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In-Class Critiques => MUL2380 => : Brian C. Wuttke May 10, 2010, 07:33:38 AM



: In-Class Critique #1
: Brian C. Wuttke May 10, 2010, 07:33:38 AM
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: Caitlin0337 May 12, 2010, 06:23:57 PM
During the several musical pieces we have heard in class, I truly enjoyed Georgia on My Mind. The tempo was not too fast, not too slow. Overall, the tempo had a soft, harmonious, gentle feel. I noticed they did use improvisation, similar like the other pieces of music we heard. This music had a very relaxing feel, which made me want to sit back with a tall glass of wine and stare into a luminous night sky. To me, it had a real swing feel and did notice the bass coming heavily in the middle. The music really picks up in the end but still not losing that appealing delicate sound. Georgia on My Mind was a marvelous work of art. When a piece of music can remind you of your loved ones, it is always a great thing. It brought to a peaceful state of mind. On the other hand, I did not particularly care for Cotton Tail. I appreciate the talent, intelligence and dedication but the music was not my style. It started off extremely upbeat and funky. I felt that it was too much sound all at once. There seems to be a lack of moderation and a very rapid tempo. The tempo was too swift and hard for me to really grasp the melody of each instrument. I can’t really tell exactly what chords the instruments are playing because there seems to be too much going on. Generally speaking, Cotton Tail has a very happy, fast, and jolly beat. It creates the impression of couples surrounded on a dance floor, ready to dance the night away.


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: stephanie6951 May 12, 2010, 06:31:20 PM
Today I really enjoyed doing the in-class listening to the three songs.  In Cotton Tail, I found the tempo to be fast throughout the entire piece. The fact that it used the saxophone a lot and the way it was used gave it a little bit of a swing feeling.  The music was very upbeat and cheerful and made me feel very awake.  My favorite part of the song was towards the very ending when the beat got faster and the music got a little louder and you could hear the saxophone and the trumpet very clearly.  Georgia On My Mind was my least favorite but I still enjoyed it.  The tempo of this piece very slow and melancholy and it reminded me a little bit of a blues song.  As the song progressed, I started to like it more once the bass was introduced.  It was still slow, so as I was listening to it, it made me feel a little sleepy but it was still a nice piece to listen to.  Another part of the song I enjoyed was when a couple other instruments were introduced and the tempo got a tiny bit faster.  The last piece, Black Bottom Sheep, was definitely my favorite.  The tempo was fast which I really liked.  As I was listening to this piece it reminded of the kind of tune you would hear in a cartoon because it was very cute and happy.  In some parts of this piece I heard the AABA form.  Overall, I liked all three songs.  They were all very different but I enjoyed listening to them because it not something I normally listen to.


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: maria2619 May 12, 2010, 06:36:14 PM
After listening to the 3 concert programs. I can say I truly enjoyed "Georgia on My Mind" the most out of all of them. The concert started very slow beat and overall had a very slow tempo and nostalgic feel to it. It had some moments when you heard the swing very sharply, and the saxophone solo did a great job. This song made me want just close my eyes and reminisce on something I miss. I guess thats why the song is titled "Georgia on My Mind".  Although this was my favorite I still enjoyed "Cotton Tail" and Black Bottom Stomp". In "Cotton Tail the tempo from the start was very upbeat and out of control, If I had to take a wild guess I would think the song was an improvisation. Also had a swing feel to it that made me just want to stand up and dance! And even though it was very upbeat al-throughout the song, the ending tempo went slower and slower until it stopped, which I didn't enjoy."Black Bottom Stomp" also experimented with high and low tempo's. This piece start off extremely high tempo and as the song progressed it would change from fast to slow. It almost made it feel like you were watching a movie and someone was being followed. I don't know if I really liked this particular style because of its rapid high and low beats. it difficult to hear any other instrument but the saxophone and piano. I look forward to listening to different concerts so I can be more precise on my comments.


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: shirley9932 May 13, 2010, 10:29:26 AM
Cotton Tail
The tempo in this piece is fast. It’s pretty consistent with its beat, giving it a swing feel to it. At the same time it seems to be mixed with improvisation, making the music sound spontaneous as it approaches its finale. The piano and sax sound great together, which is what my ears mostly heard and what appealed to my senses.  I really enjoyed this song, it literally made me want to jump up and dance with its upbeat rhythm and catchy tune.

Georgia on my mind
The tempo in this piece is very slow, calm and collected. As it progresses there are a few high pitches, but its beat stays nice and steady with triplets. The combination of the piano, sax, and bass are so melodious to my ears. It’s truly a beautiful piece. It reminds me of something I would hear at dinner while drinking a glass of wine with a loved one or in an old time classic love movie like Casablanca. This piece was certainly my favorite of all three. It’s very romantic, sweet and relaxing.

Black Bottom stomp
The tempo in this piece is pretty fast with a standard form. The beat/bass is steady with a triplet subdivision giving it a swing feel to it. Its tone is very happy, pretty high pitched and it reminds me of something I would hear in a cartoon. It takes me back to my childhood when I used to watch Looney Tunes every Sunday morning.  It gives me a warm, blissful feeling. I absolutely love the sound of the sax, piano and bass altogether. It sounded divine.


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: Vanessa0665 May 13, 2010, 12:34:03 PM
As I began listening to “Cotton Tail” by Duke Ellington, I noticed immediately that it had a quick Tempo. I also noticed that it had a walking bass line. The steady beat with the triplet subdivision of drums confirmed that it was swing music. The song had a significant amount of improvisation from the soloist. Overall the song gave me a feeling of happiness and energy.  Next, the song “Georgia on my mind” by Hoagy Carmichael did not give me a swing feeling. The introduction was a bit ominous and the melody was played by a saxophone player. The tempo remained slow throughout most of the song but began quickening as the ending approached. It seemed that the Form may have been AAAB instead of AABA like Cotton Tail had. I enjoyed “Georgia on my mind” because the melody was catchy and emotional. It gave me the feeling of sadness. Last, “Black Bottom Stomp” by Jelly Roll Morton was a nice following song to Georgia on my mind because it gave a feeling of happiness. The song reminded me of the music they may play along with cartoons for its comedic feeling it gives. It had a swing feeling with its improvisation and walking bass line.  I really felt that the trumpet sounded interesting and different from what I’ve heard. I enjoyed the melody very much and would like to hear more music from Jelly Roll Morton. My favorite song of the three was “Georgia on my mind” because it gave me a stronger emotional reaction than the other two songs. Not to mention that it was beautifully played.


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: Yaidelyn7294 May 13, 2010, 01:17:45 PM
The piece that I liked the most was “Georgia on My Mind”. The combination of the instruments sounded fantastic. It was a relaxing piece with a slow tempo. If I were to use this song it will definitely be in a restaurant, on a romantic night, in a spa and relaxing in the Jacuzzi of my house, with a glass and a bottle of Navarro Correa. The song has high pitches but it maintains a calm rhythm. The other song, “Cotton Tail”, was too fast for my ears, it sounded spontaneous and decayed. The tempo was too fast; hence I couldn’t appreciate the melody of the instruments. The end of “Cotton Tail” has a stop-like beat, very uncomfortable for my taste.  The beat in “Georgia” had triplets, while the ones in “Cotton Tail” had a more noisy sound. Last but not least the “Black Bottom Stomp”, the third piece was also loud, never the less, the bass made happy pitches. Even though the song didn’t have words, it made you wants to get up and dance. There’s a solo sound in the middle of the song that really caught my attention, the rest of the music usually goes with triplets.  The tempo on this song was high and low. I love the sound of the saxophone and the piano. This piece could be used on a mysterious stage. Overall, I liked “Black Bottom Stomp” and “Georgia on My Mind”. This is not the type of music I hear but, it’s a new experience to learn from.


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: Merylin7403 May 13, 2010, 03:33:55 PM
Cottontail
It is a fast tempo jazz that uses a lot of trumpets. The drums are actually keeping the steady beat we talked about earlier in class. It very much has the swing feeling to it, the whole melody of the song is always rising with fast beats. The ending trumpet did feature improvisation by the way it ended the song. This song personally made me feel like getting up and dancing.

Georgia on my mind
This is a slower Jazz music with the swing feeling to it.  It has no drums or at least not very low drums in most of the song but the bass is very pronounced in this song. It slowly gradually picked up with the drums and the hi-hat. “Georgia on my mind” definitely has a presenting improvisation of the saxophone. It makes me feel almost romantic, very gentle and softer sound making it the “almost” feeling. I enjoyed this song greatly it’s much different than what I’m used to hearing about jazz without making me feel  in a banquet hall sitting for dinner to start or making me fall asleep trying to listen to it.
 
Black Bottom Stomp
Chirping and very hyper Jazz, definitely a song that I would be put to dance to, it has a lot of breaks and change of beats. It also has a fast tempo song with almost a comedy feel to it in my opinion. Because of its different changes of beats I couldn’t really pin point a part that showed improvisation. It almost matches all beats as if it is catching up to each section of the song. It did not have much of a steady beat or swing feeling in my opinion, rather than faster beats repeating with high and low pitches.

Overall, I enjoyed all three songs, particularly “Georgia on My Mind” because it was a delicate, softer sound. It is like listening to a relaxing Jazz, which are two words I thought I would never put together.  This style of Jazz really impacted me because I have never found softer Jazz that I have enjoyed so much. 


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: Jay7705 May 13, 2010, 04:04:44 PM
While I was listening to the piece Cotton Tail I realized that it had a fast up beat tempo threw the entire song which made me kind of antsy and I wanted to just get up and start moving.  Since I’m a hyper person I liked it and made me feel good.  It definitely had a swing feel threw the entire song.  I could imagine in my mind a ball room where everyone was swing dancing and having a good time.  Around the two minute mark it seemed that there was improvisation with the trumpets and possibly the saxophone.  But in all it was a good piece.

The second piece, Georgia on my mind was completely opposite from Cotton tail it had a slow tempo relaxing feel to it with no swing at all.  It made me feel a little tired and I would probably only play it while I’m trying to go sleep or during a candle light dinner with a special someone.  The form seemed soft and classical which I didn’t really like and it made me a little bored, but on a positive side it did seem like I could get used to it if I heard it often.

The final piece Black Bottom Stomp was at a fast up-tempo beat just like Cotton Tail.  It actually gave me the feeling to work.  I could imagine this kind of song playing in one of those old movies with no words and you see all the characters franticly working and trying to put something together.  I think it did have a swing feeling to it with some improvisation which the base carried through the entire song.  I also liked this piece and wouldn’t mind hearing it again.           



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: Laurie0427 May 14, 2010, 06:54:03 AM
It was very enjoyable listening to the three music pieces in class yesterday.  Each piece moved me in a different way.  The one I enjoyed the most was “Georgia On My Mind”, by Hoagy Carmichael.  This song had a slow tempo that made you feel like you are in an old time movie in a romantic scene where two people are dancing together in an intense moment.  As the bass was introduced it gave that constant beat and as the rest of the instruments joined in gave it a great feel.  The saxophone playing was amazing with its beautiful sound and improvisation which moved me.  The other two songs I enjoyed as well.  “Cotton Tail”, by Duke Ellington exhibited a very fast and up beat tempo giving it that swing feel; along with the improvisation of the trumpets gave me that happy feeling. This song wasn’t my favorite but it was enjoyable.  As for the last song, “Black Bottom Stomp”, by Jelly Roll Morton, this too had a fast tempo which made you feel happy.  The piece did included improvisation at times and had a nice walking bass line which also gave it that swing feel to it. This song as I listened to it made me picture those older movies with the ladies in flapper dresses dancing around enjoying themselves. “Georgia on My Mind” was my favorite out of the pieces and the other two, "Cotton Tail" and "Black Bottom Stomp", I enjoyed because they made me want to get up and dance. Each of these songs were great and had their own unique feel.


