Gary
Gary SuperDork
7/20/19 8:26 p.m.

I happen to like jazz. But maybe you don't. Let's start a discussion.

Scott Hamilton Somewhere in Europe

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
7/20/19 8:34 p.m.

I had a friend, RIP, that was heavy into Jazz.  He grew up/lived in NOLA and the NOLA area, like Slidell, when I knew him.  He said he had one Jazz record from some great Jazz players and it was so discordant that he just couldn't "get" it.  He said it was like every player was playing a different song.  Then one time he was listening to it when he was really, really blitzed on "extra strong tobacco," so to speak, and suddenly it all came together for him. 

 

Sorry, that's all I know about Jazz.

Gary
Gary SuperDork
7/20/19 8:40 p.m.

In reply to Dr. Hess :

Yes, that's what it is about jazz. I think it really depends on the artist and their music. I've listened to a lot of different artists. But I don't like all of them. To clarify my position, I prefer "smoother" jazz, like the Scott Hamilton link I provided. But maybe others have different opinions.

wlkelley3
wlkelley3 UltraDork
7/20/19 8:53 p.m.

I'm with you. Love jazz. Played it when I was young, mainly swing era jazz. Will admit though it is better live. Recordings just don't capture the atmosphere that makes jazz.

For that matter, I also like symphony. Played in a community symphony when I was young also. And again better live.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
7/20/19 9:41 p.m.

There are so many different types of jazz.  I like swing era as well, and some bop (like Dizzy Gillespie) but am not a real fan of 'modern' jazz that's really discordant.

TheRyGuy
TheRyGuy New Reader
7/20/19 9:41 p.m.

I love Jazz music, but yeah, there are some branches of the Jazz tree that are way out there! 

I think most forms of music are better live, but especially Jazz. Nothing like sitting in a little club in an intimate atmosphere, taking in the whole experience.

I'd have to say Jazz guitar and piano is where it's at for me. From Charlie Christian to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, to John Scofield and Bill Frisell to name a few of my favorite guitarists. 

This guys a pretty good trumpet player I guess...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvIXzeDLpMw

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
7/20/19 10:27 p.m.
poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
7/20/19 10:36 p.m.

I think we’ve had a jazz thread or three before. I’m a big Herbie fan, and a fan of all things that spawned from/around him. 

CAUTION: This will melt your brain. Anything left in there will have this song stuck in it.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
7/20/19 11:19 p.m.

How do we feel about acid jazz?

 

Plus Jazz is my favorite transformer.

Jim Pettengill
Jim Pettengill HalfDork
7/21/19 1:31 a.m.

As a sax player, I do like jazz, but not all types.  I like melodic stuff, so I'm not big on bebop (although I certainly appreciate the skill of players like Parker) or atonal stuff, so I favor players like Johnny Hodges (Soprano and Alto), Paul Desmond (Alto), Stan Getz, Ben Webster (tenors) and Gerry Mulligan (Baritone).  But I'm also really big on blues, too.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
7/21/19 5:55 a.m.

There are some of the classic acoustic jazz tracks that I really like, and quite a bit of the classic 70’s fusion work. However, I’ve seen & heard quite a bit of modern jazz that’s really just everyone in the band taking turns soloing over the same changes, and that gets boring really quickly for me, especially song after song. 

I studied under a jazz guitarist from Kankakee back in the mid-90’s for about a year, but I’ve forgotten most of what he taught me because it wasn’t very relative to the more progressive music I’ve always strived for. 

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/21/19 8:08 a.m.

Love Jazz- here in Ann Arbor, MI, we have a new Jazz club- there was a great one a long time ago, but some mismanagement forced it to close not too long ago.  Then another tried, but it was very brief.

This one is not only a jazz club, but a VERY good restaurant.  Went there for my b-day Thursday, and it was great.

I'm into bebop and the various tonal based jazz- for some reason, it really hits me in my gut.

stroker
stroker UltraDork
7/21/19 8:31 a.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy FTW.  smiley

dxman92
dxman92 HalfDork
7/21/19 8:31 a.m.

