"To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra"
Long before Cecil Taylor left his earthly body on April 5th, his music had since taken him far beyond earth's stratosphere. Music that sounds like Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk taking a hike to the edge of the known universe to give, on the edge of a black hole, a hell of a jam (waving to Stephen Hawking in the process).
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Second of two blog posts in which the jazz chop goes pop. (Read on below the picture. For the first part click here)
First of two blog posts in which the jazz chop goes pop
The contacts and crossovers between jazz and pop/rock music have been beneficial to both, although there are some examples where pop/rock overdid their job on ‘jazz’ records. Some jazz people and influences within the pop/rock genre are presented here, not unimportantly as an excuse to show some nice footage, but hey: isn’t that one of the points around here? (Read on below the image)
Wynton Marsalis played with the Lincoln Center Orchestra in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. JAS-member Ronald was there and reported back.
John Coltrane and the impression he made on our guest blogger Geert Hurenkamp
Much can be said and written about John Coltrane. Not so coincidentally (more about that later), I stumbled upon a Dutch TV item (Podium Witteman, from 37:16, in Dutch) about the phenomenon of ‘standards’ (both in classical and contemporary music) and My Favorite Things was discussed by show host Paul Witteman and regular guest contributor and composer Mike Boddé.
I heard Sonny Rollins live in concert two times. Both were incredibly inspiring. The last time I saw him was when he played at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The hall was sold out. Rollins played with such an indescribable energy. He always went forward, straight into the music, the groove, the flow.
If you’re one of those folks who are into jazz and mountain activities, I strongly advise you to take the opportunity to at least once in your life visit the Montreux Jazz Festival, typically taking place end June / early July.