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: Ngin7651 May 14, 2010, 09:48:33 AM
Song title: Cotton Tail by Duke
   I think this song is form is AABA base on what I heard.  This song has fast-tempo.  In this song is noticeably walking base line, I rarely heard the drum.  I think the song do not have any improvisation because there is no solo.  The music made me feel jumpy or make me want to dance.  This song does provide the swing feeling because I notice from the beat meter.  I like the music because the song has beat that motivate or excited to the audience in the beginning and end.  
Song title: Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael, and arranged by Sammy Nestico
   This song is tempo is mostly slow.  I think this song have improvisation because the song has alto saxophone.  In this song the drum is on steady beat, it might provide time keeping for the song.  The song makes me feel sad or almost lonely.  I think this song do not have swing feeling.  I do like the beginning because it is very smooth, but I do not like the middle of the song because the solo is very off from the rest of the music.
Song title: Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Morton, and arranged by Fred Sturm
   I think the form of this song is AABA base on what I heard.  I think the song tempo is medium.  I do think the song has improvisation, and swing feeling.  This song does not have any bass or drum playing.   The music made me feel cheerful and happy to dance.  I like the music in the beginning section and the middle section.  The ending was not grate as other part, but I do not dislike it.


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: alan9470 May 14, 2010, 06:34:44 PM
I find Cottontail to be a very powerful tune. Not much of my taste in jazz: I prefer slower pieces in which instrumentation is better appreciated; nevertheless, this piece is lavishly composed and it successfully delivers that feeling of cheerfulness, which, I’m sure Duke Ellington tried to convey. The alto saxophone solo didn’t quite catch my attention as much as the piano solo; I just think it mixes better with the content of the piece. This piece has always given me the feeling of being in a carnival.

Georgia on my Mind is, in my opinion, one of the greatest jazz pieces out there. In fact, I’ll be even blunter: it is one of the greatest pieces ever written. It gives its listener not only a melancholic, but, also an inspiring feeling.  I liked the alto sax solo very much. The notes played by the soloist sort of float through the rhythm; and you can feel the instrument almost transform into a clear-speaking voice.  Hoagy Carmichael did a magnificent job with this piece. Two thumbs up!

Black Bottom Stomp was exquisitely performed. This Miami Saxophone Quartet has more than just talent: they’re genius. Again, is not so much of my taste, but I always appreciate great music. This song has a fast, lively tempo, and conveys cheerfulness to its listener.  I believe Black Bottom Stomp to be a ragtime, and if it is, it proves that ragtime is jazz; since many people see it as two different things, but this song sounds like any other jazz piece.


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: Alfredo6528 May 14, 2010, 10:55:08 PM
Tonight I attended a concert in Mr. Wuttke’s class. The concert consisted of three pieces, these pieces were “Cotton Tail”, written by Duke Ellington and performed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The second piece performed was “Georgia on my Mind” written by Hoagy Carmichael and arranged by Sammy Nestico. This song was performed by the Killian High School Jazz Band in which the soloist was Larissa Lockett on alto saxophone. That last song to be performed was the “Black Bottom Stomp” written by Jelly Roll Morton and it was arranged by Fred Sturm.  This song was performed by the Miami Saxophone Quartet; the performers were Gary Keller on soprano sax, Gary Lindsay on alto sax, Ed Calle on tenor sax and Mike Brignola on baritone sax. The first song in this three song concert was “cotton tail”, the form of this song can be defines as AABA.  This songs tempo is very quick keeping the listener interested in the song. This song had a very nice swing feel to it and the sax player strengthened the grove with his improvisation solo. The next song to be performed was “Georgia on my Mind” and in the introduction to the song the saxophone player had a nice vibrato sound that felt like if I was being surrounding by the music. The sax player, Larissa Lockett, had a nice improvisation in which she was doing it without any accompaniment. This sax player played almost throughout the entire song with a centered tone. Never once did this musician’s tone fall flat or go sharp; the bass did a good job in keeping the tempo for the sax player. Although, the drums could play louder in this song because I could barely hear them. This song made me feel like if a professional band was playing it not a high school jazz band. The last song “Black Bottom Stomp” was a song that I believe is perfect for performing clowns. I did not really like this song.


: In-Class Critique #1
: erik6864 May 15, 2010, 01:32:40 PM
I listen to almost every kind of music, but I don’t usually pay attention to details as tempo, key or form, so what I could perceive about the first song Cotton Tail is that its tempo was kind of fast with some improvisations in it, and I guess that this song uses a triplet to compose a swing feeling. This song made me feel like dancing, happy and it wakes me up. The second song Georgia On My Mind began slowly, but then it was getting a little bit faster to ending slow.  To me, there were good improvisations mixed in it, but I couldn’t really distinguish the role of the bass and drums; to me it was kind of messy, but it sounded great anyway which made me feel relax, very pleasant, like being on the top of a mountain and watching the stars. About Black Bottom Stomp, which was the last song, I can say that its tempo was medium, mixing some improvisation and using the swing feeling, which made me feel kind of hyper.
The whole program was good, but the song that I really like the most was Georgia On My Mind because, to me, this song had changes on its tempo. It also had really good improvisations, and its melody was nice. Georgia On My Mind had the style that I usually like to listen to. On the other hand, I did not like to much the last song Black Bottom Stamp because, to me, it had too much saxophone and it was not meaningful to me, but in general, I liked the program. 


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: Carol4206 May 15, 2010, 01:58:35 PM
The three songs that were played during class were definitely nothing like what I normally hear. They were completely different then the music I listen to on regular day basis. The first song was called Cotton Tail. The tempo was very fast at the beginning, and then was medium and eventually back to fast. The song was full of energy. I couldn’t really hear the forum. It was difficult for me to concentrate and notice it. It wasn’t exactly my type of song. I didn’t enjoy it. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the second song, Georgia On My Mind. I could definitely hear the forum in the song. The tempo was slow and them even slower. I enjoyed it because it was very relaxing. It was appealing to the mood I was in. in my opinion it was a great musical selection. The third song that was played, Black Bottom Soup, was very soothing too.  I definitely liked and enjoyed listening to it. The tempo was kind of medium and then got a little fast. I did hear the forum at times, but at times I wouldn’t really distinguish it. I like the rhythm; it was a very happy and joyful beat. I also noticed that it had a swing feeling. I liked the music selection specially because it was enlightening to me.


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: Erika8630 May 15, 2010, 02:43:39 PM
All three songs were gratifying. I enjoyed each unique tune in a different manner.
The first song (Cotton Tail) was my favorite one of all three. It begins with a fast pace, bringing excitement into the body. This song has a fast swing feeling. The beat itself makes you snap your fingers every three counts. In the beginning, the happy tone repeats itself several times, then changes a bit to a different fast paced tone, and once again goes back to the same happy tone. During this song, there’s a solo instrument (sounds like a trumpet). This instrument mixed low and high pitches, including all the instruments playing at once. The one solo instrument sounds like improvisation for a couple of seconds but quickly catches back to the same rhythm. The song goes from a descending to an ascending tone towards the end. To my surprise, a piano was played in the finale following a descending sound as the end.
The following song (Georgia on my mind) happened to be my least favorite. It’s a song that sets a romantic, mellow mood with a very slow beginning. The song gently gets louder as seconds pass. The form of this song was unpredictable, but yet entertaining. Most of the song was improvisation, to which brought a relaxed feeling. One of my favorite parts was when the bass slowly joins the choir, then there’s a point where the music plays quietly, pauses, then plays a middle pitch, pauses, and finally plays a loud, alert sound. This song picks up the sound of other instruments and becomes a happy, faster paced song. Out of nowhere, the music goes back to the soothing, slow rhythm. The sound quiets down very suspiciously, and as the music goes from a low to high sound, one instrument ends the song with a remarkable improvisation of playing quickly, but in different notes.
The final song (Black bottom stomp) sounds like a cartoon song. It contains a fast pace with a AABA form. The song begins with some improvisations which lead to several pauses during the middle. It plays low tunes with different notes and repeats many of these tunes. My favorite part about this song is the sound of something like footsteps but with different rhythms, making this piece unique and comical.


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: sebastian8659 May 15, 2010, 10:47:59 PM
To be honest I had never been interested in jazz or knowing how does it work but after today’s class listening I got to understand a lot more about the structure about the music and how does a lot of instruments put together could make a great song. I got to listen to 3 different types or styles of jazz today the first song “cotton tail” had a very fast beat and I could listen that a lot of instruments where been play at the same time the song reminded me about songs played in old action movies or cartoons. The second song “Georgia on my mind” showed me something different it had a very slow beat and there was a single instrument “saxophone” playing for most of the song it was kind of like leading the direction of the song, it also had a very romantic tone but what amazed me the most is that it was being played by a high school band I would of never though.
The last song “black bottom stomp” had a medium beat the song changed constantly to fast and slow I got to listen to the beat A-A-B-A but overall the tone was the same the whole song.
I got to experience how jazz works and how different can it be also I got to listen to the beat and the rhythm of each song and identifying where ca they be found, I feel that there is a lot more to learn about the structure of jazz and I find it very interesting.


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: michelle3074 May 16, 2010, 07:53:33 AM
Thursdays in class listening was like a flash back for me. It took me to a completely different time and place. Cotton Tail made me want to get up and start to swing dance. It was a fast tempo beat with a very bounce rhythm. It had an AABA form to it. And I just loved hearing all the horns in it. It was truly a good song. Georgia on my mind went in a completely different direction. It had a very slow tempo to it. This one reminded me of one of the old black and white romantic movies. I think that I heard some improvisation within the song, and to me it sounded like a saxophone. But don’t take my word on it I’m not great at identifying instruments. To me I heard the swing feeling within the song. Then I also noticed that in one point of the song everything built up to make a louder statement and then calmed down again to bring back the soft smooth tone. I think that this was a very important part in the song. I really grabbed my attention again. The ending seemed to disappear like a ribbon in the wind. Black bottom stomp I believe was my favorite one out of the three. It had a very fast upbeat tempo with a very cheery and happy sound to it. There was a high pitch throughout the song that just helped to set the mood. And there was some very talented improvisation within the song as well. This song put me within one of the silent films, either a cartoon or a comedy. I could see the three stooges acting just as wacky as they do or the original Mickey Mouse having fun with Pluto. It truly was my overall favorite song.


