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1  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: ERIC CLAPTON - TEARS IN HEAVEN on: June 18, 2010, 05:13:14 am
yess..beautiful song but also very sad... Sad
2  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This class was fun and eye opener!!! on: June 17, 2010, 07:16:00 pm
I agree..this class was great, thanks professor, we learned a lot and had fun at the same time...(although I have to say the EC question was a tough one  Shocked )

3  General Discussion / General Discussion / Funny quotes from jazz musicians... on: June 17, 2010, 07:05:58 pm
“Contrary to several conflicting stories, I got the name "Count" right in Kansas City in 1936 while at the Reno Club. I was known as Bill Basie at that time. One night, while we were broadcasting, the announcer called me to the microphone for those usual few words of introduction. He commented that Bill Basie was a rather ordinary name, and further that there were a couple of well-known bandleaders named Earl Hines and Duke Ellington. Then he said, `Bill, I think I'll call you Count Basie from now on. Is that all right with you?' I thought he was kidding, shrugged my shoulders and replied, `OK.'”  - Count Basie

 “Look, you come in here tomorrow, and anything you do with your right hand I’ll do with my left. [to Bud Powell]” - Art Tatum

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.” - Duke Ellington

 “There is nothing to keeping a band together. You simply have too have a gimmick, and the gimmick I use is too pay them money!” - Duke Ellington

 “[Bebop is] Chinese music.” - Louis Armstrong

“If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.” - Louis Armstrong

“We’re not going to play the blues anymore. Let the white folks play the blues. They got ‘em, so they can keep ‘em.” - Miles Davis

“In Europe, they like everything you do. The mistakes and everything. That’s a little bit too much.” - Miles Davis

“I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public want — you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing — even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.” - Thelonious Monk

Hawk, I heard that record you made with Sonny Rollins! Don't ever do it again!
—anonymous fan to Coleman Hawkins   

Doesn't that fool know I recorded that song because I like it?
—Cecil Taylor   

Thelonius Monk went over to Bird and Bud Powell and said, 'I told you guys to act crazy, but I didn't tell you to fall in love with the act. You're really crazy now.'
—Charles Mingus   

I'm very glad to have met you. I like your playing very much.
—Charlie Parker to Jean-Paul Sartre   

The day I met Ornette [Coleman], it was about 90 degrees and he had on an overcoat. I was scared of him.
—Don Cherry   

Retire to what?
—Duke Ellington   

I don't know where jazz is going. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens.
—Thelonius Monk   

Man, that cat is nuts!
—Thelonius Monk on Ornette Coleman   
4  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #3 on: June 10, 2010, 07:54:26 pm
     Last class, we had another great concert. I particularly enjoyed the first song, “New Shoes,” performed by the Yellow Jackets. I tried to follow the song and get the form but it was quite difficult. I think it has the AABA form in some parts, but in others it hasn’t, it’s like it has a combination of forms from different styles. Although I am not sure about the form, I am sure this is modern jazz, and the style is Jazz Fusion, since I perceived components belonging to Rock (heavy drumming activity, the use of electric instruments, like an electric bass and maybe amplifiers) and Jazz as well. Also, it has a nice medium tempo. Other than an electric bass and drums (comping, keeping the tempo and playing a steady beat), we hear a keyboard (replacing the classic jazz piano) and an alto saxophone, which has the soloist role and performs some improvisations during the piece. I truly enjoyed this song; it encourages me to stand up and dance, to do things, it gives me energy. My favorite instrument is the saxophone but I enjoyed the keyboard as well, and I also think the title song is pretty funny!

     The second song we listened to was “Portrait of Tracy” by Jaco Pastorius.  This is also modern jazz, and I think is also Jazz Fusion. The electric bass performance is the most important component of this piece. I have to admit it has a tone I think I never heard before, very smooth, relaxed, and melancholic. The tempo is really slow, and there was not saxophone or trumpets (I don’t like this since I think the saxophone is a key component in jazz). This piece made me feel sad. It’s not the type of music I would like to hear in normal days, but if someday I want to sleep fast, this song will help me for sure  Grin

