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Jazz songs I should know about?

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

  1. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    Also not enough of Bird so far - after all, this guy WAS one of the top innovators ever in jazz:

    He gave Miles his big break, BTW.

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  2. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    Another thing - mention of Joe Pass made me think - ever notice how many jazz guitar players are Italian American?

    Joe Pass (real name Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua)

    Gene Bertoncini

    Jimmy Bruno

    Al Caiola

    Eddie Lang (Salvatore Massaro)

    Frank Zappa

    John Petrucci

    Al Di Meola

    Bucky and John Pizzarelli

    Tony Mottola

    Teddy Powell (Teodoro Paolella)

    Pat Martino

    Carmen Mastren (Carmine Mastrandrea)

    Remo Palmier(i)

    John Pisano

    Tommy Tedesco

    John Tropea

    Frank Vignola

    Al Viola

    Steve Cardenas

    John Carlini

    Bill DeArango

    Joe Diorio

    Joe Cinderella

    Chielli Minucci

    Ken Navarro

    Joe Negri

    Sal Salvador

    makers D'Angelico, D'Aquisto, and Monteleone

    e tutti
  3. Guitarhacker

    Guitarhacker Strat-Talker

    Apr 19, 2013
    Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius.

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  4. Guitarhacker

    Guitarhacker Strat-Talker

    Apr 19, 2013
    There are those that can't stand Jazz Fusion but its got some of my favorite guitar work.

    Robben Ford's work with the Yellow Jackets is some of my favorite.

    This is from a live performance album "Casino Lights."

    The Yellowjackets first album.

    Larry Carlton
    His first major label solo album Room 335

    From Strikes Twice

    From Sleep Walk
  5. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    @Guitarhacker Will we get in trouble for talking fusion? We might.

    Yeah, a bunch of good stuff there GH. A lot of that mirrors what always appealed most to me. Oddly, my kid likes a lot of the same fusion that I did and he never heard me play any of it, or even heard me listen to it. Makes you wonder.
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  6. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 30, 2013
    SE England

    Wow! So much music to check out. This album totally blew me away when I first heard it back in the day. Until then, even the most 'progressive' rock I'd listened to was basically evolved from the blues, or from 'pop', which I eventually came to understand sometimes had the more sophisticated arrangements. (Listen to Burt Bacharach for proof of that.)

    I had no idea what The Mahavishnu Orchestra were doing when I first heard them. I only knew that this was really exciting. It was probably Mahavishnu and Django that opened my ears.
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  7. archetype

    archetype Strat-O-Master

    Nov 26, 2016
    Williamsville NY
    The Time Out album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Stealth jazz for people who "don't like jazz." Time Out, the song, is the most recognized jazz song, internationally, even if people don't know the title of the song.

    Every song a winner. The time signatures will stretch your musical abilities. Fabulous music recorded with beautiful, warm, open tone on state of the art 1950's equipment and people who knew how to get it done.
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  8. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.

    And I got to see the Maestro Live last Monday night. His Mahavishnu set was just amazing! My buddy said “ Remember when we used to listen to that everyday? No wonder no body liked us!” Such intense stuff.
  9. carolinaeasy

    carolinaeasy Senior Stratmaster

    I was going to post this same suggestion myself. I have recently started the Ken Burns Jazz series myself and have found some artists I had never heard of (most notably Bubber Miley that gut-busting muted trombone is my thing that I never knew I had!) I would also suggest getting an Amazon Prime, or spotify, or some other music streaming service so you can listen to many of these albums without having to purchase them until you are sure you will like them.
    If you have a vinyl record player, I would suggest going to some places that sell records cheap and dive through. I found my copy of *****'s Brew for $3, and a great copy of "The Bird" some of Charlie Parkers greatest hits for $1. There are some steals if you know what you are after.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2017
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  10. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I can assure you, sir, that I have always been a billy without any hills at all.
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  11. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    that's a cool sound - and where the wah-wah pedal comes from sonically - but Miley was the trumpet player, Tricky Sam Nanton was the trombone player.

    "Together with Ellington's trumpeter Bubber Miley, Nanton is largely responsible for creating the characteristic Wah-wah, or wa-wa, effect. Their highly expressive growl and plunger sounds were the main ingredient in the band's early “jungle” sound that evolved during the band's late 1920s engagement at Harlem's "Cotton Club". According toBarney Bigard, “...he [Joe Nanton] grabbed his plunger. He could use that thing, too. It talked to you. I was sitting there, looking up at him, and every time he'd say 'wa-wa,' I was saying 'wa-wa' with my mouth, following him all the way through.”[""Bubber"_Miley
  12. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter


    "I love it! I'm having the jazz, jazz, jazz, jazz, beans and jazz."
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