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: perla8815 May 16, 2010, 09:00:06 AM
During the listening of the three musical selections in class, my favorite one was Georgia On My Mind, written by Hoagy Carmichael and arranged by Sammy Nestico. In my opinion,  this song is one of the greatest pieces ever written.  The melody is so harmonious that it has so much swing feeling.  As I was listening  to the song, I felt like I wanted to be by the water, with the person that I love the most having a glass of Opus One Cavernet wine.  In the middle of the song, the bass comes in heavily, then I felt like  dancing and singing to the rhythm.  At times, I felt melancholic, but that constant tempo brings a certain kind of momentum  that makes me feel very romantic and relaxed.  I liked the performance of Larissa Locked of the alto sax solo very much.   The notes played by the soloist sort of float through the rhythm making the instrument sound very clear  and enjoyable.  The other two selections, Cotton Tail  written by Duke Ellington and Black Bottom Stomp written by Jelly Roll Morton are not my favorites.  In both songs the tempo was too fast and made me feel sort of confused.   Could not define the home tone.  It was a great experience and I am looking forward too many more great selections!


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: Ricardo2037 May 16, 2010, 09:19:50 AM
The song I choose to write a critique about was Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington. To be honest I have never really listened or studied this type of music before so it was very interesting for my first time. I noticed very fast into the song that it had a fast tempo and was very upbeat. I also noticed that it had a walking bass line. The beat was very steady, and with the triplet subdivision of drums confirmed that it was swing music. The song had a significant amount of presence like the musician really wanted you to feel his music and passion when he played and believe me I did. The song just made me want to wake up and here more of this great music. I also noticed during the song the tempo would change from medium to fast tempo which I liked because you can hear all the different instruments playing at different tempos during the song. In my opinion the best part of the song was when it was coming up to the ending of the song, the beat was starting to get faster and the music started to get a little louder and you could hear the musicians playing the instruments like the saxophone and the trumpet very clearly and then you realize how much energy was in the room while they played. I then realized how everything could just come together in music it was pure genius would recommend this song for anyone to hear.


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: Farrah9156 May 16, 2010, 09:40:40 AM
  The first musical piece that was heard in class,"Cotton Tail", made me want to get up and start moving my feet, like tapping to every beat of the song. The tempo is very fast which makes it sound like a very joyful and entertaining song. If anyone would hear this song driving to work early in the morning, it would really wake them up. I like the fact that this song had a lot of improvisation, it wasn't just the same instrument the whole entire time. And also, I liked how it ended because It got soft like if it was going to start up again with the fast tempo but it didn't, so basically it has an unexpected ending.
  The second musical piece, "Georgia On My Mind" sounds like a selection that would be chosen to be played in a romantic dinner or scenery. The tempo is very slow which is nice because if anyone would want to relax, this would be the right choice of a song to listen to for that particular mood. It had a few improvisation which is great but it personally bored me since the instruments used was played for a long period of time, which i guess that is what makes it slow.
  The third musical piece, "Black Bottom Stomp", had a great beat. It's a song that could be used as a presentation of a cartoon show. With all honestly, it's a song I wouldn't like to hear because it's not modern, but I'm pretty sure that if this song was played and popular in my time, I would definately use it to cheer me up since it's a very upbeat song.
 In general, each selection of music, used AABA style. 


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: Anabella5523 May 16, 2010, 09:43:45 AM

I think the concert was very enjoyable. My favorite song was “Cotton Tail,” by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. The musicians use the A-A-B-A form in some parts, and the tempo is really fast. This song is very energizing. While I was listening to it, I felt like dancing and spinning around a dance floor. It's a song that cheers the soul, and I would like to hear it in times when I am out of energy. There is a lot of improvisation in this piece, from the swinging sax to the trumpets. I also heard the bass performing the walking bass, a syncopated piano, an off-beat accenting from several instruments, and the drums are doing the steady beat. Moreover, the melody rises and falls several times during the piece, and it has the swing feeling.

On the other hand, “Georgia on My Mind” has a very slow tempo. I am not sure about the form of the song, but I don’t think that is has A-A-B-A form like “Cotton Tail.” This song starts off slow, gentle, and in a melancholy way. Later, it quickens a little, and we can hear the sax improvising and the bass, which I believe it has a key role within the musical piece. However, I almost did not hear the drums, and I did not feel the swing feeling. This song brought back memories of my loved ones. It reminds me of the busy life of big cities like New York, the nightlife, the concerts, and the atmosphere that is created when the sun goes down, and while some people rest, the city never sleeps. I think Georgia on My Mind is a beautiful song that I would like to listen to relax myself after a stressful day at work.

The last musical piece that we listened to was “Black Bottom Stomp.” Like “Cotton Tail,” this song features the AABA form and has a fast tempo. I heard the walking bass and the drums playing the steady beat. It has improvisation and it definitely has the swing feeling! It’s a funny melody that makes me want to dance immediately. It also reminds me of old cartoons like Tom and Jerry. I really like this song; it encourages me, gives me good energy, and makes me feel happy and relaxed.


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: Danet7200 May 16, 2010, 10:24:37 AM

My favorite out of the three songs we listen in class today was Georgia on my mind. This song has a slow tempo. I found that the songs was a little bit romantic. I heard the swing feeling towards the middle of the song. It had no improvisation. I was able to hear the bass and the ride cymbals. It's not the first time I hear this song. I really enjoyed it. It has a nice rhythm and harmony to it. It also followed the AABA form.  Cotton Tail on the other hand  has very fast and upbeat.  With its fast tempo it looks like the type of song that they will play at parties and dances back the year when the song was written. It has improvisation through the whole song. It had improvisation and a swing feeling to it. I was able to hear the drums. bass, and ride cymbals. It really has a happy tune to it and is the type of song that can make some ones day happier. Like the first song, it also had the AABA form.  I did not like Black Bottom Stomp. Its tempo was too fast. It had no swing feeling and no improvisation to it. Like the other two songs that we heard in class, it followed the AABA form. There was no bass, drums, or ride cymbals in this song.  This song reminded me of something that you would hear in one of those cowboy movies in a saloon.


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: Lino3618 May 16, 2010, 10:46:39 AM
While listening to the “Cotton Tail” song by Duke Ellington one rapidly notices the fast tempo of the music. I also notice that it had the swing feeling since there was a steady beat and the subdivision of the drums. Within the song there is a lot of improvisation coming from the saxophones and the trumpets. When I heard the song I felt joy as if one was in a party back in the sixties. The beat and the improvisation are very exiting for an audience, and I’m sure it would have raised the crowd to dance or at least to cheer for them. The second song “Georgia on my Mind” it was more emotional, the rhythm or tempo of the song is slower. I did not notice the swing feeling in this song, but it certainly has improvisation coming from the saxophone. I feel sad when I hear the song. At the same time it had that romanticism rhythm in it. The third song "Black Bottom Stomp" was totally different than the other two, the tempo was very fast, It did not have any improvisation at all like the others did. It just sounds like a song from a cartoon back in the 1960s. It did followed the AABA form, out of the three songs it was my least favorite. In my opinion the best performed song was the second "Georgia on my Mind" because it had a deeper feeling, more sad type of music that people could relate to.


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: pablo7210 May 16, 2010, 12:33:10 PM
I enjoyed the three songs, and tried to concentrate so that I could focus on to the instruments and recognize the structure, the chord progression and the form. Out of the three songs, the one that I enjoyed the most was “Georgia in my mind” because the tempo was slow and make the song very romantic and relaxing and I'm a romantic person. This song caught my attention because it began vey slow so I felt relax, then a romantic melody appeared and makes me even more comfortable. I noticed some improvisation between A and B, and it gets even slower during this time. It keeps going slow and the bass and the piano starts to appear. Section A is very slow but section B makes the tempo faster than section A. All instruments play at the same time when tempo gets faster including the drums. Finally at the end the tempo gets slow again more than ever and seems that the song is going to end right there. At that moment I felt very relaxing and comfortable. I like the improvisation and Georgia in my mind is the type that I usually like to hear. I also enjoyed listening the other two songs but I did not enjoy them as much as Georgia in my mind. In general, it was a good start for me as I was able to recognize the tempo and the structure at least for more of the parts of each song and most important to feel comfortable and enjoyed them.


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: Anabella5523 May 16, 2010, 01:01:57 PM
Today I really enjoyed doing the in-class listening to the three songs.  In Cotton Tail, I found the tempo to be fast throughout the entire piece. The fact that it used the saxophone a lot and the way it was used gave it a little bit of a swing feeling.  The music was very upbeat and cheerful and made me feel very awake.  My favorite part of the song was towards the very ending when the beat got faster and the music got a little louder and you could hear the saxophone and the trumpet very clearly.  Georgia On My Mind was my least favorite but I still enjoyed it.  The tempo of this piece very slow and melancholy and it reminded me a little bit of a blues song.  As the song progressed, I started to like it more once the bass was introduced.  It was still slow, so as I was listening to it, it made me feel a little sleepy but it was still a nice piece to listen to.  Another part of the song I enjoyed was when a couple other instruments were introduced and the tempo got a tiny bit faster.  The last piece, Black Bottom Sheep, was definitely my favorite.  The tempo was fast which I really liked.  As I was listening to this piece it reminded of the kind of tune you would hear in a cartoon because it was very cute and happy.  In some parts of this piece I heard the AABA form.  Overall, I liked all three songs.  They were all very different but I enjoyed listening to them because it not something I normally listen to.

I agree with you, all songs were enjoyable but "Cotton Tail" and 'Black Bottom Stomp" were my favorites due to the happiness and energy they spread. I also believe both have the AABA form in some parts, but for "Georgia on My Mind" it's very difficult to tell the form, may be because is has a very slow tempo, it was difficult for me to find an A section or a bridge. I am not used to listen to jazz so I am also experimenting but I am sure that as we listen to more songs and pay attention to the melodies we will be able to describe the forms in almost any piece (maybe in the next critique) = )


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: nancy3442 May 16, 2010, 01:11:15 PM
I really enjoyed the in class listening musical selections. I must say, it made me feel like I was at a concert. Cotton Tail was the first musical selection we listened to. I tried to enjoy that style of Jazz, but it was too much going on in the music for me. The best way I can describe this type of music is fast; fast swinging jazz. I really did not enjoy this piece, I felt it was loud and a lot was going on between the musicians. I felt like I was being rushed in the music. I must say, the bass player kept the tempo; walking through this piece nice and smooth. Another musical selection was Black Bottom Stomp, the musical instruments used sounded like clarinets. This song I enjoyed, it gave me a feeling of happiness. This piece reminded me of a television cartoon show, back in the days, it even made me feel like I was at a circus. I loved the way the instruments sounded, the runs in the instruments were clean and smooth, they were together and I felt the swing feel to this music. However; I must save the best for last - Georgia on my mind by the High School Band, where shall I begin. This musical piece was sweet, mellow, smooth, and intimate. I enjoyed the intro with that climax of the band and then it dropped with the soloist sax. The soloist was beautiful, it felt like she was actually singing through her instrument, and her improvisation was nice, it gave a love feeling to the song. When the tempo picked up, it was not rushed and had beautiful transitions. At one point the song had a swing, big band feeling with dynamics and dropped, it was an awesome selection.


