The Jazz mixtape #003

Notes about update #003 of The Jazz mixtape.

Emptiness by Trio Elf is currently my favourite Jazz piece. Those drums are really something.

Niculin Janett does not have a band with a piano, or any other chord instruments, on No Parking Any Time. It really gives a special feel to the music and it requires the musicians to be more melodic and harmonically aware when they play.

For Jazz musicians to cover classical pieces is something that is really hard to get right. I think Nicolas Kummert Satie cover “Gnossienne” really works.

I really like the epic Agartha album with Oddarrang, especially Central Sun.

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The Jazz mixtape #002

Notes on update #002 of The Jazz mixtape.

Happy birthday David Bowie. Sue (Or in a Seson of Crime) is a collaboration between David Bowie and the composer/arranger Maria Schneider. She described the collaboration in a newly released documentary about David Bowie’s last 5 last years. The result is very good and once again showed what a adventurous and curious musician David Bowie was. Many of the musicians from that session also participated on his last album, Blackstar.

There are a couple of Latin American flavoured albums that I currently listen to. The first one is the afro-colombian inspired Pensamiento album by the Canadian trumpeter/composer Rachel Therrien. The second album is Metal Na Madeira with the Brazilian singer Paula Santoro and guitarist Ian Faquini.

Rakim is known to be influenced by Jazz, especially John Coltrane. In his early years he played the saxophone. The result is a very relaxed, musical and free style the absolutely reminds you of John Coltrane.

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The Jazz mixtape #001

Notes about update #001 of The Jazz mixtape.

RIP Alphonse Mouzon. He was one of the great fusion drummers. He was a member of the early Weather Report and performed on the legendary first album. After that he started a solo career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995. Mind Transplant is an album he recorded in 1974 for blue note.

Weather Reports first self titled debut album was released 1971. They were a true super group with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter as founding members. Many tracks have a ambient feel to it with very little progress and beautiful slow soprano saxophone melodies.

Also, Thelonious Monk and new albums with Dungen, Ethan Iverson and Bugge Wesseltoft.

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