Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged |
<   >   1 2 3 4
 
*** ﹝請按主旨作出回應﹞ ***
主旨寄件者更新日期
回覆 (83): Get down on Urban Grooves!
 
would you call this jazz?  
 
tenfingers
10-09-21
13:40:29
回覆 (82): Get down on Urban Grooves!
非常激烈的爵士樂  
......................................................................................................  
 
I suppose it highly depends on your preference......  
If you like swing, avant garde is noise....  
If you like free, west coast is boring.....  
 
I personally put much emphasis on quality of improvsation......and ignore sturcture and arrangement...  
 
Recently found that early Roger Kellaway is quite good...!! But I think he don't has many recodings at or before 60's.....  
 
I forget which one is my most favorite Keith's recording..... but among my collection are Standards, Vol. 1 ,2 Live, Still Live, Whisper Not, at the Blue Note, My foolish Heart.....  
 
Many years ago, I have The Köln Concert, but finally I sold it... I really don't like newage feeling with improvisation not my cup of tea.....  
 
Let's share~~~~~  
 
^^  
 
 
hiphopzz
10-09-21
11:12:47
回覆 (81): Get down on Urban Grooves!
 
hiphopzz 兄,  
 
please show us some 非常激烈的爵士樂, 萬分期待呀!  
 
 
 
tenfingers
10-09-20
21:22:05
回覆 (80): Get down on Urban Grooves!
 
hiphopzz, good to have you join in. As you can see, usually just jules and I babbling on in our own strange ways . In any case, before we go further on Jarrett's work, be helpful to know what are some of your favorite Keith Jarrett recording(s)? And the very newage sound you were referring to, any particular tracks?  
 
 
kris
10-09-20
21:00:54
回覆 (79): Get down on Urban Grooves!
I like Kieth in Trio much much more than in his solo...  
 
Keith without teamate performed very newage....  
 
And his recent albums, so far for those I have listened, are disappointing.....  
 
hiphopzz
10-09-20
18:03:25
回覆 (78): Get down on Urban Grooves!
 
 
 
No matter how dissatisfied you were with Keith Jarrett recent albums, this is a must to listen.  
 
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________  
 
 
Thanks for the tip. Will do! I am not against Jarrett, musically, I like him best playing solo (or duet with the right partner). The chemistry of a Jazz trio is much like the concept of any relationship - better off by yourself than with the wrong person(s). On appreciation, jules, you always have an unique eye in jazz, I still follow Danielsson's work since the "TIME" Cd you gave me while back, long before anyone in Hong Kong even heard of him. Picked up some of his more recent stuff, they're Ok but his old work has greater impact. Been spending time with a pile of strange music (more comments later), caught some great tracks on "The House of Urban Grooves", the best original sound from America in recent years.  
 
Photobucket  
 
 
kris
10-09-14
07:44:31
回覆 (77): Jazz update on Louie Shelton
 
 
 
I must be the lucky guy who got this USD118. cd as a gift!  
 
______________________________________________________________  
 
 
jules, I too was shocked by the price, wanted to get another one for a friend. Btw, $118 USD is the cheapest offer for a NOS Shelton CD, goes up to $265 USD!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0000061H1/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&condition=all
kris
10-09-14
07:07:03
回覆 (76): Jazz update on Louie Shelton
 
 
kris, thanks for the Shelton video. I must be the lucky guy who got this USD118. cd as a gift!  
 
Now here is a jazz cd that I really enjoy recently, Jasmine by Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - ECM.  
 
