Archive for July, 2010

1 + 1 = 3, Part 2

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

p.s. I forgot the whole point of my previous post. Compare “Gut Bucket Blues” and then “Ko-Ko” from my earlier post. See how far (out) American Jazz got in only 25 years. Hot damn! Louis Armstrong meets Charlie Parker and Diz. Makes one think of Brahms meeting Stravinski. :-)

4th of July: Free at Last

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Happy Independence day. One of the best manifestations of American “freedom” is our native music: Jazz. Another kind of chamber music indeed: small ensemble “art” music that, in less than 100 years of recorded history, demonstrates all the exploration, innovation, technicality and genius of the most august sustained musical tradition. Out of the early chaos of recorded jazz, here is a prime contender for the first “cut” you might dare to encounter. Hats off to New Orleans and Chicago.Happy 4th of July!

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Bird is the Word

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Bird is the word. Thinking about music other than chamber music today. Or wait, is this chamber music too? 1947, modern jazz is fully launched. This is a seminal recording. Magnificent. The dawn of potent new genre. Much like Beethoven, this music still and perhaps will eternally sound “modern.”
Re-bop, Be-bop!

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