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Hard News: Friday Music: The Jazz

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  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Danielle,

    I like to take it back even further.

    And this take just turns me to jelly...

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    personally I'm not too keen on Jazz, any performance that has applause after every painfully long solo smacks of pretentious puffery to me and the make-up leaves a bad taste.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4706 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    personally I’m not too keen on Jazz, any performance that has applause after every painfully long solo smacks of pretentious puffery to me

    Jazz applause can be problematic, but let’s not have that rule out a vast and frequently beautiful body of music. Still less let minstrel blackface (ahem) colour the whole tapestry.

    Although, I must say … DeepRed mentioned The Police upthread. Sting’s jazz-rock stylings make me feel vaguely homicidal.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18725 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    On my personal, Nick Hornby-ish, "Best Track One, Side One, numbers of all time" list.

    Cannonball Adderley's "Somethin' Else" is also the perfect Sunday morning album.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Sting’s jazz-rock stylings make me feel vaguely homicidal.

    Of course when it comes to The Police, the thing is that it’s only tangentially about Sting. It’s *really* about Stewart Copeland.

    Speaking of drummers, anyone for some Gene Krupa?

    (Edited to note that Harry James, trumpet-player there, married Betty Grable in the same Las Vegas chapel in which I was hitched. I feel almost like Kevin Bacon.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Jazz applause can be problematic...

    Caution Jazz Hands

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4700 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood, in reply to Richard Stewart,

    It’s an odd genre, Jazz. I can’t think of any other, except perhaps Hip-Hop (and perhaps Country), that invokes such extreme reactions from people; you either like it or you hate it.

    I think it's even more complicated like that- much like hip hop and rap, you get a lot of people liking a very defined era/aspect of the music, and declaring antipathy for the rest. Think of the way that the Golden Age of hip hop is venerated- I mean, it's justified in that a lot of the music from that era is just about the best music ever, to these ears, but it also can lead to a rather backward or reactionary stance on everything that's happened since, good bad, or otherwise.

    I've gotta admit that for myself, my knowledge of Jazz is largely limited to the "canon"- i.e. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, et al- but my favourite stuff in that hits me like no other music possibly can. I'll post perhaps two of the most obvious choices ever, largely because, in the case of the first one, there's a sense of absolute calm and space that seems to transport me, whereas the second one swings like nothing else on this planet. Sure nuff.

    I will also say that there has been a lot more great literature about jazz music than there has about rock music, largely due to the conflict and personalities, not to mention historical context. And this is coming from someone who loves a great book about rock more than anything else (just picked up a copy of Stanley Booth's the True Adventures of the Rolling Stones for cheap, it's exhilirating stuff.)

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Then there's BRAD MELDHAU

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris, in reply to Danielle,

    Of course when it comes to The Police, the thing is that it’s only tangentially about Sting.

    Speaking of tangents; it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Sting:

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

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