No matter how dissatisfied you were with Keith Jarrett recent albums, this is a must to listen.  
 
http://www.amazon.com/Jasmine-Keith-Jarrett/dp/B0038QGXHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1284388118&sr=8-1  
 
jules
10-09-13
22:49:48
回覆 (75): Jazz update on Louie Shelton
 
 
 
 
 
 
Check out the smoooooth finger-work........  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
kris
10-09-13
08:22:23
回覆 (74): Jazz update on Louie Shelton
 
 
My ride at the time was a 1967 Rambler, except it was in a beautiful " shit brown" color, and a little less happy looking as the one in this pic.
kris
10-09-13
07:53:02
回覆 (73): Jazz update from old notes on Louie Shelton
 
 
 
 
 
The Hot & Spicy is now selling on Amazon for $118 USD!!
kris
10-09-13
07:44:38
回覆 (72): Jazz update from old notes on Louie Shelton
 
 
 
In early 80s, spent a great deal of my summer holidays driving from Canada down the coast of California. While on the road, listening to the Jazz programs on FM radio was a real treat with plenty of great interviews. Still recall a very funny one with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen arguing with Walter Becker on their disagreement in the final mix for their album 'Aja' (they argued lots and constantly found themselves in law suits including one with Keith Jarrett ). In any case, between these interviews, they played music from less known jazz artists and one in particular had really unique guitar 'riffs'. And for the life of me, I wanted to find out who the guy was but kept missing his name every time when the station announced it (really pissed me off too). The name turned out to be Louie Shelton.  
 
From the 50s, Shelton played flamenco / Jazz guitar in recording studios around Hollywood, many refer him as the 'ace' in the recording business. He played and made more hits than any other studio guitarist in history - John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Boz Scaggs, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Jackson Five, The Monkees, Marvin Gaye, Joe Cocker, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Seals & Crofts and the list goes on. As a recording artist on his own, Shelton was one of the founders of the so call 'laid-back' west coast contemporary sound (produced a few projects with Dave Grusin and Quincy Jones). Louie Shelton only made very few solo albums for himself (under small labels), expansive and hard to find but the recordings are usually 'first class'. From time to time, came across a few at Shun Cheong Record on sale for $10 each. What a great audiophile town HK is!
kris
10-09-13
07:37:38
回覆 (71): Herbie Hancock --- The Imagine Project
tenfingers
10-07-07
17:46:14
回覆 (70): Hot Soundtracks- Sneakers
 
 
 
 
 
 
From $17 to $66 USD? Too expansive! Bet you I can find one locally for under $ 60 HKD!  
 
 
kris
10-03-21
10:29:56
回覆 (69): Hot Soundtracks
kris,  
 
Oh, thanks for your information. If we can not find this soundtrack in H.K., I may order one from amazon US.  
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sneakers-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B0012GN4A4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1269060807&sr=1-2
Tony88
10-03-20
12:54:47
回覆 (68): Hot Soundtracks
 
Tony88, here's the soundtrack I was trying to get you at HMV last week. Columbia Records is well known on couple of their old movie CDs. Perhaps the best known is from the movie "Sneakers" (Columbia CK-53146). A big money project of James Horner ( with Branford Marsalis), recorded in Universal City Studio. The soundtrack won numerous awards including HP Super CD list for it's superior recording. Think I paid around $69 at HMV years ago...
kris
10-03-20
12:12:55
回覆 (67): Stanley Jordan's Stairway to Jazz Heaven!
Just ordered an used copy from Amazon  
______  
 
Oh my friend, I bet you have ordered one for me *_^.  
icefox
10-02-28
22:26:29
回覆 (66): Stanley Jordan's Stairway to Jazz Heaven!
 
Thanks for the info. Just ordered an used copy from Amazon.  
 
This cd is awesome!  
 
His music is meant to be seen live. Amazing finger tapping technique.  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjXN3OLgoqs
jules
10-02-28
22:10:18
回覆 (67): Stanley Jordan's Stairway to Jazz Heaven!
 
 
Billy Cobham
kris
10-02-28
12:54:17
回覆 (66): Stanley Jordan's Stairway to Jazz Heaven!
 