     The last musical selection we listened to was “Latin Dance” by Bob Mintzer Big Band. I am not sure about the form, but the style is definitely jazz fusion because it has elements from both jazz and Latin music. It has a happy medium-fast tempo, which immediately made me want to tap my feet and get ready to dance! Other than bass and very active drums, we listened to saxophones and piano. You can tell there is a lot going on and there is also improvisation from most or all the instruments. This song also makes me feel happy and gives me a lot of energy. It’s by far my favorite song of this selection, and it’s a great choice to close this concert series.
5  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: An example of "instrumental calls" on: May 24, 2010, 01:51:08 pm
Yes, it's Candombe!  Smiley It's interesting. Comparing Candombe to Jazz, both are influenced by African music but are so different, Candombe is just drums! Jazz is much more complex. Candombe is  very common in Uruguay. Blacks are a minority but everybody loves Candombe and is played every day on the streets. It's common that people leave their homes, and stop what they are doing as soon as they hear the drums and then they join the musicians or go outside at least to see them.!
6  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #2 on: May 22, 2010, 08:10:44 pm
For those of you who enjoyed "Mumbles" here is a video of Clark Terry singing it -.. it's even more funny if you look at him!
7  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #2 on: May 22, 2010, 08:08:43 pm
Last class we had another enjoyable and interesting concert. My favorite song was the first one, “Billie’s Bounce.” It has a nice medium tempo that gets slower towards the end of the song. Trumpets and saxophone have the soloist role, while the rhythm section includes the bass and drums (with the accompanist role). Both keep the tempo and the drums perform open high-hats. The pianist plays melody, also with the accompanist role, and the rhythmic feeling is really smooth. For these reasons, and the musicians’ instrumental proficiency, I think the style of this selection is Swing, and it has a nice lilting feeling as well, although I think it has some Blues influence too. I enjoyed very much this song. It made me feel happy. It is the type of musical piece I would like to hear while preparing myself to go to a party or a concert.

Next, we had “Stormy Weather.”  Bass and drums have the accompanist role and help in holding a slow tempo, and the song has the Blues style. I also listened to a trumpet soloist and a piano comping. This song is a classic, and Billie Holiday’s voice is lovely. I really like it because it tells a very emotional and sad story, and although it is melancholic, at the end it makes me smile.

We also had a video of the song “Manteca.” I think the style is Be-Bop because unlike Swing, it features the small combo, it sounds like modern jazz – with a tropical feeling as well -, it has a more complex improvisation from the soloists (trumpet and sax) and it has a fast tempo and a more agitated style than Swing. The bass stays in the background and the drums keep the steady beat, both accompanying the soloists. This song has a happy feeling but it’s not my style. Specifically, I like surprise and improvisation, but I think this song has too much of both things.

The next song we listened to was “Rocks in my Bed.” It tells a sad story and I think it has the Blues style. It also has a slow tempo and it’s melancholic. The drums are very low in the background accompanying the soloists and keeping a slow and steady beat. I also heard a walking bass, a trumpet, a sax, and a piano. I felt sad when I listened to this song. I didn’t like it; it’s too much sadness for me.

Last, we had “Mumbles.” It has a fast tempo and a virtuoso piano, and I think it has the Be-Bop style. Drums keep the fast rhythm, and a walking bass is heard in the background, both accompanying the soloists. This is a funny song; it made me smile a lot while I was listening to it. The singer mumbles all the time. I think he says a few English words and the rest is just mumbling!  
8  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Count Basie... on: May 21, 2010, 07:39:49 pm
After seeing this picture I've been reading about Count Basie in this website
It has a lot of information that can help us in class.

Thanks for sharing!
9  General Discussion / General Discussion / An example of "instrumental calls" on: May 21, 2010, 06:58:53 pm

Last class we talked about "the calls". It reminds me of the calls that we have in my country of birth, and that's why I wanted to share this video with you. We have a lot of African traditions deeply rooted in our music "candombe"
Candombe's history is so interesting! Since 1760, just on Sundays, the owners let the slaves to have reunions in a place surrounded by high walls. The slaves called each other using drums, and once together they sang and  played their instruments in order to keep their African traditions alive.
Now fortunately, slavery ended a long time ago, but the call's tradition still remain after more than 200 years!

Above is a video with a little background, I hope you enjoy!
10  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #1 on: May 21, 2010, 06:37:42 pm

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.
11  The Lectern / MUL 2380 Q&A / Re: Start of Jazz on: May 16, 2010, 07:45:58 pm
Thanks Professor…Mmm…that’s an interesting question!

There is a lot of controversy behind the meaning and origin of the word “Jazz” so it seems there is not an absolute and clear answer to the question. There are a lot of theories and stories about the origin of this word. Here is some evidence I found online:

•   The word “Jazz” appears for the first time in 1912, in the sports pages of various West Coast newspapers covering the Pacific Coast League, a baseball minor league. Ben Henderson, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels invented a new pitch he called the jazz ball. “Jazz” was then synonymous for pep or energy: “ “I got a new curve this year,” sofetly [sic] murmured Henderson yesterday, “and I’m goin’ to pitch one or two of them tomorrow. I call it the Jazz ball because it wobbles and you simply can’t do anything with it.”

