Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

Miles Davis

November 25, 2022

“If I couldn’t create there would be nothing for me to live for. It’s selfish, I know, but geniuses are selfish.”
Miles Davis

From the Jazz Hall of Fame series, produced by Quoted Studios and Jazz at Lincoln Center. From an interview with Ben Sidran. Directed by Patrick Smith; animated by Nate Milton.

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The Old Country

October 8, 2022

“The Old Country,” written by Nat Adderley and Curtis Lewis, with lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr., recorded by Nancy Wilson and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, 1961.

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Ramsey Lewis, 1935 — 2022

September 14, 2022

Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis died September 12th, at age 87. His lengthy career took off after a live recording of a 1964 performance at Washington DC’s Bohemian Caverns club was released in 1965. His jazz interpretation of “The ‘In’ Crowd” was a crossover hit, and won a Grammy award (he would win two more). He was accompanied by bassist Eldee Young and drummer Red Holt (they would later form Young-Holt Unlimited). Ramsey Lewis incorporated elements of blues and Gospel music in his playing, and was a major figure in the “Soul Jazz” movement.

More:

“Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Jazz Pianist Known for ‘The In Crowd,’ Dies at 87,” Michaela Zee, Variety

“Ramsey Lewis, NEA Jazz Master, Dies at 87,” DownBeat

“Ramsey Lewis, pianist with crossover hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” dies at 87,” Matt Schudel, Washington Post

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Let’s Fall In Love

August 28, 2022

“Let’s Fall In Love,” written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Ted Koehler, performed by Anita O’Day, 1963. Göran Engdahl (piano), Roman Dylag (bass), John Poole (drums).

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Why Try to Change Me Now

May 15, 2022

“Why Try to Change Me Now,” written by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy Jr., recorded by Loston Harris, 2010.

Loston Harris website

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Bird vs YouTube

April 13, 2022

YouTube’s frame rate tries to keep up with jazz great Charlie Parker‘s alto saxophone on “Bloomdido.” Video by Dan Cohen; transcription from Jamey Aebersold and Ken Slone’s Omnibook.

Related:

“Bird House,” NotionsCapital

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Bette Davis Eyes

April 3, 2022

“Bette Davis Eyes,” written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, recorded by Maureen Washington in 2016.

Maureen Washington website

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All Things Must Pass

March 20, 2022

“All Things Must Pass,” written by George Harrison, recorded by Joel Harrison et. al., 2005. Jen Chapin (vocal), Joel Harrison (guitar), David Liebman (soprano and tenor sax), David Binney  (alto sax), Uri Caine (piano), Stephan Crump (bass), Dan Weiss (drums), Todd Isler (percussion).

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Blue Christmas

December 21, 2021

“Blue Christmas,” written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, recorded by Joey DeFrancesco, 2014.

Joey DeFrancesco website

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Dave Frishberg (1933 — 2021)

December 3, 2021

“My Attorney Bernie,” written and recorded by Dave Frishberg, 1983. Dave Frishberg (vocal, piano), Steve Gilmore (bass), Bill Goodwin (drums).

“Dave Frishberg, songwriter with a gimlet eye and a tender heart, has died at 88,” James Gavin, WBGO

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