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Jazz songs I should know about?

Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by tschucha, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    That is a shame.

    Time to start listening!

    Thanks fezz parka for FINALLY getting to the real issue.

    Jazz existed BEFORE bebop, Miles, etc. It was even popular then!

    But there would have been NO Miles Davis without Louis Armstrong.

    His success as a popular entertainer, and his loveable image as the guy with the gruff voice that sang pretty tunes, has overshadowed his importance as THE FIRST GREAT JAZZ IMPROVISER.

    On trumpet (cornet) and vocals.

    No Louis - no Miles, no Monk, no Bird, no Wes, none of them. I love "modern" jazz and all the recordings mentioned have a lot of merit, but I am appalled that so many of you completely ignore the first part of jazz's musical history as do so many jazz fans these days.

    So you want to learn about jazz from the root source?

    Check this out:









    The Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong_Hot_Five_and_Hot_Seven_Sessions

    "The Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions were recorded between 1925 and 1928 by Louis Armstrong with his Hot Five and Hot Seven groups. According to the National Recording Registry,[1] "Louis Armstrong was jazz's first great soloist and is among American music's most important and influential figures. These sessions, his solos in particular, set a standard musicians still strive to equal in their beauty and innovation.""
     
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  2. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Next, other than mention of Charlie Christian, what about all the songs of the big band era?

    Ellington, Basie, Goodman, the Dorseys, Miller, and all the other great bands that were also the most popular music in America at the time. Jazz has NEVER been that popular since.











    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM-kpxelWkM

    and lots more.....
     
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  3. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    No, it certainly isn't.

    Champagne, caviar, brandy, fine cigars, a good martini, flying first class, designer clothes, fine cars, gourmet food are not compulsory either.
     
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  4. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California

    Great list.

    The only thing is is short on is swing era standards, although several are on the list. But they basically do the same stuff harmonically so the concept is very sound.
     

  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    but man cannot live on

    potnoodles.jpg
    forever. :D

    Big band swing, love it :)
     
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  6. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Well, it's to be expected. There was a thread a while back where someone liked Joe Bonamassa's cover of Long Distance Blues. When I said I preferred T-Bone Walker's, the response was that the old stuff didn't hold any intetest for this person. I like to hear where stuff came from, other people like what they like and where it came from doesn't matter. Both outlooks are valid, its just that one of them doesn't make any sense to me. LOL
     
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  7. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I have no idea what this is supposed to convey. I have zero interest in anything on that list.
     
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  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    It's conveys that there are different ideas of what is "essential".

    Flying first class is pretty cool. :D
     
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  9. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I live a monastic existence. Apparently.
     
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  10. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Obviously I was equating jazz with the finer things in life!
     
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  11. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oh. Like tacos, mexican beer, cats, solid state amps and Jazz III picks? I get it.
     

  12. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California

    Yeah!

    Like fresh fish tacos (or shredded beef or carnitas or al pastor or whatever) with your choices of salsas, Dos Equis or Negro Modelo, CATS! (I have one that owns me), my Yamaha G-100 III vintage SS amp, those cool little pointy picks, etc.
     
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  13. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Odd fact: Dos Equis goes really well with blackened fish.
     
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  14. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Hillbilly. :D
     
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  15. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    @davidKOS I agree about Armstrong but, didnt give my opinion to appall you. Was giving my opinion.
     
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  16. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    FWIW, he said "so many of you". Valid observation in my view.

    To paraphrase Michael Corleone:

    Its not personal, it's just music. :)
     
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  17. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 31, 2011
    Austin
    I haven't read through all of the replies but in case someone didn't mention him...I'm going to say Joe Pass
     
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  18. GuitarPix

    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 21, 2013
    Calgary
    I grew up on jazz and find that when jazz comes up on my playlist or on my radio - it's like a fresh breath of air, it cleans my soul. But not everyone feels that way. I particularly dislike what has become of modern abstract jazz - the kind that just sounds like a house under construction with a big crew. But there's some great artists doing wonderful things as well. Oddly I can't play it worth $#**. But then I never really tried until recently so I'm working on it.

    That said - my recommendations are;

    Pat Metheny, "Are you going with me", played really loud - seriously, needs to be loud. On a stereo preferably but headphones if you have to.

    Many have mentioned Kind of Blue - killer album.

    If you get the chance, go see Bill Frisell - don't listen to an album by him - go see him. That was life altering for me. Doesn't come across on album quite as well until you've seen him.

    A recent group that's caught my ear is Snarky Puppy - they don't see themselves as jazz, but I think they are - mixed with hip hop and 'electronica' that isn't electronica. Listen to the video on headphones.





     
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  19. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Funny - later in the book the Don tells Michael that "it's all personal".

    Hey, everyone is entitled to like what they like (or dislike as the case may be).

    I just like to see ALL eras of jazz get a fair shake.
     
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  20. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    I think he was mentioned by Jazzant85 but you can't get enough of Joe Pass:





     
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