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  • Friday Influences Thread... 06-27-14

    It's dead in here.

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    The 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's

    I was wandering around Fry's, a gigantic electronics superstore. It's HUGE if you don't know them. I move over to the CD area... and there are no CDs. Hey, Wake up old guy. CDs are history! OK but... each aisle of the old CD department is replaced with games, from DVDs of the summer blockbusters to the porno nutbuster variety. Always an odd sight to see adult titles displayed out in the open. Anyway... I digress. So, at the end of the huge DVD aisles are the last vestiges of my CD past. Box sets. Way too expensive. But... wait...

    The 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's

    8 CD Collection - $11.98


    It's gotta be crap. Right? Nope. Miles, Coltrane, Desmond, Mingus, Blakey, Jamal, Evans... and Gil Evans! On and on. All great, iconic recordings. The choices are inspired, the mastering is top notch, even the packaging and booklet are wonderful.

    This has been a kick ass way for me to experience a wide sampling of one of my favorite era/genre combinations; Jazz in the 50's. If you're inclined, try Amazon. It'll say $19.99 but if you select another distributer just below you'll find plenty of suppliers at 11 bucks.

    I pulled into work to Sonny Clark and I'll leave this afternoon to Art Pepper. I mean... really? THAT'S MY INSPIRATION THIS WEEK!

    I never knew anything about Ahmad Jamal. But I am so glad I do now thanks to this collection. Listen to his touch on the piano. He sounds like a vibraphone player. Like drops of light rain. Just... wow. Three guys, no drums. Guitarist Ray Crawford, a bassist, and Jamal at the keys. At 2:45 listen to how the guitarist take on the percussion role as Jamal takes off into an awesome piano solo... GREAT STUFF!!! Oh... and the collection's mastering sounds WAY better than below... open, clear, warm.

    It may be odd, but listening to this stuff gets my songwriting to go places that have nothing to do with jazz, but are inspired and new for me. Once again, now THAT'S an influence!


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    Dad is great and all but he never could sing -
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    Ahmad Jamal is great.
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    • #3
      Britpop and its antecedents.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaeL...S3uVhAcX1-7rmS
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      • #4
        I love it ^^^. If we're talkin' antecedents... Marc Bolan/T. Rex - 20th Century Boy!

        Last edited by Lee Knight; 06-27-2014, 08:39 AM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lee Knight View Post
          I love it ^^^. If we're talkin' antecedents... Marc Bolan/T. Rex - 20th Century Boy!

          Does the link take you to a playlist? That's the second song in the playlist (and yeah, a direct antecedent for the Oasis song before it in the PL).
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          • #6
            Trying to stay motivated at work on a Friday afternoon before a week of vacation.....

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            • #7
              Guilty pleasure or Friday influence? Maybe both?

              It's been covered by Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Morrisey, Yvonne Elliman, Burton Cummings, and more.

              I really like this song.



              And this one maybe even more so.

              “Good Vibrations” was probably a good record but who's to know? You had to play it about 90 bloody times to even hear what they were singing about. What’s next? Rock opera? —Pete Townshend, Melody Maker Interview, 1966.

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              • #8
                Been listening to this one a lot lately.

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                • #9
                  Well, call me a doof. "You're a doof". Thank you. But I think he's way too quickly put down or ignored. That first one, the structure alone is way worthy of studying and emulating in one way or another. Yes, he can be a little cutesy. But he's also sincere. Sincerity makes any personality type worthy of appreciation. And... He's really good at his craft.
                  Originally posted by LCK View Post
                  Guilty pleasure or Friday influence? Maybe both? It's been covered by Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Morrisey, Yvonne Elliman, Burton Cummings, and more. I really like this song. And this one maybe even more so.
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                  Dad is great and all but he never could sing -
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                  • #10
                    Hey Doof, it's Doof speaking - I'm with you on Gilbert. I remember his 1972 release of 'Alone Again Naturally' very well.
                    I still think its melodies and long narrative verses are exceedingly good.
                    There was nobody quite like him at the time.
                    'Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn'.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lee Knight View Post
                      That first one, the structure alone is way worthy of studying and emulating in one way or another. Yes, he can be a little cutesy. But he's also sincere. Sincerity makes any personality type worthy of appreciation. And... He's really good at his craft.
                      Yes, and as OGP said, there was nobody quite like him.

                      He's not everybody's cup of tea. But he's really good to listen to once in a while. And the rising melody line on that refrain in "Nothing Rhymed" is really delicious.
                      Last edited by LCK; 06-27-2014, 09:07 PM.
                      “Good Vibrations” was probably a good record but who's to know? You had to play it about 90 bloody times to even hear what they were singing about. What’s next? Rock opera? —Pete Townshend, Melody Maker Interview, 1966.

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                      • #12
                        All I ever knew of Gilbert O'Sullivan was Alone Again (Naturally) but I was always amazed at the long, long melodic line he carried off in such easy, unhurried style, only to cap it off with the shortest of hooks. That's style if there ever was.

                        His vocal phrasing and melodic lines are so like soft horn lines - can't you just hear a horn playing those lines?

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                        • #13
                          Joan Baez, "Diamonds and Rust."

                          “Good Vibrations” was probably a good record but who's to know? You had to play it about 90 bloody times to even hear what they were singing about. What’s next? Rock opera? —Pete Townshend, Melody Maker Interview, 1966.

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                          • #14
                            Jerry Douglas, with Shawn Colvin & Alison Krause, "The Boxer."

                            “Good Vibrations” was probably a good record but who's to know? You had to play it about 90 bloody times to even hear what they were singing about. What’s next? Rock opera? —Pete Townshend, Melody Maker Interview, 1966.

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                            • #15
                              Speaking of Paul Simon, he was known for "appropriating" other people's melodies.

                              Here's a case in point...





                              I like this song a lot...
                              Last edited by LCK; 06-29-2014, 09:37 AM.
                              “Good Vibrations” was probably a good record but who's to know? You had to play it about 90 bloody times to even hear what they were singing about. What’s next? Rock opera? —Pete Townshend, Melody Maker Interview, 1966.

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