I grew up listening to jazz and dug the 70s fusion stuff more than anything. I strayed away from it for a time but came back to it. There is a great jazz/classical station in Philadelphia called WRTI. They play classical in the day and flip to jazz at night. Wrti.org is their site. I like jazz that doesn't over do it and that sounds like a hurricane of instruments being blown for the sake of it. A good groove does it for me more than anything. Highly recommended is a Cuban composer out of New York named Dayramir Gonzalez. I just discovered him.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
7/21/19 10:36 a.m.

Not a jazz enthusiast where I can name people and stuff, but it's very listenable.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
7/21/19 10:47 a.m.
Gary said:

In reply to Dr. Hess :

Yes, that's what it is about jazz. I think it really depends on the artist and their music. I've listened to a lot of different artists. But I don't like all of them. To clarify my position, I prefer "smoother" jazz, like the Scott Hamilton link I provided. But maybe others have different opinions.

I'm very much a rock guy, but appreciate jazz.

Do you have some more suggestions that I could give a try? I don't dislike jazz, I just have to be in the mood, does that make sense?

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 UltraDork
7/21/19 11:52 a.m.

Not a huge fan, I like some of it, but it depends a lot on the instruments.  I'm not a huge saxophone fan, it's okay accompanying other instruments, but if there's a long screechy sax solo I'm out.

I also don't like steel drums, so Reggae is mostly lost on me too.

Jumper K Balls (Trent)
Jumper K Balls (Trent) PowerDork
7/21/19 11:53 a.m.

I can do jazz through the swing era and up until the Benny Goodman quartet (I really dig Lionel Hampton's style on the vibes) after that it gets either uninteresting or outright offputting to me. Also scat. Go to any winery on a weekend and there will be some lady accompanied by a piano or upright bass doing her best at "bweeedopahdiddle...oohah"  that E36 M3 makes me physically tense and angry.

The "modern" jazz style where the drums and bass seem to be playing different songs and tempos while two saxophones seemingly honk at each other at random is absolutely unlistenable to my ears.

 

But a person doesn't get a choice in what appeals to them. I can't fault anyone for being passionate about it seeing what I am passionate about.

Gary
Gary SuperDork
7/21/19 1:42 p.m.
z31maniac said:
I'm very much a rock guy, but appreciate jazz. Do you have some more suggestions that I could give a try? I don't dislike jazz, I just have to be in the mood, does that make sense?

It appears that Jim Pettengill and I like a lot of the same artists based on his post above. So those are some recommendations. I'd add Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins as well. And of course Scott Hamilton. Actually, try any one on Pandora and you'll get all of them within an hour or two. I like "Euge Groove" (aka Eugene Grove, but a great professional name) and Boney James, but I wouldn't consider their style to be "smooth jazz."

Typical Lester Young

Give me an outdoor firepit in the warm months, or an indoor fire place in the cold months (I have both), a bottle or two of Bordeaux (I always have a case in the basement), and Lester Young or Louis Armstrong (oh, didn't mention His Greatness yet, but he's great) on my blue tooth speaker, and of course Annie by my side, and I'm good ... really good.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
7/21/19 4:43 p.m.

Love jazz blues boogiwoogie. I mix it up a lot. Lately I have been listening to Joe Jones and his trio.  

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
7/21/19 4:58 p.m.
stroker said:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy FTW.  smiley

No.

barefootskater
barefootskater Dork
7/21/19 7:03 p.m.

Some. Mentions of The Bad Plus, Joe Pass, I can get behind them usually. Also like Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny. Mostly I’ll listen to anything once. 

Ill fully admit most Jazz is in the “I just don’t get it” category though.  Maybe some “really strong tobacco” would get me there, wouldn’t know and don’t plan to find out. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
7/21/19 7:11 p.m.
poopshovel again said:
stroker said:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy FTW.  smiley

No.

Yes.

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