This form of percussive rhythm is similar to the " boom-chick " in bluegrass styles; it is what gives the music its fast swinging feeling, and it most often emphasizes beats two and four; a vital feature of swing.
The response was enthusiastic, and it reminded us that a great many of you share our love of jazz. It got us thinking: Why not gather the material from our favorite jazz posts into one place?
So today we're happy to bring you ten great performances from ten legendary artists. We begin with Billie Holiday above singing her painful signature song of racism and murder, "Strange Fruit.
Holiday first recorded "Strange Fruit" in and continued to sing it, despite some resistance, for the rest of her life. The performance above was taped in London for the Granada TV program Chelsea at Nine in February ofjust five months before Holiday's untimely death at the age of Dave Brubeck Performs 'Take Five,' The legendary pianist Dave Brubeck died earlier this month, just one day short of his 92nd birthday.
For more on Brubeck, including a delightful clip of the elderly master improvising with a young Russian violinist at the Moscow Conservatory, see our Dec.
Baker sings and plays the flugelhorn. For more of Baker's music and a poignant look at his troubled life, be sure to see our post, Let's Get Lost: With only two good fretting fingers on his left hand, gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt created one of the most distinctive instrumental styles in 20th century music.
A highly original blending of hard bop and free jazz with spiritual overtones, the album is recognized as a landmark in jazz history. The Smithsonian Institution declared it a national treasure.
But Coltrane reportedly played the material only once in public, at a concert in Antibes, France. Acknowledgement" from the four-part composition.
To watch and listen as the band plays "Part 2: Most of the great performances on this page were preserved by government-funded broadcasting companies, particularly in Europe. Left to its own devices, the "invisible hand" of the television marketplace was fairly content to ignore jazz and allow its great artists to pass unnoticed and unrecorded.
A notable exception to this trend was made by the CBS producer Robert Herridge, who had the vision and foresight to organize an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater--a program normally devoted to the storytelling arts--around the music of Miles Davis.
In an extraordinary minute broadcast, shown above in its entirety, Davis performs with members of his "first great quintet" John Coltrane on tenor and alto saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums and with the Gil Evans Orchestra.
A sixth member of the smaller combo by that time it had grown to a sextetalto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderly, can be seen briefly but doesn't play due to a splitting migraine headache. The broadcast took place between recording sessions for Davis's landmark album, Kind of Blue.
The set list is: Here's a great half-hour set by Thelonious Monk and his quartet, recorded by Danish television on April 17, They play three songs--"Lulu's Back in Town," "Don't Blame Me" and "Epistrophy"--with Monk giving the others plenty of room to solo as he gets up from the piano to do his stiff, idiosyncratic dance.
For more on Monk, see our post on the extraordinary documentary film, Thelonious Monk: Bill Evans on the Jazz show, The two minute programs are shown above, back-to-back.
Two Sets by the Legendary Combo. In April of the great bassist and composer Charles Mingus and his experimental combo, The Jazz Workshop, embarked on a three-week tour of Europe that is remembered as one of the high-water marks in Mingus's career.
Mingus and the band play three songs: A sixth member, trumpeter Johnny Coles, was forced to drop out of the band after he collapsed onstage two nights earlier. For more of Mingus's music and a look at his troubled life, see our Aug.Hugo Reviewed by Dan Lybarger.
Hugo may be based on Brian Selznick’s enchanting book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but it winds up playing more like a heartfelt thank you letter that director Martin Scorsese has written to his predecessors in the attheheels.comully what he’s made on his own is worthy of the artists he wants to celebrate.
Michael Dregni, whose biography Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend was a US bestseller, says interest in the guitarist has risen in recent years. Famous Gypsies. In this page we present some famous people who are/were Roma or have/had Romany ancestry. Since the list would be quite long, we do not include here Flamenco artists, as their belonging to the Gitanos people is well-known and only few of them are not Roma.
JRR DISC 1. Artist Art Pepper.
Title Straight Life. Composer Pepper. Album Four Classic Albums. Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz generally accepted to have been started by the Romani guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in Paris during the s.
Because its origins are in France, and Reinhardt was from the Manouche Roma clan, gypsy jazz is often called by the French name "jazz manouche", or alternatively, "manouche jazz" in English language sources.
Had never heard of Mr. Reinhardt previously but if you're a fan of guitar, jazz, the blues, or rock you need to know who he is and listen to his music.