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: juan0877 May 16, 2010, 02:16:05 PM
Cottontail had very lyrical improvisations, like the instruments had something to say. The walking bass line drove the whole song, creating a base for the melodies.
The swing feeling of this song was then contrasted by the slow tempo of Georgia on my mind. it starts quiet and somber, the feeling of the whole song is definitely one of longing. Very bluesy, isn’t it a blues song?......well Georgia is on his mind i get it, he wants it  but can’t have it. is it Georgia the state or the name of a woman? Like in Back to the U.S.S.R,'' Georgia's always on my my my my my my my mind ''i dont know. Or is that the  Georgian  soviet country………………..i was surprised that it was a high school band, and even more surprised it was Killian. Of course if you think about it jazz and Killian do go very well together, you know with the thc.
Then Black bottom stomp is a big change. the light speed tempo creates a cool, strutting hoedown. the little brain cells left in my head were jammin. Overall the songs were all just as good as the Flintstones theme song.... except for black bottom stomp, which in retrospect is a bit too lively for me.
Georgia on my mind is the best of the three songs, but Atlanta sucked. Though based on R.E.M’s Nightswimming I’m sure there is a nice place somewhere in that state.
Georgia on my mind is the Georgia state song,
- The more you know.


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: christian5219 May 16, 2010, 03:11:16 PM
 In class we listen to three jazz pieces, each that were different in their own way. The first piece we listen to was "Cotton Tail" by Duke Ellington, it is a fast tempo jazz pieces that uses a lot of trumpets. Througout the song I heard the drum keeping a steady beat. The form of this song was AABA, I noticed it pretty easy. I like the song, it had a pretty good swang to it but wasnt my favorite of the three played in class. The second song was Georgia on my mind” by Hoagy Carmichael, was a slow tempo song and had relaxing swang to it. The song keep a slow tempo throughout the song and the piano and sax give it that jazz lay back feeling to it. The last song was “Black Bottom Stomp” by Jelly Roll Morton, my favorite song of the three jazz piece. It felt like it came out of a cartoon, like one of those old Micky Mouse cartoons. It had a fast tempo to it and I think the form was AABA.The tone of the song was really happy and high pitched. I enjoyed this piece the most and kept humming after the class finished. I cant wait till the next in class critique to listen to more jazz pieces.


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: vanessa1711 May 16, 2010, 03:13:28 PM
After listening to the three great songs in class, I can say my favorite   song was Georgia on My Mind. I liked it because the tempo started soft and slow and had a surprising ending which was faster then what I expected. When the song started you could only hear the saxophone solo ,which did a great job  because in my case it make me feel so attractive, like a beautiful  Hollywood actress form the 80’s but at the same time it make me feel peaceful, romantic, something that took my mind  out of this world. As the song continues, it makes me just want to get up and dance or run in the beach. Then in the middle of the song you can notice the tempo started to increase and you could also hear the bass stronger but still it didn’t took the softness of the song. Then, when the song was coming to its end, the song took me to another level. Suddenly this beautiful piece of music make me feel I was in an old ballroom full of people, everyone was watching me as I dance elegant in the middle of the dance floor. It also brought to my mind the idea of being in a candle light dinner with a special someone, or dancing at the beach under the moon light with a white dress. The end of the song had a happy melody, faster tempo but the song still kept the elegance and softness melody. It was a relaxing song.


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: gaston1609 May 16, 2010, 03:38:34 PM
I choose to write about Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington. It took me a while to decide on what type of form this song is formed. It begins with an ABAC on a very fast tempo without any introduction, followed by improvisation, however, when the listener expects to repeat the form, it suddenly introduces a different form which I was not able to describe. Contrary to Cotton Tail, Georgia in my mind has a very slow tempo, which gives the listener a sad feeling. Similarly to Cotton Tail, Black bottom stomp, has a fast tempo, however, with a different form. Although Cotton Tail has a swing feeling, I believe this song has an up-tempo not intended to dance. The harmonic combination of the bass and the drums give the song a continuous swing feeling and fast tempo without interrupting the improvisation, which plays an important role in this masterpiece. Therefore, the combination of the instruments and the fast tempo makes me feel happy and excited. I would say this song is unpredictable, the form combination and the surprisingly improvisation makes it song unique and very enjoyable.  I like the musical selections very much, however, as I stated before, my preference is for Cotton Tail. What I do not like about Georgia in my mind is the tempo, very slow and sad. Black bottom stomp is a predictable some, in my opinion is not exciting as Cotton Tail, which begins rebelliously from the start and that is what makes the song so special.


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: ashley2333 May 16, 2010, 04:36:43 PM
The first piece, “Cotton Tail” by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, has a very fast tempo. It makes you want to get up and dance along with the fast pace it brings. It has a swing feeling due to the triplet subdivision of the drums, and also has a steady beat.  It has the AABA form in some parts as well. You can tell this piece has a lot of improvisation by listening to the saxophone and trumpet. The second piece, “Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael; arranged by Sammy Nestico is very different from the two other pieces that were played tonight. This song has more emotion than the two other pieces heard, and you can hear it as the song starts off. And for it to be played by a high school band is amazing. This piece has a very slow tempo, which you can tell as the piece begins, and towards the middle of the song, the swing feeling comes into play, following the AABA form.  As the song progresses, the bass comes in and gives it the constant beat, while the saxophone provided the improvisation.  The third and final piece that was played tonight was “Black Bottom Stomp” by Jelly Roll Morton. The song almost sounds a little cartoonish to me due to the very fast tempo. It also has improvisation like the other songs we heard and follows the AABA form. You can hear the walking bass and the drums giving the song the steady beat.


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: Michelle8260 May 16, 2010, 05:25:02 PM
   I enjoyed listening to all 3 songs in class. It introduced me to different types of Jazz that I didn’t know because I had no previous experience with this type of music before. The tempo of the song “Cotton Tail” was very fast but had a swing feeling to it. I was able to recognize the steady beat and kind of try to focus on all the sounds keeping the steady beat in the back of my head. I tried to focus on each instrument trying to hear each sound that they made and how they interacted with each other but I couldn’t. It was really hard because since the tempo was so fast I found it hard to follow along and try to differentiate each one. The song had some low moments but then would change to high and louder music.
   “Black Bottom Stomp” to me was medium paced and upbeat. I heard the same beat repeated throughout the whole song. This song reminded me of the songs that we would hear in old black and white movies. I enjoyed it but out of all 3 songs my favorite was definitely “Georgia on My Mind”. It had a slow tempo and was very laid back. It was romantic and had the bass as the steady beat. One of my favorite parts was the solo part of Larissa. This song was so relaxing and I would enjoy listening to it a second time. It kept the same relaxing tone throughout the whole song and it was nice compared to the confusion I had during “Cotton Tail”.         


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: raul1943 May 16, 2010, 06:04:03 PM
Cotton tail is a fun sounding song. It is in the jazz form. The tempo of cotton tail is a fast upbeat one. (makes me want to tap my foot). It sounded liek the trumpet was improvised at the end. The bass was fast.

I liked cotton tail. It was a fun tempo that was enjoyable to get up and dance too.

Georgia on my mind:

Nice Solo to begin and ease into the song as the bass slowly beings to add in. This tempo is much slower than Cotton Tail. A lot more Jazzy than the swing feeling of Cotton Tail. The role of the bass here is to keep the melody as the trumpet keeps on doing their own thing. Which comes in nicely. Towards the end i enjoyed how the drums began to take over and pick up the tempo to give it a faster but classy/ old times feelings.

Black Bottom Stomp:

Right off the bat a fast tempo and swing style song. The Trumpets are quick and working well with each other. As the bass comes in its a nice foot tapping beat while the trumpet improvises and begins to do its own thing. The back and fourth between the two trumpets is what i feel really makes this piece nice.


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: Chriselly5864 May 16, 2010, 08:28:30 PM

“Cotton Tail” was a fast tempo playful instrument selection. There was definitely improvisation towards the second half of the song. I believe this had an AABA style; I was also able to distinctly hear the bass instrument throughout the song compared to the other two songs. I was able to distinguish the steady beat during the song as well. I picture this kind of song very popular at the hip and trendy night clubs during the 1960s.

“Georgia on My Mind” has to be my favorite song out of the bunch. This was the only song out of the three that was a slow tempo. Towards the beginning it had a slow soft introduction and later sped up. There was improvisation with the saxophone towards the end. This was the kind of song you would expect to hear during a romance film.

“Black Bottom Stomp” was a really funky song that included many flute and trumpet sounds. It had a very high pitch fast tempo style.  The high pitched sounds were almost disturbing. During this song, it was very difficult for me to find a steady beat. There was not much of a slow introduction. In my opinion, this song would be perfect to play during a clown circus act  :P. This particular selection of music wasn’t or isn’t my style… I did not enjoy it much.

In addition, I enjoyed the first In- Class Critique very much. I am looking forward to hearing what else Professor Wuttke has decided on sharing with us this semester. Did not think Jazz is a form of music I can relate however, so far I am intrigued. 


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: gabriela0216 May 16, 2010, 08:50:33 PM
Cotton Tail, which was the first song that we listened to was very fast and featured a lot of bass and drums that were prominent throught out the entire peice in my opinion.  I felt like it was in the AABA format.  It did get lower at the end but really maintained itself upbeat; that made it a little bit too much for me.  Georgia On My mind was beautiful and touching.  The tempo was very slow and relaxing.  It definitely had no swing feel to it.  The saxophone playing seemed improvised in some parts because it sounded like a version I have never heard of.  Bass slowly picked up and was followed by a couple of brass instruments.  I think it got a bit more interesting when the drums picked up in the middle.  Although the ending was nice when the saxophone was joined by all the other instruments, I most enjoyed the solo in the beginning.  Black Bottom Stomp was of medium/ fast tempo.  It conveyed a feeling of happiness to me.  I didn’t hear any drums and not that many brass instruments in this song.  The first and the last song had a swing feel that was exciting but I was surprised to see that I tended to lean more to that jazzy, melodic feel from Georgia on My Mind; although, Cotton Tail was powerful and thunderous in sound, I felt like Georgia on My mind was dominant in talent with the impressive saxophone solo.


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: Melissa4572 May 16, 2010, 09:16:13 PM
I have to admit that Jazz and Pop are not in my favorite styles of music. As a Latina I’d rather listen to Spanish music because is what I’ve listen to since I was little. But maybe the reason why I don’t like it is because I never listen to it, so I’m not use to it. So I’m a little exited about learning about other style of music. Actually I enjoyed listening to the three songs that we heard in class.  Cotton Tail,  By Duke Ellington and his orchestra beautifully played and full of energy. I found that Cotton Trail had a AABA form, quick tempo, walking bass line, it had a steady beat with a swing feeling to it. On the other hand, Georgia On My mind by Hoagy Carmichael arranged by Sammy Nestico was a little bit more relaxing.  It was a song played by the Killian High School Jazz Band by Laridda Lockett, with an alto saxophone soloist. I didn’t find a swing feeling I the song and was a little hard to tell the form, but what I did notice was that it had a slow tempo and improvisations in the song. And least but not last my favorite Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton, arranged by Fred Strum. I really liked this song because it made me feel like I was watching a cartoon or a scene from a funny movie. I liked the combination of the fast tempo beat with the swing feeling there was also a few good improvisations and loved how the base was carried through the entire song. I really liked how the Miami Saxophone Quartet played all the different types of saxophones. I learned that Jazz and Pop can be fun to listen to. I think this class is going to change the way I felt about Jazz and Pop.


