I love those opening strains from Naked Lunch. Ornette Coleman's sax is as instantly recognizable to me as Billie Holiday's voice, Miles Davis' trumpet, and Thelonious Monk's piano. To hear Coleman's sax towering over the orchestra is just marvelous. Gotta start a thread on Naked Lunch...
Still on a binge of Ornette Coleman's Atlantic years albums. I realize there's an edginess to much of his music, but when one hears "Ramblin'" it's nothing but the Blues, man....and it swings like crazy!
The greatest single reinterpretation of any song ever (though not this particular take lol) Totally transformed but always recognizable as the original tune. Coltrane was always exploring that melody and I don't think he ever took it out of his repertoire. Eric Dolphy was a tremendous addition to Trane;s group.
Before his film and TV scoring career (killed him), Oliver Nelson was best known as a top-notch composer-arranger and a criminally underrated saxophone player. His most famous Jazz composition is Stolen Moments, from 1961. It appeared on his album The Blues and the Abstract Truth. One of the great Jazz albums. Nelson is the saxophone soloist on the tune.
Wow, I totally missed this thread. It started in 2006, but I didn't get into Jazz until 2009! I've aquired over almost 200 Jazz albums since then and changed my avatar from a baby monkey to Miles Davis.
I have not read this whole thread, so maybe I am repeating what others have said, but jazz can be very diverse, what type of jazz do you mean? There are certain types of jazz one likes and other types that one does not care for too much. Just like rock and other forms of music.
Bill Evans is one of my musical heroes but it was only recently that I finally learned to appreciate his work with guitarist Jim Hall, particularly Undercurrent This is not the first time I've come around late to something musically wonderful in Jazz (see Davis, Miles: Quintet, Second Great).
Have any jazz aficionados joined this board since the last post in this thread? I doubt it.
Watched LET'S GET LOST, the Chet Baker documentary by Bruce Weber. It was a sacred film to the few that I knew who loved jazz back in the early-and-mid-1990s, and we would watch the film frequently, glorifying Baker's self-induced tragic existence. Looking at it now, Chet Baker was an SOB of a human being, something that the Baker bio Deep in a Dream really rammed home when I read it some years ago, as if Let's Get Lost didn't already...
...whatever the case, Chet Baker, musician, is still "transplendent."
I'm apparently haunting Jim today because it seem slike every time he posts on a new thread I turn up. He's just such an in-ter-est-ing person I'm curious about the threads he's raising from the depths of the archive.
And speaking of archives, wanted to let people know that Arkivmusic, long a Classical CD purveyor, has just launched a new Jazz site: