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Why I Love Jazz

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Robert

To me, jazz is much more than the sound that vibrates your eardrums. It’s a complex style of music, it’s a culture. To me, there’s music, and then there’s jazz. When some people find out that I mainly listen to jazz, they think that it’s odd. I’ve even been told that I listen to “old people music.” I’m not offended by what people think because had they actually been exposed to jazz they would probably understand it the way you and I do.


I believe that the number one thing going through the original jazzers minds was fun. Take for example the great video above featuring Louis Armstrong & Dizzy Gillespie. When I watch that video, I can’t help but smile and I almost wish that I had lived in that day. These guys didn’t worry about whether hip-hop is jazz. These guys didn’t worry about whether jazz is dead either (at least not yet). They were having a lot of fun!

Aside from having fun, jazz is also a very emotional genre of music. If you watch Ella Fitzgerald singing “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” you can almost feel what the song is conveying. The lyrics are masterful as is Ella’s delivery. To me, jazz is far more efficient at conveying emotion than any other genre.

The theory behind jazz is complex yet concrete. You have your standard progressions, throw your chord voicings on top with a sweet melody and you’ve got a jazz tune. Now that might sound simple, but as a musician I can say that I’ve failed many times trying to learn some of this theory. It’s tough. Not to mention that many of the times, the music is improvised. I’m always amazed at the technical proficiency of the musicians.

So, share with me please… what do you most like about this wonderful style of music?

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10 Albums That You Must Own

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Robert

Here are 10 albums that you should go out and purchase right now if you don’t already own them. They aren’t in order of importance, because that it would be unfair for me to have to decide which ones rank higher. They are albums that have helped shape my love for this wonderful genre and I hope that they do the same for you (if they haven’t already.)

1. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
2. The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out
3. Stan Getz & Joao Gilbert0 – Getz/Gilberto
4. Philly Joe Jones Dameronia – Look, Stop, and Listen
5. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstong – Ella & Louis
6. Chet Baker – The Best of Chet Baker Sings
7. John Coltrane – Blue Train
8. Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain
9. Louis Armstong – Hot Fives & Sevens
10. Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

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