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: Linda7814 May 16, 2010, 09:39:44 PM
     Once listening to all three concert programs, I felt mixed emotions within me and there was a lot of use of the AABA style. Cotton Tail was written by Duke Ellington, this was a very upbeat and had many improvisations by the Alto Saxophone with a swing feeling, which you can tell by the form of music. It’s that type of jazz that you want to get up and dance. I found myself in such a good mood hearing this. It almost made you forget any problems that you were going through.
     I did enjoy this piece but not as much as Georgia on My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael, this song was slow tempo and made me want to grab my sweetheart to dance. It was a romantic kind of love song. There were different tempos and forms in this piece that displayed different dynamic but always went back to the introduction. There was an improvisation towards the end of the piece that the tempo that changed to a fast beat.
      One musical performance was Black Bottom Stomp written by Jelly Roll Morton and this piece was very comical. When I heard this song I thought of The Three Stooges theme song because it had an upbeat and swing feel. I can just picture a funny thing that they would do and this song was perfect for it. I think this song was easily to identify the different forms but most of all it was a silly song. I was in band all my life from third grade in New York until I graduated. Overall, the three pieces was very enjoyable to listen to and I’m excited to hear more.


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: rafael5762 May 16, 2010, 09:48:18 PM

The cotton tail was my favorite song along with the black bottom stomp because of the energy that the songs gave out. It has a nice rhythm and harmony. Very happy and up beat sounds as well as good swing feeling were their attributes. I’m not very educated on music and haven’t listened too much of jazz, but those two songs made a very positive impression about jazz on me. The saxophone soloist performed a great improvisation that really caught my attention. It gave me a feeling of joy. The up beats reminded me of something like a cartoon scene when Jerry would be running away from Tom. On the other hand Georgia on my Mind was the complete opposite. I didn’t really like the emotion that was brought with it. The song made me feel as if I were in a bar having drinks and a cigar in my mouth, contemplating about life. Even though I didn’t enjoy the song much, the slow melodies helped me hear instruments I wouldn’t been able to if the tempo was to be faster. I was able to hear the bass and the ride cymbals. Over all for my first time listening to jazz I can say that it wasn’t so bad. It has opened my mind and allowed me to enjoy other kinds of music out side of my regular taste.  I’m looking forward to keep on learning about the roots of Jazz and how it came to be what it is today.


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: Robert6932 May 16, 2010, 09:54:20 PM
I’ve only started listening to jazz recently before taking this course and I’ve become increasingly interested in the different forms and improvisations from the different musicians. During Cotton Tail, I immediately heard the steady beat of the swing feeling. The bass and drums would lay out the foundation for this selection as the soloists improvised through out the song. I thought the piano solo was wonderful as it kept up with the medium/fast tempo. I sensed the common form that we discussed in class that evening. Georgia on my mind was pleasant, but I’m used to hearing the Ray Charles version which obviously is vastly superior next to the High School jazz band version. I thought the alto saxophone player was talented and enjoyed what seemed to be some improvisation. The bass line gives the song structure, much like the backbone of the song which I noticed. The drums come off subtly and I could barely hear over the bass line until much later in the song. I could definitely pick out the hi-hat cymbals with a conservative amount of snare. Rhythm changed when the bridge started and the tempo sped up until the climax which ended nicely with the drums and the piano. Lastly, Black bottom stomp was my favorite as it was the most fun to listen to as the quartet played to each other. I thought of a well-oiled machine with pulleys, levers, springs, and bolts. The song worked very well and I found myself tapping my foot as we listened to class. It almost sounded as if the saxophone players were communicating with each other in some lost dialect. I thought it was brilliant.


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: Juan-Carlos9264 May 16, 2010, 10:55:45 PM
The first selection we listened to in our Wednesday, May 12th class was Cotton Tail, a composition by Duke Ellington.  This is a high-energy tune with apparently no introduction and a fast tempo from beginning to end. It has a swing feeling, building intensity as it powers its way to a climactic end. It features a driving tenor saxophone solo. The saxophone section is very impressive with its chord progressions. A very strong brass section provided dramatic accents and the rhythm section was relentless.

The second selection was Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael. This was a performance by the Killian High School Jazz Band with alto saxophone soloist, Larissa Lockett. What a performance by high school player! I could not believe the phrasing and improvisation by this young musician. The tune began with a rather melancholy introduction in a slow tempo. The tempo picks up only slightly after the introduction. The style is blue and sentimental with a well-defined tonal center and chord progressions. The jazz ensemble plays a strong supportive role, but this piece is all about the featured soloist.

The third selection was Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton. The tune was performed by the Miami Saxophone quartet with soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.  This is whimsical and playful sounding tune with a medium tempo. The burlesque-like playing is reminiscent of the “gay 1920”s, cartoons, or old Benny Hill   television skits. There’s a walking baritone saxophone and it appears that all the musicians are having lots of fun. The instruments play simultaneously, almost in competoyion with each other. Somehow, all the instruments  remains in a key tonal center and musical organization prevails. 



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: paola0814 May 16, 2010, 11:26:28 PM
This type of music is not what I usually listen to. But I got to say that the piece "Georgia On My Mind" written by Hoagy Carmichael and arranged by Sammy Nestico, and performed by the Killian High School Jazz Band, was a very relaxing piece. It is a very romantic type of song. The tempo was slow and very smooth to hear. In the other hand the first piece "Cotton Tail", written by Duke Ellington and performed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, was not as enjoyable. The tempo was too fast through out the whole piece. It had the swing feeling and also had improvising with the trumpet at the end of the song. But it sounded kind of crazy for me. I like more of the smooth and slow feeling that Georgia On My Mind.  As for "Black Bottom Stomp" written by Jelly Roll Morton, arranged by Fred Sturm, and performed by Miami Saxophone Quartet is something that I expect to hear as a theme song to a old cartoon, like The Flintstones, the theme song we heard during the lecture on Wednesday.  Even thou I usually like the slow tempo this song was very enjoyable, it has a fun rhythm. It had the swing feeling to it. The trumpet was improvising. In conclusion I like both the "Georgia On My Mind" and " Black Bottom Stomp" but "Cotton Tail" was a very confusing piece to me and I couldn't really differ from one thing from the other.


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: Cristina6478 May 17, 2010, 07:30:31 AM
During Last class we heard a performance that consisted of three very unique pieces. We heard Cotton Tail by: Duke Ellington, Georgia On My Mind by: Hoagy Carmichael and Black Bottom Stomp by: Jelly Roll Morton. Each of these pieces carried its own uniqueness. Cotton Tail had a fast uplifting song in the beginning then it faded into an intermediate beat in the middle of the piece. This song had a swing feeling, both the base and drums had a steady beat, and there was also some innovation in the middle of the piece. This song also contained the AABA format. Georgia On My Mind was a piece that carried a romantic melody. The first thing that came to my mind when I heard this song was of a romance. It sounded like the soundtrack to one of those romantic comedy movies, of which I love! The song had a mixture of music components such as innovation, steady beat and harmony. The last song we heard was Black bottom Stomp. This song was a fun energetic song that carried the swing feeling. It had a high pitch which gave it a very uplifting beat. Overall my favorite piece was the Georgia On My Mind. I really enjoyed the melody and how it made me feel when I heard it. Romance is what came to my mind when I heard this piece. Music has a way of telling a story and transforming feelings into melodies and that’s exactly what all these three pieces did.


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: Carlos4177 May 17, 2010, 07:38:33 AM
I would like to start off by agreeing with Professor Wuttke.  There is a major difference in the experience of attending a live concert versus listening to musical pieces in class.  Having played the alto saxophone growing up, I was instantly drawn to Black Bottom Stop and Georgia On My Mind.  Black Bottom Stomp in my mind is a classic example of Jazz Music.  The Miami Saxophone Quartet does an excellent job in using the instruments to portray a walking bass line and the feeling of swing.  It also uses the standard form very well.  While listening to this piece I noticed that I had a happy feeling throughout the entire recording due to the fast tempo and the accentuation of the second and fourth beat in each bar of music.  They also did a great job with improvisation.  Georgia On My Mind was not like the two other pieces we heard.  The tempo was much slower and it had a Blues feeling throughout.  I would like to point out the vibrato used by the soloist was amazing.  The Killian Jazz Band did an excellent job using crescendos to emphasize their understanding of the musical piece.  Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington had a fast tempo. I caught myself wanting to snap my fingers along with the music, while tapping my feet to the beat. They did an amazing job of improvisation with each solo while using different tones and chord progression.  All in all, all three musicals numbers were a joy to listen to.


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: claire9529 May 17, 2010, 09:04:33 AM
I enjoyed all three of the tunes we listened to in class. All of the tunes were different and each tune was nicely performed. The first song we listened to was Cotton Tail, performed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra; this tune had a fast tempo and definitely had a swing feel. At times I felt like this song had so much going on, and it was so fast paced that I could not tone it down to hear what instrument was actually doing what. It definitely had improvisation. Overall this tune was performed excellently and kept its intensity throughout the entire piece.

The second tune on our in-class critique we listened to was Georgia On My Mind. This one I must say was by far my favorite! It was beautifully played, hard to believe this was performed by a high school jazz band, they were excellent. This tune opened slowly, and kept a slow tempo throughout. It had a romantic feel, which kept me hooked on the tune even long after it was done. Georgia On My Mind was opened by a sax solo performed by Larissa Lockett, followed in by bass and piano. The tune was long and had a relaxing tone to it. The song made my mood mellow and it took my mind to a place in my past. It ends softly, and left me wanting to hear more of this jazz band’s music. I loved this one.

Our last tune on our program was Black Bottom Stomp. This song had swing feel to it. I did hear improvisation as well on this song. It had a fast tempo but kept a steady beat. The sound was great, the sax, bass and piano all played excellently. At times I felt as if the musicians were going back and forth with each other, as if they were talking. Great tune! I enjoyed all three of the songs.


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: joanna8291 May 17, 2010, 09:13:37 AM
Georgia on My Mind was definitely my favorite. It's hard to believe that was a high school band performing let alone that the soloist was a high school student as well. The tempo was moderately slow and rather relaxing. The saxophone's solo was ornamented with many embellishments and intricate rifts.  Towards the bridge of the song the tempo picked up a little and then as the end of the song approached, it began slowing down in preparation for the end of the saxophone’s solo. When the music stopped in order to let the student finish their solo, it added a sense of anticipation as well as intensity. I was very impressed by her musicality and dexterity. Overall, this piece calmed me down immensely and made feel at ease.
The last piece with the four saxophones was great. The baritone saxophone acted like any bass in music in general; it held down the beat. Although each saxophone had a solo at some point or another, the soprano saxophone carried the principle melody for most of the song. The tempo of the song was rather upbeat and I noticed that there was a lot of syncopated rhythm. It added to the upbeat feel which differed from the fast swing feel in the first piece by Duke Ellington. The music induced a sense of joy and had an uplifting result on my mood. Music in general has that power to ease the mind and relax the body. I enjoyed listening to these songs very much.


