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回覆 (11): Julie is her name
 
 
 
Jacintha, one of many Julie London's fan.  
kris
09-05-10
10:07:02
回覆 (10): Julie is her name
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByUOFV5TusE&feature=related
kris
09-05-10
09:53:30
回覆 (9): Julie is her name
kris
09-05-10
09:52:55
回覆 (8): Julie is her name
 
Last night, we had a listening session at my place and I got a Julie London CD from ils2009, our human LP encyclopedia. What a great gift to my CD collection. The symbolic value of this recording is unique in the sense that it was London's debut album and was originally recored in mono which later converted to stereo, sound quality is fantastic. I like how it preserves the 'nuisance' and 'imperfection' from the original tracks done in 1955. The mood of the recording has a smoky flavor, a nice compliment to London's style of singing which became a legacy among jazz female vocalists including audiophile divas Jacintha and Diana Krall. Unfortunately, Krall has lost all her magic since married to Patrick MacManus (Elvis Costello) and unlike early days with Impulse, her recent albums are painful and shamelessly trying to cash-in her fame, or what's left of it.  
 
The other neat thing on London's debut album is the song 'Cry Me a River', written by her high-school classmate Arthur Hamilton. The track launched her singing career and became a hallmark in jazz standards. Been listening to this disc all morning, enjoyed it immensely. I was happy with the gift even at first glance, beautiful art work from the original LP cover, love that 1950s' turquoise color which later became popular for Cadillacs in early 60s.  
 
Frankie, I can not thank you enough!  
kris
09-05-10
09:50:41
回覆 (7): Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
 
His early Jazz recordings with Decca not easy on the ears.  
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This one, even though a live recording, is particularly easy on the ear despite its explosive outbursts.  
 
limage
09-04-12
19:25:50
回覆 (6): Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
 
I am not familiar with Oscar Peterson's style and it took me a while to study. After long hour listening, I fell in love with his right hand. It is big and strong enough to produce a very round, solid tone that is simply unique. The language is simple - right hand melody plus left hand chords and therefore everything is in the right hand- the thinking, colour, rhythm.... The improvisation is wonderful but the tricks ( glissandos, syncopated rhythms etc...) are repeated many times in the same piece. Communication between musicans is fantastic and I enjoy watching those 'looks' and 'smiles' between them. Great music and I enjoy every single clip.  
Thanks.  
 
Here is my favourite Youtube video, 'cakewalk' - featuring Joe Pass.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZbSonHGVXc&feature=related
tenfingers
09-04-12
13:22:25
回覆 (6): Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
 
 
jules,  
 
I think one "problem" with Oscar Peterson is that he made so many recordings in various labels throughout his long music journey, and from my own experience buying his cds is a bit hit and miss.  
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Excellent point! Some of his worst recordings were actually from MPS. Let me think about that and list few of my fav. This is also true with Jacques Loussier before he built his own recording studio in Provence. His early Jazz recordings with Decca not easy on the ears.
kris
09-04-12
12:07:46
回覆 (5): Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
hi kris,  
 
Thanks for your informative post about Oscar Peterson  
 
I think one "problem" with Oscar Peterson is that he made so many recordings in various labels throughout his long music journey, and from my own experience buying his cds is a bit hit and miss.  
 
So what is your favourite era of Oscar Peterson? Verve with his own trio, Pablo, MPS,....?  
 
My pick would be his Pablo years (though not every recording is just as good). And even those recordings he made in his late years is a joy to listen to. His cd released under Telarc "Tribute to Oscar Peterson" is very nice.  
 
 
jules
09-04-10
08:24:57
回覆 (4): Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
 
 
 
A double CD set from MPS - Just buy it!
kris
09-03-31
08:32:50
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Peterson's playing style (and attitude!) was very different during the 70s ( MPS era) - confident and aggressive. His playing showed invincibility in both skill and connection to the music at a level where he could change the entire "metamorphosis" of a composition and yet, preserved every bit of intent from the original composer.  
kris
09-03-31
08:31:08
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kris
09-03-31
08:22:26
回覆 (1): Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
Oscar during the 50s with Verve. In the early years, before his magnificent MPS era, like everyone else, played plenty of Kern, Porter, Ellington and bunch of duets with Fitzgerald. Also at the time, he was on the lookout to consolidate his trio, literally auditioned everyone around including Irving Ashby from the Nat King Cole Trio, but could not find the right chemistry until he stumbled onto Joe Pass and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (a pianist turned Bassist!). The combo was exactly the sound Oscar wanted, the only problem was: Niels-Henning wanted to join Grappelli instead and Joe was having a bad time with his heroin addiction.  
kris
09-03-31
08:19:58
Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morning Ladies & Gentlemen,  
 
 
 
It's been an inspiration reading the notes from our many gifted participants sharing their wisdom on Classical music. Their passion is too obvious, but it's the profound perspective illustrated behind their writings which I find refreshing. The perspective of a musician. Perhaps it's time to do my share in starting a new thread on jazz, my favorite subject. This is also a way to show my appreciation to them, musicians and music lovers alike, these 'cool cats' have certainly made 1 Peking Road a funky place to hang out!  
 
Hopefully, the term 'jazz' posts no limit to the imagination in exploring various styles of alternative music here but more a reflection of attitude. No one said it better than Oscar Peterson:  
 
" A classical player is an interpreter. He is not allowed to change the notes, he is allowed to give expression and articulation to those notes. A jazz player looks at a composition and says: It's beautiful - this is how I feel about this piece, and starts to improvise. The philosophy of jazz is to be able to react to a song you like and to instantly compose your own musical opinion of that tune. jazz is instant composition, instant emotional composing".  
kris
09-03-31
08:17:01
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