Amph Official Jazz and Blues Appreciation Thread (was: JCC, I need your infinite wisdom)

Discussion in 'Community' started by LandoSystem1138, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Complete Decca Recordings - Count Basie. Three years, three discs, mind officially blown.
  2. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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  3. Crash_Davis Jedi Grand Master

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    I agree with rummy on this issue.

    B.B. King.
  4. Darth_wanderguard Force Ghost

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    Dude, Howlin' Wolf. The man was a beast. Music starts around 40 seconds.

    Also, Son House. Watching the way he flails that resonator, I don't know how his hands didn't fall off.
  5. Crash_Davis Jedi Grand Master

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    John Lee Hooker.

    One night I was layin' in my bed,
    I heard Papa tell Mama to let that boy boogie woogie.
    Cause it's in him,
    and it got to come out.


    :cool:
  6. Darth_wanderguard Force Ghost

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    I've quoted those lyrics in every day conversation, Crash, and people just look at me like an idiot.
  7. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    Some people just don't know the deal bud.
  8. DT421 Force Ghost

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  9. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    I know I'm responding about a month late, but what are your thoughts on the PMG album The Way Up?
  10. GrandAdmiralPelleaon Force Ghost

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    Junior Kimbrough. Very hypnotic blues stuff, the Black Keys did a tribute album to him a few years back, Chulahoma. ( Same song by the Black Keys).

    I'd definitely echo Blind Will McTell and Blind Willie Johnson as suggestions, as well as John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf. Can't go wrong with Charley Patton either.

    Just to throw out a little known one here, El Fish. Crazy harmonica playing, not quite sure where you could find their music though. I suppose some file sharing site will have it.

    P.S. Pat Metheny is quite overrated in my eyes. I saw him live a couple of times, and he's entertaining, sure, but he's lacking soul for me.
  11. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    He's a very cool player, but I'm not sure I'd personally say that he lacks soul. Have you heard Song X, his collaboration with Ornette Coleman? It reveals some sides of his playing that aren't as apparent in his work with PMG.
  12. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I recommend The Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson to anyone who'll listen. I wish gospel music was still this great.

    Also, I think no one has mentioned Miles Davis' E.S.P. yet. It's lesser, but great.

    And Jimmy Smith's Back at the Chicken Shack is one of the best jazz albums I've ever heard; he rescues the organ from kitsch and makes it just . . . my God. The current CD reissue has the most gorgeous version of The Sunny Side of the Street I've ever heard on it.

    And, oh, yeah, Louis Armstrong's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man! Four great CDs.
  13. Dearly_Beheaded Jedi Knight

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    Bitches Brew is a kick ass album.

    For blues Melvin Taylor rules.
  14. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Is it just me or is Bitches Brew one of the least accessible albums of all time? I think better start with Kind of Blue and then E.S.P. and then My Funny Valentine or Porgy and Bess and maybe then try Bitches Brew. Actually, I still loathed Bitches Brew when I finally heard it; oh, well, I'll try again one day. Maybe I'll hear Plugged Nickel first. :p
  15. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    Bitches Brew is definitely a difficult work, but I think if listened to with the right mindset it can be quite revelatory, showcasing the versatility of both jazz and rock, and how they can be combined to create something that is neither jazz nor rock but something else entirely.

    I think it may sound shocking to the unprepared listener because, though it is a fusion of rock and jazz, it's musical antecedents could be more clearly said to be the modernist and serialist work being done in the field of contemporary classical music, with heavy doses of avant-garde and free jazz. Because these musical frameworks (or lack thereof) don't really come from the mainstream of jazz or rock, the music on Bitches Brew can be quite bewildering, even if you are more familiar with the contexts and idioms the work draws from.
  16. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    For you DT;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVR8lg1YLuc
  17. DT421 Force Ghost

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  18. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Crazy double post.

    I watched "The Howling Wolf Story" a few weeks back. Lots of interviews with family, friends and of course Hubert Sumlin. Well worth seeking out the doco if you can find it. [face_whistling]
  19. DT421 Force Ghost

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    Rhonda and I got to see Hubert play with Pinetop Perkins at Memphis In May last year.

    What a great night that was.
  20. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Wow. Have you ever / did you ever see Chuck berry and/or Johnnie Johnson?

    Amazingly Chuck still tours and has a monthly regular gig at some restaurant in St Loius I believe.
  21. DT421 Force Ghost

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    Unfortunately, no.

    I believe Chuck plays a casino town near Memphis called Tunica, Mississippi. But St Louis is only about a 3 to 4 hour drive from us, so there is no excuse not to see Chuck really. :p
  22. harpua Chosen One

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    I saw Chuck Berry open for Grateful Dead in 1995. :cool:
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  23. DT421 Force Ghost

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    How much do you remember? :p
  24. harpua Chosen One

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    The peak was amazing.
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  25. DT421 Force Ghost

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    Sweet.

    I saw the Allman Brothers years ago... apparently Blues Traveler opened for them. I don't remember. :p