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: Daniell4032 May 17, 2010, 10:56:21 AM
I enjoyed the firs listening examples today I class by Duke Ellington and his band performing Cotton Tail they had a fast tempo that was apparent from the very beginning of the song which lasted until the end. The song kept me entertained and did not drag on in any away. The song defiantly had repetoyive ideas throughout but I could only catch it a few times since my ears have not been trained yet .I noticed that it repeated ideas A the switched to a B then Back to A again several times.  I also felt it had a swing feel to it because of the constant steady beat. I could distinctly hear the trumpet, saxophone and piano the most and where used the most in improvisation several times but the trumpet was the most notable and most exciting to hear. Each time one of those 3 instruments played it brought a new feel and life to the song. I don’t think if played again it would sound the same but that’s why a part of jazz is improvised .I overall liked the song and would like to hear it again to enjoy the band. I am not familiar with Duke Ellington but his name does sound familiar. After this performance I would defiantly look more into his catalog of music and his band.


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: zula4675 May 17, 2010, 11:26:40 AM
  I love all types of music, but never thought that Jazz had different types of beats until I heard the three pieces that was played in class it was very nice to listen to.  The first one was Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington; I really enjoyed this piece because it was very fast tempo and upbeat. It was a very brassy, upbeat, and a happy song, it made me feel like dancing I enjoyed all the instruments in this piece and times I could not tell what instrument was playing because it seems that they were all playing at the same time.  On the other hand Georgia on Mind, by Hoagy Carmichael the beginning of this piece is very slow and melancholic, it is a very sad type of music the improvisation is not repetoyious it uses allot of saxophone. I did not like this piece very much it made me feel very sad and drained at the same time, towards the middle of the song its tempo  peeks up slowly with a sound of a  trumpet it was still slow enough that it became a sort romantic but sad.
The last piece was Black Bottom Stomp, by Jelly Roll Morton arranged by Fred Sturm, this music reminds me of 1920's when movies did not have a voice and they would play a piece that would keep the audience interested in the movie, it is a very playful and cartoonish type of music, and a very New Orleans Era where people would be hanging out the saloon's and having fun and enjoying life. The improvisation is repetoyious and up mid tempo but fast enough.  After listening to all three pieces I think that I would enjoy Jazz and I will try to listen to it more often.


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: Brian3534 May 17, 2010, 11:46:03 AM
Cotton Tail:
The fast tempo used in the composition of "Cotton Tail" was one of the aspects I enjoyed most about this number. The muted trumpet in the first solo gave it a unique tone, but most of all I liked the vibrato feel used by the alto sax in the second solo. The walking bass line was energetic, and was most pronounced when it was being played in the upper register. The affrettando made the song fun, and was entertaining. The outro was a bit too abrupt for the overall feel of the song, but I really enjoyed the gradual crescendo at the bridge.

Georgia On My Mind: 
The alto sax at the intro of "Georgia On My Mind" was brilliantly played. It was attention grabbing from the start, and the gradual bass accompaniment that lead into a soft a due with the two instruments was also well executed. I liked how vague the song was at first, making only very subtle gestures towards the original Ray Charles song. As the song progressed however, the melody became more familiar and recognizable. I liked the creativity and artistic license the band also took when they played double time at the bridge. It added to the dynamic of the song. 

Black Bottom Stomp
My first impressions of this selection was that it was happy, cheery, and cheesy, with an allegro feel to it. I was not my favorite of the night, but there were some notable qualities that I enjoyed. The harmonies executed by the saxophone quartet were complimentary, which toned down the abrasive notes played by the tenor sax. The baritone sax line was used in an almost tympanic fashion, keeping a rhythmic tempo throughout the song. Overall the quartet complimented each other well, and reminded me of a New Orleans style brass performance.


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: Manuel5944 May 17, 2010, 01:31:44 PM
Jazz is more then just a genre or type of music, as is evident with the music we heard in class today. "Cotton Tail" by Duke Ellington, had more of a traditional Jazz feel in my mind. It was the "swing" in this song that make many want to come up and dance, and that's what I felt in this song. It was a very happy song, and one you can tell the musicians had fun playing. The soloist improvising, as you can tell and playing with his soul, and what he feels is right.Georgia on my mind then too us into a completely different dimension, from going from a happy orientated song to the depths of blues. The tempo slow, and the alto sax gearing off on what seems like perfect play. It's almost unbelievable to think a high school band played that song, garnering so much emotion and displaying that with their instruments. I thought of a woman in a batontail dress singing in a jazz bar while listening to this. It could be because of the Georgia, but it seems like something out of a movie where you meet the actress for the first time and she dazzles you with her vocals and her tragic background. Overall, I enjoyed the piece, and had a blues feel to it. Finally Black Bottom Stomp, as a quartet of saxophones, I didn't know what to expect at first. After the ending of Georgia I'm glad to see the professor wanted to the end the concert on a lighter note, basting us to what sees like  New Orleans setting. The quartet shows how compatible they each are with each other, taking turns in improvising at a fast tempo, and never being off key.  The three songs we heard displayed Jazz as much more then just a genre or type of music, but a feeling. Jazz is a feeling that can be depicted as happy or somber and really knows no boundaries. I'm officially excited for this class.


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: Aracelly9082 May 17, 2010, 02:32:34 PM
Cotton Tail
The tempo of this piece was fast.  It had a swing feeling to it.  The bass acted as a walking bass line and the trumpet played some of the improvisation.  This piece made me feel happy, upbeat and very energetic. This catchy tune made me dance in my seat. I liked the selection because of the fast tempo and the abrupt ending was genius.

Georgia on My Mind
The tempo of this selection in the beginning was very slow, love ballad-like, then it changed between medium and slow.  The flow of the saxophone was very beautiful and the drums were ride cymbals for a section of the song, the piano followed along as well.  At one point the saxophone started to improvise against the walking bass line, piano and drums.  The music made me feel like getting out of my chair and twirling with my arms wide open. It had a very sexy, sensual feel to it.

Black Bottom Stomp
The tempo of this piece was very fast.  I believe the soprano saxophone and the tenor saxophone were doing the improvisation, but the tempo was so fast it was hard to really pinpoint which instrument was doing the improvisation. This selection had a swing feeling to it, steady beats with triplets. The music made me want to get out of my chair and start dancing.  It reminded me of a song that would be included in an old black and white cartoon of Mickey Mouse. I like this selection the most because of the fast tempo.



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: Tiane2500 May 17, 2010, 02:36:35 PM
During the In-Class listening the three selections of music that were played were variations of different styles of jazz. The first song was Cotton Tail performed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The tempo was very fast and had a lot of improvisations with the trumpet and saxophone. The song definitely had a swing feeling that made you feel very up beat and peppy but at times a bit hyper. I found the song very obnoxious and sounded to intrusive and bouncy. This specific song was not entirely to my liking but I didn’t hate it either. On the other hand, the second selection played, Georgia on My Mind written by Hoagy Carmicheal performed by the Killian High School Jazz Band was amazing! I loved every second of it. The song started off with a slow tempo with a slight swing feeling to it making you feel very relaxed and satisfied with the arrangement of the song. It was like a love story put to song; I couldn’t help but see a whole sequence of events play out while listening to the song. The drums and bass accentuated the music but did not over power the amazing alto saxophone solo which was very enjoyable and played very well. The last song played in the listening session was called Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton performed by the Miami Saxophone Quartet. Starting off with a medium tempo there were no bass or drums it sounded like a song you would probably hear in a Charlie Chaplain movie. It was cute and left you feeling sunny and happy. Overall I liked the different examples of jazz and am happy to discover that I enjoy listening to it.


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: Jason0511 May 17, 2010, 02:53:24 PM
As I don't have much experience with jazz music, listening to the pieces last class was very revealing. The first track, Cotton Tail, performed by Duke Ellington and his band, was a lively, dynamic piece. The music sounded as if all the instruments were playing as one, giving it a sense of unity. There was some improvisation within the piece, mainly with different wind instruments with the brass, piano, and bass playing in the background. The next piece, Georgia on my Mind, as performed by the Killian High Jazz Band, was somewhat of a contrast to Cotton Tail. Although both pieces featured improvisation, the way it was featured in Georgia on my Mind came in the form of one predominant instrument: the saxophone. The saxophone was dominant from the beginning of the piece, and the improvisation was of a more structured form than in Ellington’s Cotton Tail. With some exceptions, it seemed as if the player was embellishing pre-established notes, or simply putting a personal flair on an already existing tune, such as Irish traditional musicians do when they add “ornaments”. I think that the slow tempo of the piece, however, did allow for this style to give it a personal feel. Throughout these two tunes, the drums produce a steady, swinging rhythm, and the walking bass line is apparent. The next piece, Black Swamp Stomp, as performed by the Miami Saxophone Quartet, did not have a rhythm section like the ones that were present in the previous two tunes. Instead, the deeper saxophones, probably the baritone and tenor saxophones, substoyute for the string bass. This piece had the fastest tempo, and was probably the most rigidly structured out of all three. The four players each took one or two turns with improvisation, but the small number of instruments meant that each player had to fulfill his role in the tune.
   I appreciate that these pieces featured artists who stayed with the tune when they improvised: sometimes, when I hear jazz that is just all over the place tonality-wise, I do not want to continue listening. Of the three pieces, my favorite was Black Swamp Stomp. The improvisation was kept to a minimum, and there was a general musical theme throughout the piece, sort of like a guitar riff in the songs I usually enjoy. Overall, I’m glad that I listened to these pieces, as they broadened my perception of jazz as a musical style.


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: yarny5624 May 17, 2010, 05:53:16 PM
To be honest this was not the first time I listen to jazz but this particular time it changed the way I look at jazz because it showed me three different types or styles of jazz music. My favorite song was “cotton tail” which showed me a constant changed of rhythms some where fast and other where slow but it also showed me that even if the speed of the song changes the tempo or the beat allays stays the same in the whole song. My second favorite was “Georgia on my mind” it amazed me that the song was being played by a high school band and the quality of the song had nothing to envy to the other songs which where played by professionals, this song had a very romantic tone to it the whole song was being lead my a saxophone which was played the whole time. The last song “black bottom stomp” was a mix between the previous two songs because not only had slow and fast tones, the song reminded me of old cartoons music or television shows, it was like being on a circus over all this was the most animated song out of the three, This song also help me to learn how does the A-A-B-A works on a song I understand know how it works is always the same beat no matter the course of the song. Today’s in class listening showed me a lot more how does the jazz works and I am looking forward of learning more about the music.


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: Michelle7440 May 17, 2010, 08:43:59 PM
        For our first in class critique we listened to three separate songs. The first song was we listened to was Cotton Tail and was written and played by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. I enjoyed this song, it reminded me of old movies where you see couples doing these crazy dances. The tempo to this song was fairly fast throughout the song. The song Cotton Tail had a happy feeling about it, it sounded as though the players were having fun while playing and the attoyude reflected on me. It sounded as though there was trumpet improvisation.
        The second song played was Georgia On My Mind and was arranged by Sammy Nestico andy played by the Killian High School Jazz Band. I was very interested in listening to this song because i've heard a cover of it played by Michael Buble. I enjoyed this song the most. It had a smooth slow tempo and was very relaxing to listen to. I loved the saxophone soloist, it was smooth and just easy to listen to.
       The third song played was Black Botton Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton and arranged by Fred Sturm. I did not enjoy this piece at all. The tempo was a medium speed. The song to me was more annoying, i prefer more of a smooth jazz rather than a jumpy fast jazz. I know that Jelly Roll Morton is a famous jazz player, but i prefer other styles.
       Overall, I did enjoy our first concert, it had a variety of different styles and was easy to appeal to everyone.