 
 
Ken Dennard
kris
10-02-28
12:53:25
回覆 (65): Stanley Jordan's Stairway to Jazz Heaven!
Stolen Moments (Blue Note 97159-2)  
 
One of my favorite disc from Stanley Jordan, recorded live in Tokyo 1990. Almost like listening to a rock band in a colosseum, HUGE sound from a trio! His version of "Stairway to Heaven" is a bold jazz statement to say the least, love the chemistry of the band with drummer Ken Dennard doing all sorts of neat stuff, reminds me a little of Billy Cobham in his wild days. The Cd may be a little hard to find but worth every penny.
kris
10-02-28
12:30:27
回覆 (64): Joel Dorn Jazz Compilation
 
Morning gents,  
 
 
jules, thanks so much for the bottle of Yamazaki whiskey! Here's the info on couple discs we played:  
 
Jazz for a Lazy day (32 Jazz 32130)  
 
At age 14, Joel Dorn wrote letters to Nes Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, telling him that Ray Charles should do a duet album (and they did!). He ended up working for Atlantic Records and made a name for himself (Hubert law, Jane Monheit, Neville Brothers, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, Leon Parker...etc). His better known credits are Roberta Flack winning 2 Grammies (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / Killing Me Softly) and also Jazz Record Of The Year for Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton. The point is that Dorn been around R&B / Jazz all his life and his vast reservoir in music was what prompted him on doing jazz compilation Cds under "32 Jazz" ( his own label). Apart from the eccentric packaging, the tracks are well put together with audiophile grade sound quality, used to sell for around $160 at HMV back in the 90s but I've seen them for $50 on sale.
kris
10-02-28
12:27:37
回覆 (63): Cassandra Wilson - Must Have!
 
 
 
 
 
Belly of the Sun - 2002 #1 Billboard Jazz Album & TAS Golden Ears Awards (Fred Kaplan):
kris
10-02-21
11:22:55
回覆 (62): Cassandra Wilson - Traveling Miles
 
 
The inside cover.....
kris
10-02-21
11:17:01
回覆 (61): Cassandra Wilson - Traveling Miles CD & Who is Fred Kaplan?
 
 
 
 
Fred Kaplan is a competent and passionate jazz writer (writes for both TAS & Stereophile), one of very few nowadays. His musical view reflects a great deal of understanding in the concept of jazz improvisation and the thought process involved in writing an arrangement, absolutely critical in jazz digest. The other quality in Kaplan is that he's very alert in our social and cultural movements and be able to connect the dots in a clever way. He wrote a book call - 1959: The Year Everything Changed - which got raved in Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker calling it "One of the Best Books of 2009".  
http://www.fredkaplan.info/1959.htm
kris
10-02-21
11:11:05
回覆 (60): Cassandra Wilson - Must Have !
 
 
 
Traveling Miles - 1999 #1 Billboard Jazz Album & TAS Golden Ears Awards (Fred Kaplan):
kris
10-02-21
10:37:31
回覆 (59): Cassandra Wilson's best orgasms!
 
 
 
Charlie Burmham
kris
10-02-17
11:38:16
回覆 (58): Cassandra Wilson's best orgasms!
 
 
 
 
 
Hello jazz lovers,  
 
It's a rare occurrence nowadays to find red hot original jazz performances wrapped in drop-dead-scrumptious audiophile recordings. So while I'm still getting off on Cassandra Wilson this week, why not list couple of her all time killers in case you are running out of things to buy.  
 
New Moon Daughter - 1996 #1 Billboard Top Jazz Album  
 
So many great tracks on this one - U2's "Love is Blindness" (which btw, has my all time favorite lyric " squeeze the handle and blow the candle"), Hank William's "I'm so Lonely I Could Cry", Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" and Charlie Burmham's violin on #10 "A little warm death" again raises the question on why the hell he was replaced by Linda Carter? Burmham has the magic of Stephane Grappelli with added steroid!
kris
10-02-17
11:22:21
回覆 (57): Cassandra Wilson "Blue Light'til Dawn"
kris
10-02-16
10:18:52
回覆 (56): Cassandra Wilson "Blue Light'til Dawn"
 
 
Morning everyone.  
 