•   This word was used as a slang word with many meanings, some examples:

“What is the “jazz”? Why, it’s a little of that “old life,” the “gin-i-ker,” the “pep,” otherwise known as enthusiasalum [sic]. A grain of “jazz” and you feel like going out and eating your way through Twin Peaks.”
“Now, out in San Francisco, the most popular word is “the old jazz.” It means anything you want it to.”

•   Now, how the word Jazz is connected to music?

It happened that Art Hickman and his band were at Boyes Springs, hired by the Seals management to provide entertainment in the evenings. James Woods, the manager of the Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco heard him playing there and hired him to play at the hotel after Seals training camp was over. As a result of this gig at the St. Francis, Hickman would become one of the major figures in the early years of jazz music.

Hickman’s obituary in the San Francisco Examiner of 17 January 1930 opened:

“The man who took the tom-tom throbs of San Francisco’s old Barbary Coast negro rhythms, adapted them to the wail of the saxophone and twang of the banjo and gave the world its first jazz music, died yesterday afternoon at the St. Francis Hospital.”

As the members of Hickman’s band turned over and left for other gigs, they carried the term jazz with them. Hickman, himself, did not like the term jazz, but his band members evidently did and used the term to describe their music.

Attested uses of jazz as a name for the style of music date to 1915. The earliest is from Chicago, which bolsters Kelly’s claim of being the one who brought the term east: "Blues Is Jazz and Jazz Is Blues."

So, we have hard evidence for the origin of the word jazz from the baseball citations, but where did the baseball term come from?

Some contend that jism and jasm, two mid-19th century terms that mean spirit or vitality. Also, various African words have been suggested, but while those might work if one believes that the word jazz got its start in the African-American community, they don’t fit with an origin in white baseball leagues in California. Finally, there are isolated uses of words similar to jazz in earlier decades, but that are clearly unrelated.

In conclusion, we may not know the ultimate origin of the word Jazz, but at least we have evidence that links the word itself with its origins within the musical world.

12  General Discussion / General Discussion / George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band - Mahogany Hall Stomp on: May 16, 2010, 03:18:26 pm
Besides listening to the music, I love to watch the musicians play the instruments. For those who enjoyed “Cotton Tail” and “Black Bottom Stomp”, here is another musical piece similar in tempo. This also seems to have the AABA in some parts, it has a lot of improvisation. I like the part when the clarinet accompanies the trombone, the trombone player is enjoying a lot! Watching this video I understand the book authors when they say that jazz musicians respect very much each other and that’s why they perform together but they let every instrument shine in its own moment. That’s why when you listen to a jazz song you can appreciate all the instruments although sometimes it’s a lot going on and it’s a little difficult. That’s why I think a video can help since we have the visual aid as well.
13  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Bugs as Leopold on: May 16, 2010, 02:11:31 pm
I am also not sure about which Leopold is, but I believe is Leopold Mozart, he lived around the 18 century, he is also very much recognized by the general public, much more than other Leopold I think. Also by the pictures I saw online you can see they are look alike.

Leopold Bugs appear in these cartoons several times, I love the one in which he appears and the people begin to say “Leopold” “Leopold” “Leopold!” and Bugs’ face is priceless! I love Bugs Bunny…
14  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Just for kicks on: May 16, 2010, 01:43:32 pm
Those were the good old days, amazing how something so simple with no words can entertain you for a whole 7 minutes. Plus the fact that thats all done by hand is amazing. Those were real cartoons...not those crappy one that come out these days.

I agree so much..I miss a lot those cartoons, I don't know what I miss more, the cartoons or the music since the combination of both was magical, each sound, each beat, each melody related perfectly with the moment in the cartoon. Among these old cartoons, Tom and Jerry were my favorites. It's amazing how important was classical music to cartoon in those years, many of us were introduced to master classical pieces by watching those cartoons every single day! For instance I enjoyed a lot to see any cartoon playing the piano since is my favorite instrument so I had double joy, the fun of the cartoon and the beauty of the music...
15  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: A different way to use glass bottles on: May 16, 2010, 01:31:56 pm
That was very creative! It's so true music can be created almost with anything, with any material! And that's because music is everywhere! This video reminds me of my mom, she was a preschool teacher and loved to make the children listen to classical music but also loved to make them play instruments, but because the school was so poor they didn't have anything else but a piano, so my mom brought a lot of stuff from home to school to make instruments, things you cannot imagine that put together would create such beautiful sounds like cans, boxes, fruits, seeds, and the children enjoyed it very much and even more because they helped in the making of those instruments they were playing!

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