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Old 12-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #91
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Heard Take Five on the radio and knew something was off.

RIP Mr. Brubeck.
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Seriously though how good is Bitches Brew. Goddamn. It's become my go-to study/writing record.
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R.I.P. Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd | News | Pitchfork

Not many will know Donald Byrd by name, but this deserves mention. The man played in some great bands and is responsible for one of my all-time favorite jazz albums, Free Form. R.I.P.
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I've been listening to jazz records every night before bed. Puts me in a chill frame of mind.

Man, how brilliant is Miles' soundtrack to Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud? Remarkably evocative stuff. If walking through steamy alleyways in Paris at midnight is anything like listening to that album, it's a place I need to be. The ambiance of it is tangible.

I'm also greatly enjoying Destination Out by Jackie McLean. Vibes are a delightfully creepy instrument sometimes.
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I have heard Générique from that album, I believe it was on one of iYup's DI playlists. Good track.

I am frequently chuffed with myself that I listen to jazz. I'm one of the very, very few people my age I know who does. It feels cool.
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Man, how brilliant is Miles' soundtrack to Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud? Remarkably evocative stuff. If walking through steamy alleyways in Paris at midnight is anything like listening to that album, it's a place I need to be. The ambiance of it is tangible.
It is a brilliant piece (for a great film, by the way). To think that they basically created it on the spot in front of a projection, using just some basic chord progressions, speaks of Miles' immense talent.

I've been on a Bill Evans mood lately. The Village Vanguard recordings are a masterpiece of piano jazz.

I also recommend Cannonball Adderley's Something Else, with Miles, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Bakley - a great ensemble. Their Autumn Leaves rendition is beautiful, especially Miles' solo (which I've transcribing lately). Such a masterful use of space and simplicity.
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I have heard Générique from that album, I believe it was on one of iYup's DI playlists. Good track.
It was and is one of my very favorite Miles tracks.

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I also recommend Cannonball Adderley's Something Else, with Miles, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Bakley - a great ensemble. Their Autumn Leaves rendition is beautiful, especially Miles' solo (which I've been transcribing lately). Such a masterful use of space and simplicity.
Great album. Miles and Blakey together was one hell of a duo.
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I`ve been revisiting Miles Live At The The Plugged Nickel.I love hearing drummer Tony Williams live.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:48 PM   #99
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Has anyone heard Brad Mehldau's side project Mehliana? Their album Taming the Ground is gorgeous. Without wanting to sound hyperbolic, this is contemporary jazz's equivalent of Bitches Brew, I'd say.

Mehliana (Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana) - Just Call Me Nige (Live) - YouTube
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My recommendation for the Jazz would be a complete overhaul of the roster.
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I like Flying Lotus a great deal. Until The Quiet Comes was really solid, and I go back to it often still. I haven't heard Los Angeles and 1983 yet, though. Will give the other bands a try, thanks for recommending.

I feel that there's a lot of stuff being produced that is just hard to get - and as you said a lot of jazz influences can probably be felt in some electronic music.

One of my favorite things about New York is that the jazz scene is still vibrant, with several clubs having top-notch programmes every week. Some of it is still driven by the big names (like Wynton Marsalis), but from time to time you come across a youngish musician.

Just because I'm a bit obsessed with Brad Mehldau right now, here's an amazing cover. My right hand hurts just by watching him play this (it's also remarkable how he can easily improvise melodies with both hands at the same time).

Brad Mehldau plays Bittersweet Symphony (Jazz à Vienne 2010) - YouTube
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I like Flying Lotus a great deal. Until The Quiet Comes was really solid, and I go back to it often still. I haven't heard Los Angeles and 1983 yet, though. Will give the other bands a try, thanks for recommending.

I feel that there's a lot of stuff being produced that is just hard to get - and as you said a lot of jazz influences can probably be felt in some electronic music.

One of my favorite things about New York is that the jazz scene is still vibrant, with several clubs having top-notch programmes every week. Some of it is still driven by the big names (like Wynton Marsalis), but from time to time you come across a youngish musician.

Just because I'm a bit obsessed with Brad Mehldau right now, here's an amazing cover. My right hand hurts just by watching him play this (it's also remarkable how he can easily improvise melodies with both hands at the same time).

Brad Mehldau plays Bittersweet Symphony (Jazz à Vienne 2010) - YouTube
Oh cool man, can't remember if I'd seen you talk about him or not. Cosmogramma is his masterpiece if you ask me, though Los Angeles and 1983 are both great too.

This song, from his Pattern+Grid World EP, is one of my fav tracks of his and one of my fav videos of all time.

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I remember a conversation I had with iYup once about the state of jazz in modern music. Like it kind of completely disappeared off the map... in the 50s, 60s, 70s, I mean, there's a classic jazz album being released just about every week. But somewhere along the line it fell off the perch. Maybe there was nowhere to go.

But iYup was saying that if Miles was around today he'd be playing this sort of electro-infused jazz. Jazz can still be found on a lot of records, it's just sort of merged with electronica.
Looking around the music landscape the last few years, I think there is a fair amount of jazz influence. Interesting though that it's now taking the form of 30s-60s vocal jazz. Julia Holter comes to mind, and I think Kanye had a track on Yeezus that heavily sampled Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." Xiu Xiu also just put out a Nina Simone covers album.
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About that dwindling modern jazz scene...

The new BADBADNOTGOOD album is unbelievable, just like the last one. It's all original material this time, but they absolutely pull it off.
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