Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cherokee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj2wVxcYZHc   This is the most amazing technical trumpet soloing I have ever seen. I remember my professor showing this back to the class in freshman year and I was blown away then. Now that I understand the level of dedication needed to reach this level of skill with the trumpet I am very impressed. […]

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Duke Ellington – Blues for Joan Miro

  This is a great song. Again, he uses simple ideas and elaborates on them. I like how he is unafraid to rest in between his phrases. Sometimes he takes enough of a break to clap haha. I thought this video was neat because in relation to what we talked about in class on Thursday, […]

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Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Child

So many things I could say about this performance and about Oscar Peterson…I guess the first thing I noticed was his attention to voicing. Though not quite as explicit as Keith Garrett, Peterson carries his voicings to completion and you can hear the movement of the lines, especially in the beginning of the piece. Another […]

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Night in Tunisia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU2ze9tE6S4   This is a random live piece I stumbled upon a couple years ago when looking for jazz flute solos. The jazz flute solo in this piece sounds incredibly done to me. I love the way it works so well with the more latin style music. The piece also features a wonderful piano solo. […]

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Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

Apparently this is one of the best-selling jazz singles of all time, so I may be a little late to the party. The thing I first noticed about this piece was the 5/4 meter. Quintuple meter always unsettles me, personally, but it keeps the energy in this piece high. (Fun fact: this piece was inspired […]

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SFJAZZ Collective performs Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do”

“Do I Do” This is a very cool rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” by The SFJAZZ Collective. The trumpet player does a great job building his solo off the melody. It’s also interesting how he uses an effects pedal during his solo. Lastly, I find it funny that it looks like they are […]

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Elton John

  This is one of Elton’s classic transition techniques between songs. I think it’s cool how you can definitely see that he’s making intentional eye contact with his band members as he navigates them out of the song and into his solo. I like that he uses a lot grace notes in his licks. He […]

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Amazing Grace – Victor Wooten

  The way he incorporates harmonics into his solo is beautiful. I also like how he creates a groove for himself that he can build on, leave, and then come back to it later. Also a very good using of the tapping technique to create a great sound.  I love how at the end he […]

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Art Tatum

Art Tatum uses a lot of parallel movement in his licks. I can’t quite figure out what intervals they are, but they sound so rich and full. I also noticed his technicality – the arpeggiation he does in his left hand is something I only associated with classical music, but he does it so effortlessly.

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Freddie Hubbard – Red clay

Red Clay This video isn’t the best quality, but it displays great stage presence and pure musicianship. You can tell that Freddie Hubbard and his band are having fun. You can hear the passion in their music. Unfortunately, whoever made the video decided not to show the bassist some love and cut the video right […]

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