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KillgoreTrout On December - 8 - 2012

With the recent passing of one of Jazz’s pioneers, the great Dave Brubeck, this week’s music thread is about Jazz. Any form of Jazz, from traditional to modern, from Jazz vocalists to Jazz piano, sax, trumpet or bass. Pick your personal favorites from jazz combos, to big band Jazz, to Bebop, soloists, mellow Jazz or Jazz that just commands your feet to start tapping. Oh hell, why not throw in some Jazz fusion as well.

So pick the tunes that move you the most. Have great fun doing so and listening to the picks of others. There is a whole lot of Jazz to choose from.


dave brubeck blue rondo ala turk


St. John Coltrane--Naima

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Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. Had to squeeze one more in.

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  2. The Great Lady Day and Lester Young. Fine and mellow indeed.

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  3. SallyT says:

    KQ, this one is for you. And, I know KT will like it, too!

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  4. With the great Jaco Pastorius on bass.

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  5. bito says:

    I used to listen to jazz quite a bit years ago, usually without knowing the artist or groups name, it was just on… Two artists I did like, and even knew the name of one of them, and that was Jean-Luc Ponty, even went to see him live. Very nice concert! Difficult to pick one song, but this one may “typify his sound’ along with always stellar group.

    JEAN-LUC PONTY “Rhythms of hope”

    Another jazz “sound” I go into was one with a mix of Afro/Brazilian/ Cuban/ Caribe/fusion jazz.

    A sampling perhaps?

    Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers – Jazz à Vienne Live (2010)

    Ah, and a little “slipper jazz’ some smooth “Brazilian Jazz”

    Santa Fe – live jazz music from brazil – Andres Jennings

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  6. AdLib says:

    Stardust -- Louis Armstrong

    I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ -- Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

    Misty -- Ella Fitzgerald

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  7. AdLib says:

    Another one from half of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, which may be the only song that literally mentions and gives a tribute to Dave Brubeck in its lyrics. And as it’s titled “New Frontier”, really represents what Brubeck represented:

    “I hear you’re mad about Brubeck,
    like your eyes and like him too.
    He’s an artist, a pioneer,
    we’ve got to have some music on the New Frontier.”

    New Frontier -- Donald Fagen

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  8. AdLib says:

    Killgore, just wanted to thank you for this ideal theme and tribute to Dave Brubeck.

    Do it Again -- Steely Dan

    Medley of Django Reinhardt songs

    Rhapsody in Blue -- George Gershwin

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  9. Bill Evans Trio--Autumn Leaves;

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  10. Cassandra Wilson--Corcovado (Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars)

    Very nice Latin oriented Jazz.

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  11. This young lady is an extraordinary Jazz bassist. I think she was twenty years old when she did this;

    Tal Wilkenfeld--Table For One;

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  12. Kalima says:

    Ballads. John Coltrane Quartet.

    Herbie Hancock 4tet -- Maiden Voyage [1988]

    Modern Jazz Quartet “Django” MJQ

    So What by.Miles Davis

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    • All excellent choices Kalima. The album, “Kind of Blue,” is truly a masterpiece. Real creative genius IMO!

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      • Kalima says:

        Hi Kt, I agree. The problem is that I have too many favorites, hard to decide on just a few every time. Some of them are not on youtube, and I wonder how much longer some others will stay up. I put a Brubeck “Take Five” from 64′ on MB, it’s gone because someone took it down on youtube. This is happening more and more these days. Sad really that some people spoil it for others.

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        • So very true. My short term memory is so bad, that often times, when I’m replying to a post, I forget the person’s name and have to scroll up to check, after just reading it. :shock:

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          • Kalima says:

            :lol: I forget names too, but remember faces. When I’m watching a film and can’t remember an actor’s name, I can’t sleep until I remember, and going to Google is cheating. ;-)
            So I find myself waking up in the middle of the night remembering, satisfied I haven’t lost it, I go back to sleep. I think I need therapy. :shock:

            This is a great video too, Miles is so young. They both are.

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            • Kalima says:

              Great trumpet KT, I didn’t know he sang too. Thanks for the video.

              I played the flute and the piano, but my hands were too small to master the piano well, much to my grandmother’s chagrin. :(

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            • It’s so great that this was captured on film. I hope it is rightly preserved for history’s sake.

              I played trumpet in the high school band, and it’s really interesting to see how Mile’s fingers work those wonderful notes.

              This is another great Jazz trumpeter AND singer, that I really like.

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        • I know what you mean. There is so much great music out there that is Jazz, or in some way, derived from Jazz.

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          • Kalima says:

            The other problem with me is that when I want to post a tune that’s in my head, I forget the titles. :( It’s no fun growing older.

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            • Kalima says:

              I don’t think it’s ever too late to learn KT. I have a favourite British author who started writing her first best sellers when she was in her 70′s, and many people who take up painting for the first time in that age frame too. So I think that as long as we are breathing, the opportunity to learn stays with us.

              When I got my first computer in 2007, I never thought I would ever get past learning how to send emails, but in a few months I could do a lot of things, even though I’ll never be a computer whiz, I can do more than I ever thought I could. So go for it.

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            • Kalima, I’m replying here because it seems the best place to respond.
              I still want to learn piano. Far too late for classical, but to be able to play Jazz piano would be great.

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