 
It's the 4th day since I went into CNY hibernation and thanks to the lovely winter-in-Seattle weather, no golf in sight! To match the sluggish mood, yesterday I started playing some old Cassandra Wilson's Cds but instead, one in particular woke me from my coma. The album is "Blue Light'til Dawn" from early 90s, the start of Wilson's best 10 years as a jazz diva (which ended with "Belly of the Sun" in 2002). Before going further, what makes a dame a "jazz diva" is her ability to gel different styles of musicians making them better as a whole. Embracing their every note like a mother with her unborn fetus in the womb. In jazz improvisation, this "sixth sense" empowers one to hit the right notes at the right time under any condition and make perfect musical sense at the end. It's a gift, you have it or you don't! Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan were gifted with this sense for the longest time.  
 
The "Blue Light'til Dawn" Cd is one of Wilson's cream, a time when her creative DNA was beyond human. The intensity in the works showed a level of confidence rare in today's jazz trend. Same kinda feel as watching Roger Federer smoking a 100 mph backhand to the baseline on match point, or Tiger Woods going for eagle over the water from the bunker to win the masters in Augusta. In "Blue Light'til Dawn", Wilson played big on her blues root of Mississippi with heavy Afro percussion. Before you get the wrong idea of this being a percussion demo cd, far from it, more like blues in a new outfit. Not just for Wilson, but the whole band just broke free fearlessly interacting with each other, love how the accordion weaving with the drum on track 2 "Come on in my kitchen", the Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic guitar lick from Brandon Ross on #5 "Hellbound on my Trail" and the violin solo from Charlie Burnham in Van Morrison's ballad "Tupelo Honey" was simply divine. Apart from the blow-U-away recording quality (one of the best from Blue note), the zing about this Cd is the rich inner details - nothing left unaccounted for, you can hear the drummer teases the big Zildjian cymbals simultaneously while the bassist ends with a slide at the end of a note right down to the change of a finger movement in a guitar chord - everything just gelled!
kris
10-02-16
10:18:18
回覆 (55): "New Crystal Silence" best stay silence!
 
 
This one is by far more enjoyable than the Gary Burton + Chick Corea"s recent release New Crystal Silence.  
 
__________________________________________________________________________________________________  
 
 
jules, sure I remember the Corea and Burton 'New Crystal Silence' Cd. I was pretty hyped after reading the 2008 Golden Ear Award review from Bill Millkowski (TAS 182). Wanted to write something on it at first but after a week of listening, got indigestion and gave it away instead!  
 
It's great that they experimented with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, but I suspect the whole idea was for marketing sake. They simply did not have enough quality tracks to fill a "double disc", many of the tracks are fillers, felt like I got conned into paying the money (around $265 I think?). Musically, the CD is a disaster! Corea and Burton are both great solo artists and should be left at that. Any orchestral improv jumping in and out of their 'musical conversation' is a distraction, annoying to say the least. The only addition that compliments them may be a tightly knit rhythm section but definitely not a Symphony Orchestra. The other failure is the mood of the sound, both the vibraphone and the piano are instruments of 'action sensitive' in a recording. When done right, you should feel a clear sense of "weight" right at the point of contact whether is from the piano pad or in the case of a vibraphone, the contact of the mallet hitting the metal plates (often you can hear the 'stem' of the mallet as well). The vibes' mallets also come in different materials in various thickness & fabric, they alter the sound quite significantly. Good examples are some of Milt Jackson's earlier recordings with Riverside or Lars Erstrand with Gert Palmcrantz (Proprius). The problem with 'New Crystal Silence' CD is that too much focus is wasted in accommodating the orchestra and missed the boat completely on the intimacy of the duet. In addition, the 'miking' sounded way too far, felt like elevator music. All in all, crowning this CD the 2008 Golden Ear Award is a joke. The positive spin from this mistake is that I heard for the first time what Bill Millkowski call a good performance/recording. Used to read some of his notes on guys like Weather Report, Al DiMeola, Coltrane, Gato Barbieri...etc. Nothing too intense, just general BS. Now, after couple hundred bulks later, probably staying away from his advice is best.
kris
10-01-30
08:23:07
回覆 (54): GRP
 
