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Never Enough Rhodes

Hello, I'm looking for specific instrumental jazz/soul/hip hop tracks involving drums, rhodes keyboards and bass. THAT'S IT. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Streaming classical and jazz music.

I work from home—writing and various bits of research—and always have music on in the background. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Sep 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Style of music and recommendations for more? - Speakeasy Collective

I once was given an album called Speakeasy Collective, here. I can't find more. [more inside]
posted by jefflowrey on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers


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]
posted by keli on Jun 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Over 2000 Songs on Three And A Half Compact Discs For Only $2.98!!

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]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Apr 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Recommend to me some more early 20th century Asian music

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]
posted by Katemonkey on Mar 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Not quite my tempo.

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]
posted by querty on Feb 2, 2015 - 20 answers

What does GR-155 on this record refer to?

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.
posted by jwhite1979 on Dec 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Morbidfilter: What Jazz greats should I see live...before they die?

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?
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 15, 2014 - 31 answers

Help me identify this song I heard today: Jazz/blues, female singer

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]
posted by sucky_poppet on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Classical music recommendations for a listener of free jazz?

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.
posted by laze on Jul 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Awoken to Striking Chords of Gold

Can you help me find the song that rattled me yesterday morning? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me figure out what James 'Blood' Ulmer record this is.

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]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Identify old guitar

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.
posted by mr_rg on Mar 28, 2014 - 11 answers

In need of more doom-jazz along the lines of Bohren & der Club of Gore

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]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Feb 13, 2014 - 14 answers


Looking for suggestions for songs to ask our gypsy-jazz wedding band to play! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Feb 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Sunday Night Jazz in NY

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.
posted by SpaceWarp13 on Jan 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Best jazz Christmas records?

I like jazz, and I like Christmas music. Which jazz Christmas music would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Nov 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Trying to find a song...

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]
posted by SarahBellum on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Jazz ad lib tool

Know any free tools or software that will play a chord progression for me? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Sep 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Instrumental music for the four seasons

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]
posted by Infernarl on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Jazz for dark, lonely nights of the soul

Jazz songs like "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Theme for Lester Young" by Charles Mingus? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jun 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for awesome boogie piano

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.
posted by captainscared on Jun 15, 2013 - 11 answers

In need of awesome flute solos.

What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Lead Sheet for "Friends" by Chick Corea

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?
posted by MattMangels on May 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Smooth jazz for spring weddings?

Looking for jazz tracks to play at a wedding in mid-march. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Mar 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

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?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Southwest Christmas jazz?

I just heard a recognizable piece of music at a Christmas event, but can't name it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

What big band swing LPs, 45s, or artists would you recommend for a newb?

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]
posted by missed on Dec 9, 2012 - 14 answers

This sound is coming like a ghost sound.

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]
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Best Music Writing 2012

What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 16, 2012 - 7 answers

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time?

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]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Happy jazz music for cocktail hour

Please recommend your favorite upbeat, happy jazz songs. [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie on Aug 3, 2012 - 36 answers

Your favourite band might not suck as much as some people think.

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.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Where can I find more music like "What You Feel" from Once More, With Feeling?

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]
posted by johnofjack on May 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Music similar to Moanin Mambo by the Mingus Big Band

I'm looking for music recommendations similar to The Mingus Big Band playing Moanin' Mambo.
posted by drezdn on Apr 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Properly compressed current jazz and blues?

What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I get this jazzy lounge music from this Mad Men episode?

What was the music playing in the brothel scene in the latest Mad Men episode (Season 5 Episode 5 - 30 Signals)? [more inside]
posted by kookywon on Apr 16, 2012 - 2 answers


Looking for Jazz with lots of vibraphone and trombone, together on one album. [more inside]
posted by querty on Apr 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Retro pop suggestions?

I'm looking for recommendations of poppy jazz or maybe jazzy pop sort of (kind of) similar to older Hey Ocean! stuff. [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Apr 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Hardcore nap music.

Looking for some sleepy 1920's-1950's music. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Feb 11, 2012 - 18 answers

What Else is Like the Peter Gunn Theme?

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?
posted by musofire on Feb 2, 2012 - 27 answers

I want to be a Caretaker, too

Can you point me to music that is like The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

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?
posted by lipsum on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

How to transition from classical to jazz bass?

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]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How did jazz become upscale?

How did jazz become upscale? [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Jan 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me find the on-screen music from "Hugo" please!

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]
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare on Dec 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Female stage presence at the piano

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]
posted by ruelle on Dec 25, 2011 - 17 answers

What is the story of this Jazz story?

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]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Music like The Conversation soundtrack?

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]
posted by malapropist on Nov 5, 2011 - 17 answers

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