Thursday, November 8, 2007
my Mistress Jazz.
I love me some Jazz. I'm a eclectic dude I love all types of music but on a very chill, laid back, emotional level I love listening to Jazz, it just has this mystical magic to it...The Blues does that to me also (but that sir is a blog for another day!). A lot of people say jazz is boring, outdated, blah blah whatever but those people say that because they actually don’t take the time to sit and listen to it, and understand it. I mean people say all the time "oh hip hop that’s that gangster kill you shoot you with guns, and drugs, and money, and call girls bitches, crazy music...why do you like that", and it's a bunch of b.s. cause they don’t take the time to understand, learn, and listen to hip hop; and the good hip hop, not top 40 radio pop hits. This same situation can be directed at Jazz music. Yeah that's right I'm a jazz fan, shit look at my main blog picture and most of you already know I'm down on some jazz, but also the name of my blog will tell most that I am a jazz fan also. Blue In Green, my favorite jazz tune from Mr. Davis. Also I think Jazz has effected me positively when it came to certain hip hop--Tribe, Nas, Native Tongues, Jurassic 5, The Roots, Gangstarr, Eric B. and Rakim all infused Jazz into their sound. Now I don’t have a million and one jazz albums, I cant tell you too much exact information or details about the artists or the albums of all of them, but I can tell you what I know and I can show you some of my favorite tunes and give you a few albums (all of them right now are Miles Davis cause well that’s all the Jazz I have on my work computer...get over it aight!).
Now I'm a hip hop head for life, and that is my first love but boy do I have a great side fling with the mistress Jazz. Boy does she ever seduce me with her cool, smooth, and laid back ways. I love listening to her in the mornings, while I take the time to wipe the sleep from my eyes, and she's a great comfort when your feeling ill and down. Here's a few of my favorite artists and albums and some goodies for you to dload...
of course to start it off...my man Miles. And my personal favorite from Miles is Kind of Blue, with a close second to Porgy and Bess(that shit gets me going). Check out this cool cat in action as he does a interview with the ever so uptight Bryant Gumbal, that was a bad choice of a interviewer most def.
It all started with Miles, esp. since the first jazz song I want to say I can clearly remember listening to and comprehended was Summertime, (#5 on Porgy and Bess:see below.)
Here are a few albums of Miles for you guys to enjoy:
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Miles Davis (w/ Gil Evans) - Porgy and Bess
Miles Davis - Birth of Cool
And then along with Miles, I was introduced to the late and great Mr. John Coltrane...My favorite albums form Trane were A Love Supreme and My Favorite Things, and I'm sure I'm not alone on that.
Miles Davis and John Coltrane - So What (dopeness)
Besides the duets with Miles, the first song I heard from John with his own Quartet was this classic tune...
John Coltrane Quartet - My Favorite Things (and I hate the sound of music and the original song)
Also another favorite of mine from Trane and Miles...Round about Midnight--
And if your are gonna talk about Coltrane, then you should def talk about the original great jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker aka Bird.
Charlie Parker Session w/ Coleman Hawkins (Beans and Bird)
And you gotta have the funky man on the piano...Thelonious Monk. I'm not that familiar with Monk the same goes with Charlie Parker) as I am with Miles and Trane, but the more I hear from them the more I wanna explorer and listen to...
Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk (check him out, just banging on the keys...)
**I heard some of that new The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall album, awesome I tell ya.
Now I know I don’t know all the artists and albums, I just wanted to drop a lil example of what Jazz I like and what artists I enjoy, so don’t trip if you didn’t see your favorite artists on here, I know there's plenty more greats(Louis, Billie, Duke, Billie, Herbie, Gales, Dizzy, I could go on for days...) to talk about but I just wanted to show my personal favorite few artists and albums, and share some music with you guys...hope this is chill for ya Cali Rob, enjoy your day off bastid!
Until next time peoples,
peace and one love--