Kris,  
 
Thanks for the memoirs of your old days, which reminds me a lovely time in Vancouver back in 2008. Spent a week there, staying with one of my high school friends, who is also a fervent jazz fans. The event was to attend the jazz fest. there and sure it was one of the greatest jazz concerts in my life time: the farewell tour of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  
 
Photobucket  
Photobucket  
 
The two and only Dave Brubeck's CD I have:  
 
Photobucket  
 
Also, my friend has a very musical cat calls Bobo. Whenever we were listening to music in her music chamber, bobo would come in and stood under the speaker, ears twisting right and left, as if giving music critics.  
 
Bobo, the musical cat/ boss of the house  
Photobucket  
 
Besides music, the food was great.  
 
Sunday brunch at Havana, a local mexican restruant.  
 
Photobucket
tenfingers
10-01-28
15:51:19
回覆 (53): GRP
jules
10-01-28
14:04:56
回覆 (52): GRP
 
Nice one kris. I "rediscover" GRP only recently.  
 
Before that my exposure with GRP was limited to Lee Ritenour's cd "On The Line", and his style wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I had the Chick Corea's recordings during his GRP era as well however i like his early recordings more. That was the end of my affair with GRP.  
 
Not long ago I picked up a Gary Burton "Times Like These" cd for 30 bucks!! from a second hand shop, didn't pay much attention that it was a GRP recording.  
 
Gary Burton's playing is simply frist class and so the recording quality. This one is by far more enjoyable than the Gary Burton + Chick Corea"s recent release New Crystal Silence.  
 
This begins my hunt for old GRP cds....  
 
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r241/rayyem/TTimesLikeThese.jpg
jules
10-01-28
14:04:25
回覆 (51): GRP
 
 
 
Carlos Vega
kris
10-01-28
11:01:13
回覆 (50): GRP
 
 
 
 
Paulinho Da Costa
kris
10-01-28
10:59:38
回覆 (49): GRP
 
 
 
The recording, as usual with GRP, is superb in sound and texture. The music echos the undertone of the 'new' west coast contemporary path laid out by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) from early 80s adding to Ritenour's own beautiful touches. Just love the way he teases with Jimmy Johnson's bass licks on track 10 'Etude' and the chords manipulation in few of his Brazilian ballads is as pretty as it gets. All in all, the "Color Rit" Cd is no heavy jazz statement but a cozy piece of work both by Ritenour and GRP.  
 
ps: GRP stands for Grusin Rosen Productions.
kris
10-01-28
10:54:56
回覆 (48): GRP
 
Ritenour's guitar skill is one of most well rounded in the biz. His music however, has a tendency of sounding too polished, almost to a point of being too sweet (but nowhere as sickening as Kenny G). Though Rit's style may be light, his Brazilian flare makes up for the void. Another quality is his respect to fellow musicians and not afraid in yielding the 'stage' to his band members. That's a good, very good thing if you got Jim Johnson (bass), Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) and Carlos Vega (drum) playing in your band! I remember at the time, many so-called jazz critics didn't like the "Colour Rit" Cd, expected Ritenour to turn more "sophisticated" for a wider audience (kinda like getting a fake boob job for the camera) and go the direction with guys like Dave Sanborn, and sell to the masses (Sanborn failed in that too). Some even say this CD represents a fall in Ritenour's career when in fact, it represents everything good about Ritenour and his vendetta in sticking to his calling. Fuck the critics.
kris
10-01-28
10:49:04
回覆 (47): GRP
 
 
 
I can recall vividly that day Mario Andretti was racing for K-Mart and was royally pissed at the car.
kris
10-01-28
10:46:37
回覆 (46): GRP
kris
10-01-28
10:44:33
<   >   1 2 3 4