On an episode of The Cosby Show, Stevie Wonder asked Theo Huxtable what he would say if he was at a party. His answer was "Jammin on the one". But what does it mean? [more inside]
Inspired by a recent FPP, I went to iTunes to buy Charles Mingus' Ah Um. I found the standard 12-track album (9 original, 3 new) for $9.99, a $16.99 50th Anniversary Edition (24 tracks), a $4.99 album (9 original tracks), and also for $4.99, Charles Mingus Complete Recordings: 1957 - 1960, a 9-album, 68-song collection including the 9 original Ah Um tracks. Being
no dummy cheap, I got the latter, and am now wondering if there are any other festivals of musical bargains which may be lurking on the iTunes, and have some other questions about how to tell a good compilation from bad, and the differences in editions and releases of the same albums. [more inside]
So I've been obsessed with Legend of Korra (shock, I know), and part of the reason I love it so much is the Art Deco/Jazz Age style in an East Asian setting. I want to get more into the actual historical sources and music for that era. I've found a collection of pre-war Japanese albums, but can anyone recommend to me more musicians or collections I should be looking into? [more inside]
Just finished watching Whiplash and I would like to know what are some of the fastest Big Band Jazz recordings the world has ever heard? [more inside]
Yesterday I picked up a 180 gram 1995 pressing of A Love Supreme for fifteen bucks. Happy day. Prominant on the spine is printed "GR-155". What does this number refer to? Seems like an awfully conspicuous placement for it to be just a Impulse! catalogue number.
So I was lucky enough to see Ray Charles before he died at the Hollywood Bowl. And Sarah Vaughn at the Blue Note in the 80's. And Ella at Radio City around the same time. But I never got to see Sinatra. Or Sammy. Or Nina Simone. Largely because I couldn't afford it. So now it occurs to me I can. And Southwest tickets aren't that expensive if I want to go anywhere in the US. So who should I see among the greats - who are still out there playing - before it's too late?
I heard a song this morning as I pulled into my work and didn't hear the end of it as I was running a bit late and figured I could Google it later. Well, that didn't work, so now I'm asking you guys. [more inside]
I listen to a very wide variety of music, but one giant gap in my knowledge is classical music. I'm looking for recommendations for classical music to check out (either specific albums, works, or composers). To narrow it down a bit, how about something from any era that would be of interest to someone with an appreciation for avant-garde/free jazz from the 60s (think Coleman, later Coltrane, Shepp, Taylor... heck, even Brotzmann)? And preferably music that's available on streaming services.
Can you help me find the song that rattled me yesterday morning? [more inside]
What James 'Blood' Ulmer record has a photo on the back of him and his band wearing African attire and looking tough? My boyfriend wistfully mentioned having owned it and I'd love to pick up a copy for his birthday. [more inside]
Hello , can you please help me finding out more about this old guitar. I think it might be a Jazz guitar, my grandpa bought it second hand around 1958. If you read closely on the neck it says "Trademark Clove" and something else unreadable. Here is a couple of images: Guitar 1 Guitar 2 Guitar 3 Guitar 4 It is still playable and sounds good to.
I've been listening to pretty much nothing but Bohren for about a week, and need more music in a similar vein: extremely slow and at least somewhat jazzy. Details regarding what I already know/like below the fold. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for songs to ask our gypsy-jazz wedding band to play! [more inside]
I have a date with my visiting from out of town stepsister this Sunday and she wants to go see some live jazz but nothing too avant guard. Please help me look cool by recommending somewhere we could go. She's a music teacher and plays a couple instruments so unlike me she probably knows good from bad. Nice cocktails would be a plus and ideally not to far out as she's staying at a hotel in Times Square.
I like jazz, and I like Christmas music. Which jazz Christmas music would I enjoy? [more inside]
Years ago on some local radio station I heard a silly jazz song with a guy singing about being surprised to encounter a bald woman. The chorus went something like, "Well, looky there. She didn't have no hair.....no hair up there." [more inside]
Know any free tools or software that will play a chord progression for me? [more inside]
I am working on a playlist for a restaurant. I would like suggestions of instrumental music that evokes summer, fall, winter and spring. I tried some tropical music by Martin Denny which worked really well for summer. It is a Japanese restaurant in Japan. I think that jazz is the best match for the restaurant so I am looking for mostly jazz suggestions. See the current playlist linked below [more inside]
Jazz songs like "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Theme for Lester Young" by Charles Mingus? [more inside]
I'm looking for excellent piano tracks, particularly boogie woogie and rag time. I'm looking for upbeat songs that have rhythm. I tend to like early rock and jazz not electronica. Songs that come to mind are Duke Ellington's Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, anything by Booker T and the MGs. That kind of thing. Vocals are optional. Thanks.
What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
Where can I find a lead sheet for the song "Friends" by Chick Corea? Even better, where can I find transcriptions of the flute and piano solos in that song?
Looking for jazz tracks to play at a wedding in mid-march. [more inside]
I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
I just heard a recognizable piece of music at a Christmas event, but can't name it. [more inside]
I would like to explore the world of (classic) big band swing music. What LPs, 45s, or artists would you recommend for a newb? [more inside]
What do the cool dead kids listen to? I'm looking for vintage spooky pop with a particular flavor: that sparse, echo-y Day-O/Ghost Town mournful message from beyond-the-grave sound. With a beat. [more inside]
What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite upbeat, happy jazz songs. [more inside]
For me Miles Davis Bitch's Brew is the epitome of good driving fusion /jazz / rock. Help me push the envelope. I remember some Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Weather Report, John McLaughlin. I need more of this good music in my life.
I'd like to find more music like the song "What You Feel" from the episode "Once More, With Feeling" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [more inside]
I'm looking for music recommendations similar to The Mingus Big Band playing Moanin' Mambo.
What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
What was the music playing in the brothel scene in the latest Mad Men episode (Season 5 Episode 5 - 30 Signals)? [more inside]
Looking for Jazz with lots of vibraphone and trombone, together on one album. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations of poppy jazz or maybe jazzy pop sort of (kind of) similar to older Hey Ocean! stuff. [more inside]
Looking for some sleepy 1920's-1950's music. [more inside]
The "Pink Panther" theme and the "Peter Gunn" theme are both jazz pieces created by Henry Mancini in the 1960's. But musically, how are they similar? If I add Lalo Schifrin's "Mission Impossible" theme ... is this a particular flavor or genre of jazz? If I like these as music, what other pieces (that are not necessarily theme songs) would I like?
Can you point me to music that is like The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World? [more inside]
Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
I am a classically trained bassist that wants to learn jazz and get over my fear of improvisation. How can I practice in my spare time to further this goal? [more inside]
How did jazz become upscale? [more inside]
Any idea how to acquire the source music from the new Scorsese film Hugo? The stuff the band is playing in the cafe and party scenes, in other words? [more inside]
Help me find video clips of female jazz pianists with stage presence! I'm looking for moments where the camera captures the stage presence of jazz ladies at the piano, their entrance, how they carry themselves, their hands on the keys, their interaction with their band-members, their final bow, everything. Thank you. [more inside]
Somewhere in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, a musician who played with John Coltrane remembers a story about Coltrane defending one of his musicians with violence in some way, and then ends the story with the punchline: "You have to be willing to Die for a motherfucker." Who was that speaking? [more inside]
Hey, did you ever see The Conversation? Remember how the soundtrack was mostly one dude on a piano? Can you recommend more music to me like that, where it's really engaging and moody like The Conversation soundtrack, but it's also just one guy? [more inside]
First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
What music should a New Orleans noob go see this weekend? [more inside]