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: Victor0877 May 17, 2010, 09:39:17 PM
To start off I would like to say that I was really surprised that I enjoyed listening to these three songs. My favorite so far is Cotton Tail. I love the fast tempo beat and I loved the saxophone. The tempo is clearly heard, Cotton Tail is the past tempo song along with Black Bottom Stomp. While Georgia on My Mind is slow beat, smooth and calm. I very much enjoyed Georgia on My Mind to my surprise. I’m not too much of a fan of slow tempo love type music.

I don’t know if it was just me but Cotton Tail reminded me of Tom and Jerry. The song sounds like an introduction of the cartoon. I pictured when they would run around or plan on how to get each other, there was always a background music playing. I guess I have good memory because it’s been a very long time since I’ve caught a Tom and Jerry episode (not sure if they still air them).

Georgia on My mind though is a beautiful song. I have to admit. It’s peaceful and touching. The song reminds me of a love movie or something like Father of the Bride. This song picks up towards the end but it goes back to its original flow and ends back to the original flow from the beginning.

Black Bottom Stomp has that fast tempo beat too. The saxophones are great. I picture a funny show or movie with this song. I loved all three but I enjoyed Cotton Tail the most. I didn’t think I could like this style of music. I’m excited to hear more.


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: Marguerite9222 May 18, 2010, 09:50:47 AM
Critique 1
Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington and played by Duke Ellington and his orchestra
         After listening to Cotton Tail various times, I tuned into much improvisation and creativity by the musicians. I was unable to detect the form but heard a musical theme and then, when I expected a repetoyion, a different and unpredictable form was introduced. This was confusing. The tempo was fast with many mixtures of tones. Some tones were long and quite expressive. I believe, I also heard the Bebop and really enjoyed the sounds of trumpets and clarinet. This piece was unique but the least enjoyable of the three.
Georgia by Hoagy Carmichael, arranged by Sammy Nestico and played by Killian H.S. Jazz Band
          The tempo of Georgia is slow and the style of Jazz I enjoy most. This piece reminded me of a couple dancing on a veranda in an old Victorian home in the heat of a midsummer Georgian night. The saxophone makes it quite sensuous, mellow and relaxing. I noticed an introduction and an A-A-B-A form. I could also hear the sounds of drums, piano, clarinet/alto sax, violin, guitar, trumpet and trombone. Georgia was very appealing to the ear.
Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton and arranged by Fred Sturn
Played by Miami Saxophone Quartet

          Black Bottom Stomp reminded me of the original Mickey Mouse cartoons I watched in black and white as a young child and  also, familiar sounds of the Charleston dance. It brought back many memories of music I did not know were Jazz. I know I will learning immensely in this class. The tempo was fast and I could feel the Swing. The form is A-A-B-A, with an introduction. The outstanding sounds of the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone were very impressive.


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: leah8536 May 18, 2010, 10:11:24 AM
After listening to the in class concert, I found that “Cotton Tail” composed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra was most memorable for me. The song was uplifting, energetic, and unexpected. My initial thought on this piece was quite simple. I noticed the AABA form, the fast tempo, and the unforgettable improvisation by the saxophonist. I later listened to the piece a couple more times and noticed how it starts off sounding very similar to “I Got Rhythm” and as the song progresses Duke Ellington completely changes the melody; which makes the song have more of that swing feeling. The sax was the solo instrument that carried the majority of the improvisation. The further I looked into the song, I discovered that the saxophonist Ben Webster was one of the greatest pre-bop tenor saxophonists of his time.  I definitely enjoyed this unique piece.
The song “Georgia on My Mind” was my second favorite. The tempo was slow and the melody was beautiful. This song made me feel pensive and tender. I noticed the saxophone is the predominant instrument that does most of the improvisation; the bass accompanies the sax as a sort of musical support. I enjoyed how the drums kicked in during mid song, making the mood even more intense and stepping up the slow tempo. Towards the end the song slows down a bit and the tempo becomes just as soft as it was in the beginning. This piece is definitely a thinking sort of song; not intended for dance; more for a reflective and pensive state of mind.


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: Chris3503 May 18, 2010, 10:20:25 AM
           Jazz is... One of life's greatest gifts: fun found within surprise. The in-class listening was enjoyable seeing as we heard of the greatest jazz artist Duke Ellington, along with a piece by Hoagy Carmichael, and Jelly Roll Morton. The first piece I would like talk about is Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington, the song format that I had heard was hook, improvisation, and then the hook again followed by an outro of improve. The tempo was allegro, had swing, and the role of the bass and drums were steady and had a walking bass line constantly moving the piece forward. The music is very dancy and I personally enjoyed it because it reminded me of when jazz was king. The second piece which we heard was Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael. The format that I had heard was AABA, and the tempo was adagio. This song had no improvisation as far as I could tell, mostly because whenever I hear it the sax usually does the same thing so I’m guessing it’s written in the score. It had the swing feel, and the bass and drums for this piece were meant to move it forward and keep it moving. The song made me feel reflective thinking about my past, my present, and it had me thinking of where I’m going. I enjoyed this piece because I felt that there was a lot of care in the sound and I didn’t hear any mess ups and it was recorded fairly well. The last piece we heard was Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton. I couldn’t pick up on the format of the song but the tempo was moderato. The piece honestly made me think of the black and white teli with no sound and a honky dory theme. It felt more comical than anything mostly because that type of music has been used a lot in comical situations on the teli. I think my favourite of them all had to have been Cotton Tail by the Duke mostly because it’s Duke Ellington how can you not enjoy him? As Almad Alaadeen said “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.”




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: Byron0058 May 18, 2010, 10:47:08 AM
On Thursday I listen to the first in-class concert in Mr. Wuttke class. The first selection was Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington performed by Duke Ellington and his band. I enjoyed this piece the most out of the three selections because it had an antique old feeling to it. The form of this selection is AABA. It has the swing feeling with a fast tempo. There was a lot of improvisation by the saxophones that gave it that jazz feeling. The trumpets had a very nice answer to the saxophones and the Bass and the drum kept the beat.
The second selection was Georgia On My Mind written by Hoagy Carmichael arranged by Sammy Nestico and performed by the Killian High School Band. This selection was in a slow tempo and had a smooth swing feel. The drums had the hi-hat in beats 2-4. I was very impressed by Larissa Lockett improvisation it was smooth, soothing, and rich in sound. It was a great individual performance and my favorite improvisation of the three selections. She played for the entire song without losing pitch.
The last selection was Black Bottom Stomp written by Jelly Roll Mortan arranged by Fred Sturm and performed by the Miami Saxophone Quartet. This song was different than the previous selections because there were no drums or bass and saxophones are the only instruments played. This song had a fast tempo with a swing feel and a very bright tone. It sounded like something that would be played in a circus. It was my least favorite song because it did not sound like a jazz song even though it had a swing feel.


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: Eric5279 May 18, 2010, 01:42:19 PM
 

Cotton Tail is a nice song with a very fast tempo. Very high energy  loud . For its time must of be one hell of a dance. As reading the book of conise  guide to Jazz, you all the beats the tripets . Looking at some videos or better yet you tubes clips aout the music and times. How people were always dressed to impress not like these days that poeple dress down or don't dress at all. So i can imange how they danced to the music. For my taste its is too fast and load. Now Georgia on my mind is nice tempo very relaxing piece of music. Steady and mellow tempo relaxing. I enjoy listing to jazz when studying or just want to relax. The beat was is slow and steady I'm not a music major so my ear does ot pick up all the beats as a music syundent would. I do enjoy slow mellow jazz. I try to listen to brazilian jazz I don't understand the words but do enjoy the beat and relaxing tones.  Black Bottom  Stomp sorry was something out of disney ride or a commercial. Did not like the beat or all he horns. It was dixie land music which to my ear was not appealing. There was many soloist and accompanist roles. There is a rhythm section and the a-a-b-a , chord progressions. Looking on youtube.com many people or groups playing the music are enjoying them selves. Dixieland music is not my taste.

"Black Bottom Stomp" is a jazz song. It was composed by Jelly Roll Morton in 1925 and was originally entitled "Queen of Spades". It was recorded in Chicago by Morton and His Red Hot Peppers on September 15, 1926

"Cotton Tail" is a 1940 composition by Duke Ellington.[1] It is based on the rhythm changes from George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm". The first Ellington recording (2 May 1940) is notable for the driving tenor saxophone solo by Ben Webster. Originally an instrumental, "Cotton Tail" later had lyrics written for it by Ellington. Later, more lyrics were written, based on the 1940 recording, by Jon Hendricks, and recorded by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

"Georgia on My Mind" is a song written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics). It is the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia. Gorrell wrote the lyrics for Hoagy's sister, Georgia Carmichael [1]. However, the lyrics of the song are ambiguous enough to refer either to the state or to a woman named "Georgia". Carmichael's 1965 autobiography, Sometimes I Wonder, records the origin: a friend, saxophonist and bandleader Frankie Trumbauer, suggested: "Why don't you write a song called 'Georgia?' Nobody lost much writing about the South." Thus, the song is universally believed to have been written about the state.

The song was first recorded on September 15, 1930 in New York by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke on muted cornet and Hoagy Carmichael on vocals. The recording was part of Bix Beiderbecke's last recording session. The recording was released as Victor 23013 with "One Night in Havana".

Frankie Trumbauer had the first major hit recording in 1931 when his recording made the top ten on the charts. Trumbauer had suggested that Carmichael compose the song.

Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road. It became Georgia's state song in 1979. Inspired by this blues version, Willie Nelson formally introduced the song to country audiences in 1978 as a #1 Country/Western hit.


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: Rafael1292 May 18, 2010, 02:00:27 PM
When I heard about today's concert I was very happy to find out that two of the groups performing were local groups. I was very pleased to see there are local groups that perform, appreciate, and keep music alive from a time in which music performance and musicianship was given the credit it deserves.

The first piece, "Cotton Tail" was beautifully performed by the all time classic Duke Ellington. It was a fast paced upbeat jazz piece.
A piece in which all musicians in the band had their time to shine by being allowed to improvise on certain sections of the piece.
I was very impressed by the technique and ability demonstrated by the drummer whenever possible in his rolls and small improvised sections. Always landing back perfectly on time making his playing seem like a perfect science.

The second piece was "Georgia On My Mind". As a matter of personal taste I always thought Ray Charles was one of the few musicians who could do justice to such a beautiful song. His seemingly untrained voice was always fueled with raw emotion that always got to me. His performance in my opinion was always unparalleled when compared to most performers. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the arrangement of the piece the Killian High School Band performed. The saxophone player was able to keep my attention throughout the piece, perfectly capturing that feeling of nostalgia I always get when I hear the Ray Charles version.

The last piece of the night was " Black Bottom Stomp". It was a perfect piece to finish the concert after playing the beautiful "Georgia On My Mind" this was the perfect wake up call for those whose attention might have drifted on the slower song.


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: Jaime2056 May 18, 2010, 02:41:00 PM
Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington
This song started with no introduction, from the beginning it was a fast tempo song, with a dramatic sound. The rhythm alters quite frequently, through swing feeling. The change form structure starts with AABA form but later it becomes improvisation. The solo from the saxophone and piano player was the most enjoyable part of this masterpiece. Overall this song absolutely had me tapping my foot throughout the whole song.

