the alternate “Acapulco version” of “Harlem Blues,” from Spike Lee‘s Mo’ Better Blues. Original music by the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard. This version substitutes strings. Video by MultiplicityMe2. Related articles 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Star-Studded Lineup (theurbanflux.com) Branford Marsalis goes green, finds his roots (mnn.com)

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Jazz Is: 39 – Blue Rondo à la Turk

May 11, 2012

. Giving Los Angeles (or West Coast) cool jazz a whole new meaning. These guys simply take wing. The Dave Brubeck Quartet on “The Lively Ones” television show, first broadcast July 25, 1962. Related articles Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet (npr.org) My music playlist for today (May 6, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com) Take Five by […]

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How We Lived On It (49) – The First Hippie

May 5, 2012

. “When I was young, I dreamed of a boy searching for God. Now I am old, and I dream of God searching for a boy.” The focus of yesterday’s Jazz Is, the vocal standard “Nature Boy,” was written by eden ahbez. This is not like saying written by Johnny Mercer or  Jimmy Van Heusen. ahbez […]

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Jazz Is: 38 – “Nature Boy”

May 4, 2012

. For a marvelous contrast, sample both of the versions below of eden ahbez‘s famous jazz ballad, “Nature Boy.” The first is a classic, serenely tasteful rendition by Nat King Cole, who first performed and recorded the song. The second, longer performance is the stunningly inventive rendition arranged by Ross Burford and Connaitre Miller for Howard University’s Jazz […]

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Jazz Is: 37 – Nina Simone, “Love Me or Leave Me”

April 26, 2012

. Just take this as an add shot to your morning espresso. Related articles Here, There & Everywhere: Jazz at the Federal opens (irom.wordpress.com) Jazz For Young People: What Is New Orleans Jazz? At Jazz At Lincoln Center (bxcheapskate.com) New Orleans Jazz Sensation’s New Album Highlights a Montage of Music Culture (pr.com)

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Jazz Is: 36 – White Tie & Reefer

April 18, 2012

. Cab Calloway and “Reefer Man.” My favorite part is watching his hair fly. And here’s a little background on the Cab: Prince before Prince. Related articles Cab Calloway Sings “Minnie The Moocher” (treeofmamre.wordpress.com) Video Proves The Power Of Music: Dementia Patient Loves His Cab Calloway (towleroad.com) Cab Calloway Song On iPod Awakens Senior In […]

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Jazz Is: 35 – Take Five Walla

March 24, 2012

Recorded at Sachal Studios, Lahore, Pakistan – the premiere of Take Five’s Official Video. www.sachal-music.com (Hat tip: friend Janet) Related articles CineFile – The City (sadredearth.com) Eating Poetry (XXX) – “Every telling has a tailing” (sadredearth.com)

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Jazz Is: 34 – ‘Poutin’

November 19, 2011

It was a foggy night. Or a long night, and my heart was foggy. The bright lights glared. The crazy cat stared. All around the city no one waited. From across the bay the foghorn made no call. I walked. Came to a club. Something moaned inside. I went in. There were smoke signals. Whiskey. […]

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Jazz Is: 33 – Occupy Love

October 29, 2011

. One of my occasional exceptions to the has-to-be-an-interesting-video rule. The last time I heard this, a couple of months ago, I was sitting in a storefront window on Ninth Avenue in Manhattan with a cup of coffee, thinking about love. There’s Wall Street and politics, and there’s real life, before, during, and after. A Billie Holiday original. Don’t bother. […]

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Jazz Is: 32 – Saxophone Colossus

September 23, 2011

. I’m feeling my power today. Sonny Rollins feels it everyday. Related articles Sonny Rollins, born 81 years ago today (barryraphael.wordpress.com) Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival – Sunday (irom.wordpress.com) This year’s Kennedy Center honorees announced (salon.com) Jazz Is: 31 – Freedom Day (sadredearth.com)

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Jazz Is: 31 – Freedom Day

August 19, 2011

I’m in need of musical awe today. I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time, meant to for the not long departed Abbley Lincoln’s 88th birthday almost two weeks ago. Here she is singing “Freedom Day,” with the great Max Roach on drums, Eddie Kahn on bass, Coleridge Perkins on Piano, and Clifford […]

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Jazz Is: 30 – My Funny Valentine

March 30, 2011

I periodically have to offer the disclaimer that while this series was conceived to offer interesting video of fine jazz performances, I do at times reserve the right and make the exception, under the Make the Exception clause, section 15, part B of the Reserve the Right rules of 2010, to be so bowled over […]

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Jazz Is: 29 – Dexter Gordon, “Body and Soul”

March 16, 2011

While I was laboring over the Wisconsin labor crisis and neglecting my regular features, Dexter Gordon, much beloved sax man, had a birthday. Gordon, who died in 1990, was born on February 27, 1923. Here is how his Wikipedia entry introduces him: Gordon is one of the most influential and iconic figures in Jazz and […]

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Jazz Is: 28 – The Grammys’ “Best New Artist”

February 16, 2011

If you came of age watching the Academy Awards play all hail Hollywood while the most innovative filmmaking was ignored, or the Grammy’s spend the 60s and 70s honoring mainstream bland while rock was busting out all over, Sunday night’s Grammy Awards delivered the pleasure of the voting membership delivering up its Best New Artist […]

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Jazz Is: 27 – In the Shape of Mood to Come

February 9, 2011

Only twenty years separate these two numbers. Glenn Miller‘s “In the Mood,” recorded in 1939, is one of the most famous pieces of the Swing, big band era. Here it is in a rendition led by Tex Beneke, who took charge of Miller’s orchestra in the immediate post-War years, after Miller disappeared in a flight […]

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