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Jazz: The 59 Sound 3

Posted by Andy Cahn On June - 17 - 2009

Today’s podcast looks at Miles Davis’ background and what led to his own musical changes in 1959. Davis actually recorded two groundbreaking records that year – “Kind of Blue” and “Sketches of Spain.” Journalist Ben Ratliff adds how these records helped to change how people listened to Jazz, and Carlos Santana remembers what Bill Graham told him about “Sketches of Spain.”

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Producer: Joyride Media

Jazz: The 59 Sound 2

Posted by Andy Cahn On June - 10 - 2009

In 1959, Jazz musicians and fans were both ready for changes beyond the bebop sound that had been popular since the mid 1940s.   Unfortunately, there was some resistance at the record companies responsible for bringing the new music to the marketplace.  Eventually, the labels were happy their artists like Dave Brubeck persisted, once “Take Five” became the biggest selling jazz single of all time.

Ben Ratliff, Dave Brubeck and Brubeck’s manager Russell Gloyd recall what was different about Time Out.

In stores now – Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out (2CD+DVD 50th Anniversary Edition)

Producer: Joyride Media

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Jazz: The 59 Sound 1

Posted by Andy Cahn On June - 3 - 2009

Welcome to the first episode of JAZZ: THE ’59 SOUND – a four-part look into how 1959 became jazz’s greatest year.   Dave Brubeck – Time Out, Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah-Um and Miles Davis & Gil Evans – Sketches of Spain are three 1959 jazz albums featured as examples of new directions musicians began taking that year.

Throughout this series, you’ll hear clips of songs from those albums, as well as interviews with Dave and Darius Brubeck, Sue Mingus, journalist Ben Ratliff and others.

Producer:  Joyride Media

Free mp3 downloads by Miles Davis & Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck from Amazon.com

Coming Soon: Jazz of 1959

Posted by Andy Cahn On May - 5 - 2009

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jazz’s Greatest Year, Legacy will be launching a series of podcasts examining the state of jazz in 1959 and since, as well as a multi-part episode dedicates to each of our 5 reissues:

Charles Mingus “Mingus Ah Um”
Dave Brubeck “Time Out”
Tito Puente “Dance Mania”
Miles Davis “Sketches of Spain”
Babatunde Olatunji “Drums of Passion”

Stay tuned!

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Fats Waller 4

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 26 - 2009

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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Miles Kind of Blue 4

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 24 - 2009

Producer: Joyride Media

Recommended: Kind of Blue -50th Anniversary Legacy Edition (2-cd)

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Fats Waller 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 19 - 2009

Fats Waller’s famous compositions of the 1930s and 40s have attained an immortal, standard-level of recognition and have stood the test of time. But what is lesser known is that Fats Waller was also an entertainer par excellence, bringing the music he performed to life with jokes and asides to the audience.  As historian Dick Hyman explains, “he was engaging in signifying – critiquing something while you are actually performing.  Satirizing what he is singing in very sophisticated ways.”  Playwrite and critic Murray Horowitz calls Waller “one of the greatest jazz musicians of the first 50 years of the music, but also one of the great comedians of the golden age of American comedy”!

Music included: “Ain’t Misbehavin’” “Bessie Bessie” “Christopher Columbus” “A Change in Me” “It’s a Sin to Lie” and “Your Feets Too Big”

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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Miles Kind of Blue 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 17 - 2009

In this podcast, musicians Herbie Hancock, David Amram and Jimmy Cobb address the music theory behind Kind of Blue, and how the feeling of the musicians was equally as important as the compositions themselves in its creation.  Considered “Modal Jazz” as it is written from a few basic notes that form the structure of the song, it is as Herbie Hancock says “a new use of an old technique.”  David Amram expounds: “Miles knew that music from India, the middle east and native music around the world would have a basic scale, and the sophistication would be in HOW you did it.”  Herbie Hancock concurs with Amram on his interpretation of this historic album: “Musicians could easily learn the songs, of course the challenge was playing them.”

Songs included: “All Blues” “Blue in Green” and “Freddie Freeloader”

Producer: Joyride Media

Recommended: Kind of Blue -50th Anniversary Legacy Edition (2-cd)

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Fats Waller 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 12 - 2009

Strangely enough, two things happened to Fats after he died: he essentially disappeared from our culture’s memory for over 30 years, and when he was talked about, it centered around his clowning and humor, which was sorely misunderstood. Despite his untimely death, Fats Waller spent nearly every day of his short life making the music he loved. In that time, he created a rich, prolific legacy that today is justly revered.

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended:  Fats Waller:  If You Gotta Ask

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Miles Kind of Blue 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 10 - 2009

Our second Miles Davis segment begins with legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean and Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb talking about the sound Miles was after with his 1959 sextet at the first Kind of Blue recording session on March 2, 1959.  Herbie Hancock also adds his thoughts on Miles’ priority for the session to capture the moment – not to do multiple takes of the same piece to create something mistake-free.

Music heard in all the Miles Davis episodes comes from the new 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Kind of Blue – winner of  “Best Album Notes” at this past weekend’s Grammy© Awards!  So please join us in congratulating the author, Francis Davis, for his achievement.

Producer: Joyride Media

Recommended: Kind of Blue -50th Anniversary Legacy Edition (2-cd)

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