Georgia on My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael
First, I will to start by saying this was my favorite song of them all, my favorite music genre is R&B, so I enjoyed the smooth melodies. Huge difference from the previous song, the opening is a nice mellow introduction; follow by a beautiful melody played by the saxophone player. As the song progress more instrument come to fill in this romantic love work of art. The drums do not play a huge part in this song till later in the end.  Overall this song has such a relaxing sound to it, moderately slow tempo that one can just sit back and take pleasure in a gorgeous night.

Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton
I did not enjoy this song as much like the others, but the song is a fast tempo song, with a bright sound. I was amazed how all the different instrument; clarinet, trumpet and trombone played together without sounding awful, and that take skill because I heard diverse rhythmic pattern played throughout the whole song. I can image the music sheet for this jingle, it has to be complex. The song had a different swing arrangement from Cotton Tail. Overall this is a song of frequent swing from one instrument to another, numerous segments, and breaks. Is without doubt a song you can dance wildly.  ;D


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: hector0059 May 18, 2010, 03:06:15 PM
I think that the concert was good and at the same time a really good experience to listen to jazz music. With all the sounds of trumpets, hi-hats and cymbals, the experience that my ears enjoyed were not much than the sound of the swing. It was so good I could feel it going through my body. Starting with the first song, Cotton Tail, the swing movements made me want to move all my legs to the beat of the music. With the two and four beats that continued through the song, as well as the happy sensation of the music that made me feel, I was really enjoying every moment out of it. Yet, for me it was better the second song with the mellow and at the same time sad saxophone. Georgia on My Mind, with its improvisation and nice going rhythm, was my favorite out of the three songs. As the concert went on, I was entertained by the first two yet, the last one, as far as my opinion, was not a great way of finishing the concert. Black Bottom Sheep, was the one that didn’t touch me the most. It was too much of a silly song and didn’t feel the flow of how the first two songs where going. It’s hard to explain, but for me to enjoy a concert is based on the way the flow of the moods are actually going through. To conclude this critique, I think that I really enjoy the fact of listening to jazz as long as I can identify with the song.


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Ana 4144 May 18, 2010, 03:09:36 PM
The in- class concert was great, I was able to understand and expand more a little my mind about Jazz music. Of course with the Prof. explaining how to call out or understand the different instruments and structure that needs to be understood.
Cotton tail- the temp is fast, doesn’t seem to have an introduction but it does have an improvisation which I think it might have been the trumpet. There is also a piano playing that makes a melody in which one can picture an image of some one or something either dancing or running very fast due to the speed of the rhythm the instruments are playing. Although towards the end the melody slows down a bit, for me the music had a fast pace and I really did not enjoy it.
Georgia on my mind- now this musical was amazing, it has an introduction starting really slow which makes the song more relaxing and its catches the attention of the audience. But what really caught my attention was when the soloist saxophonist played its role, WOW that was beyond amazing. Its was being played steady and slow it made one feel nice and some what romantic. Georgia on my minds melody is a the type that can be danced to slowly in a nice event, because the melody stays constant with the slow speed just a little here and there is speeds up but not to the extreme . Definitely I enjoyed listening to this it’s was music for my ears.


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Dante6310 May 18, 2010, 09:25:01 PM
I was unable to attend the first in-class concert, however I was able to listen to the three songs in order to write this critique.

I was amazed that I had not yet heard "Cotton Tail" by Duke Ellington. As a former sax player, I loved the tremendous tenor sax solo that the song seem built around. The drummer and bassist do an excellent job of keeping the beat throughout. The piano line is timely and appropriate and the horn riffs at the end reminded me briefly of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima. This song (Cotton Tail) is a quintessential example of jazz that was an excellent choice for the first in-class concert.

"Georgia on My Mind" is a familiar song to me because it was one of the songs that I played at our evaluations in my middle school jazz band. I am ashamed to admit that despite even that, I still thought it was a Ray Charles' song originally. I have read that the class listened to a Killian High School Band version of the song and I can say that missing class brought an unexpected benefit of forcing me to listen to the original version of the song by Hoagy Carmichael. Every other version I had heard previously was much slower and more dramatic and, while I still prefer it that way, it was awesome to hear one of Bix Beiderbecke's last recordings ever. Especially since you played one of his songs in class today. Anyone else know that the original recording had a violin? I am not sure if Killian had a violin in it's rendition or not, but we sure didn't. Joe Venuti plays a great violin solo. Check out the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSKfkJUKbOc

"Black Bottom Stomp" immediately brought to mind images of a Tom and Jerry cartoon or a silent black and white movie from the 20's. It was a little too light-hearted and quick for my taste. If you focus on the piano you can hear it's ragtime roots and you can picture a rowdy bar scene from a wild west saloon. I did enjoy the clarinet solo however.

Looking forward to being at the next concert.


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Caitlin0337 May 20, 2010, 06:18:42 PM


Cotton Tail is a nice song with a very fast tempo. Very high energy  loud . For its time must of be one hell of a dance. As reading the book of conise  guide to Jazz, you all the beats the tripets . Looking at some videos or better yet you tubes clips aout the music and times. How people were always dressed to impress not like these days that poeple dress down or don't dress at all. So i can imange how they danced to the music. For my taste its is too fast and load. Now Georgia on my mind is nice tempo very relaxing piece of music. Steady and mellow tempo relaxing. I enjoy listing to jazz when studying or just want to relax. The beat was is slow and steady I'm not a music major so my ear does ot pick up all the beats as a music syundent would. I do enjoy slow mellow jazz. I try to listen to brazilian jazz I don't understand the words but do enjoy the beat and relaxing tones.  Black Bottom  Stomp sorry was something out of disney ride or a commercial. Did not like the beat or all he horns. It was dixie land music which to my ear was not appealing. There was many soloist and accompanist roles. There is a rhythm section and the a-a-b-a , chord progressions. Looking on youtube.com many people or groups playing the music are enjoying them selves. Dixieland music is not my taste.

"Black Bottom Stomp" is a jazz song. It was composed by Jelly Roll Morton in 1925 and was originally entitled "Queen of Spades". It was recorded in Chicago by Morton and His Red Hot Peppers on September 15, 1926

"Cotton Tail" is a 1940 composition by Duke Ellington.[1] It is based on the rhythm changes from George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm". The first Ellington recording (2 May 1940) is notable for the driving tenor saxophone solo by Ben Webster. Originally an instrumental, "Cotton Tail" later had lyrics written for it by Ellington. Later, more lyrics were written, based on the 1940 recording, by Jon Hendricks, and recorded by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

"Georgia on My Mind" is a song written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics). It is the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia. Gorrell wrote the lyrics for Hoagy's sister, Georgia Carmichael [1]. However, the lyrics of the song are ambiguous enough to refer either to the state or to a woman named "Georgia". Carmichael's 1965 autobiography, Sometimes I Wonder, records the origin: a friend, saxophonist and bandleader Frankie Trumbauer, suggested: "Why don't you write a song called 'Georgia?' Nobody lost much writing about the South." Thus, the song is universally believed to have been written about the state.

The song was first recorded on September 15, 1930 in New York by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke on muted cornet and Hoagy Carmichael on vocals. The recording was part of Bix Beiderbecke's last recording session. The recording was released as Victor 23013 with "One Night in Havana".

Frankie Trumbauer had the first major hit recording in 1931 when his recording made the top ten on the charts. Trumbauer had suggested that Carmichael compose the song.

Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road. It became Georgia's state song in 1979. Inspired by this blues version, Willie Nelson formally introduced the song to country audiences in 1978 as a #1 Country/Western hit.


Eric,

Can you elaborate a little more on brazillian jazz? What are some of the popular artists that I could hear this music?


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Caitlin0337 May 20, 2010, 06:28:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDDCzb3dv_Y

Check out this video of Duke Ellington playing "Satin doll"! Great song!

Doesn't Duke Ellington look so incrediby happy?


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Anabella5523 May 21, 2010, 06:37:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDDCzb3dv_Y

Check out this video of Duke Ellington playing "Satin doll"! Great song!

Doesn't Duke Ellington look so incrediby happy?

Yes, he definitely does! This is one common thing I have seen in many of these old jazz videos, also in the ones that we saw last class; jazz musicians seem to enjoy a lot to play this music, they surely have a lot of fun.


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: pablo4856 June 01, 2010, 06:18:34 PM
Critique #1
COTTON TRAIL (DUKE ELLINGTON) - This is a big band tune.  There is a lot of clarinet involved in this piece.  I enjoyed the saxophone solo.  I believe that this is a mid-tempo song, with a couple of highs and lows.  I also notice a couple of trumpets in the background.  He Drums were playing a low-steady note in the back the whole piece.  This music makes you feel energetic, something you would listen to while having a nice cup of coffee in a Starbucks while reading a book.  Something I also enjoyed about this tune was the trumpets highs.
 GEORGIA ON MY MIND (HOAGY CARMIDRAEL, LARISSA LOCKETT... ALTO SAXOPHONE SOLOIST) - this track sounds like Jazz to me.  It has a beautiful slow tempo.  The saxophone intro was good.  The brass and drums follows the notes of the saxophone.  All instrument follow behind it nicely.  At around the middle of the song the drummer was able to pick up the pace of the song.  Because of the title of the song, you can connect to the title as having good memories from Georgia.  Personally, this music inspires me romance! A tune you would listen to while having a nice dinner with wine and enjoy a slow dance! 
BLACK BOTTOM STOMP (JELLY ROLL MORTON, MIAMI SAX QUOUTET.)-  This is Dixieland which has a mid-tempo to it.  The bass and drums follow along with the music instead of keeping the original steady beat.  The Saxophone players get to do a big solo and as the song flows each instrument gets its chance to perform a solo as well.  It sounds as if they were improvising the whole song.  The clarinet has a big influence in this tune.  This music has an up-beating note.  But personally I prefer early Jazz. 


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Tiesha7814 June 16, 2010, 11:42:01 AM
After listening to all three pieces it was not hard for me to determine that “Georgia on My Mind” was my overall favorite. I really did enjoy all three selections but the slow and smooth sounds played by the band kept a very relaxing feeling throughout the whole song. My favorite part would have to be the heavenly sounds flowing from the skillful alto sax soloist Larissa Lockett. My boyfriend use to play in Killian High School’s Jazz Band for a few years and even though I never really knew much about music I have always enjoyed to hear them play. I also like the upbeat sounds from Duke Ellington’s Big Band in “Cotton Tail”. This song was very lively had a nice and steady tempo and since I have been in this class I have found a new love for the sounds of the saxophone preferably the alto sax ;) so I must admit I did enjoy the sax solo as well. I also favored the clarinet solo with its high pitch sounds clearly identifying its self from every other instrument being played. Last but not least I did take a liking to “Black Bottom Stomp” by Jell Roll Morton it was not one of my favorites but it did take me back to one of my favorite childhood cartoons :) . It was very upbeat in tempo with a lovely sound mixture from the drums, piano and bass. There was also a lot of improvisation which brought excitement to the song not only for the instrumentalist but for the listener as well.


: Re: In-Class Critique #1
: Yaidelyn7294 June 18, 2010, 06:22:16 AM
Is absolutely true “Georgia on My Mind” is a very relaxing piece. The soft sounds of this piece were so peaceful. The alto sax Larissa Locket was the greatest of all.


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