eMusic.com and Jazz
by Ron Lindeboom on Oct 22, 2006 at 4:15:00 pm
Man, I have just spent the last couple of days getting to know eMusic.com's jazz section. What an incredible width and depth. There are albums there from the earliest days of jazz, up to many newer projects, fusion, Latin, Acid, pop jazz like Spyro Gyra and Yellowjackets, etc., and even tons of Chick Corea and many, many others.
Upgraded my account to 90 downloads (just $19.99) and for the price of one album, I made some wonderful additions to my jazz collection, finding treasures from Chick Corea, Allan Holdsworth, Azimuth, Eddie Palmieri, Charlie Byrd, Mongo Santamaria and many, many others.
Even snagged the latest Renaissance album (which I hadn't bought because it usually sells for $22 or more) for a tasty little sum of about $2 -- not bad. ;o)
Re: eMusic.com and Jazz by Tim Wilson on Oct 22, 2006 at 7:46:39 pm
My jazz tastes tend to run a little further back. One of my very, very favorites is Bill Evans, whose work in the late 50s and early 60s pretty much defined the jazz trio once and for all.
If you're dipping your toes in, you might start with The Bill Evans Trio: Sunday at The Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby, both of which came out of a two shows (afternoon and evening) one day at the legendary New York club. Absolutely amazing stuff.
I think you can argue that he's among the very most influential post-war jazz musicians. Certainly at the top of the list for pianists -- Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett are just a few whose style follows Evans.
Another jazz musician at the top of the list of influencers is Miles Davis -- for whom Evans was a pivotal piece of Kind of Blue, as a player, an arranger, and co-writer with Davis.
A bit of trivia -- Harold Rhodes build his electric piano to Evans' specifications. Now THAT's influence.
Not just influential, Evans was also very, very good.
Also at emusic: much of the 50s output of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Thelonius Monk. John Coltrane, Modern Jazz Quartet, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy -- they're all there.
So yeah, I've focused most of my comments re: emusic on contemporary indie music, there's acres and acres of great jazz too.
Funny. I just downloaded Thelonious Monk, The Thelonious Monk trio album. Really beautiful playing along with some very interesting arrangements. BTW. Have any of you seen the Scorcese series on the blues. I watched Clint Eastwood's film on Paino Blues TWICE. This was a great find too, really nice playing by a variety of artists and some fantastic historic footage. The main interviews are with Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck and Dr. John.
Re: eMusic.com and Jazz by Bob Zelin on Feb 8, 2007 at 11:06:10 pm
My jazz tastes also run further back. Bill Evans - amazing. Dave Brubeck - amazing. Believe me, I am in awe of Allan Holdsworth, but for pure entertainment for jazz - Jimmy Smith on Hammond Organ. There would be no ELP without Jimmy Smith.
And I blame Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock's popularity in the 70's from turning people away from progressive rock, and listening to more "user friendly" music like Disco and Punk. The masses did not want to hear Chick Corea - and this type of jazz destroyed progressive rocks' popularity at the time (hey - this is my distorted view of how things happened back then).
Re: eMusic.com and Jazz by Tim Wilson on Feb 8, 2007 at 11:36:44 pm
Jimmy Smith! It's sad to me how rare the Hammond is in jazz today. Still around though -- one of my very, very favorite local jazz "bands" is a duo: Hammond Organ and a drummer. I know some folks will say, "What?!?!"...but geezers like us know that this is as sweet as it gets.
A speedy PS on Bill Evans. The Village Vanguard stuff is stellar, but I've recently become enamored of his follow-up studio record, called Moonbeams.
Ten days after the Vanguard recordings, Evans' bassist and friend Scott LaFaro died in an auto accident at 25. (LaFaro's influence on bass is very nearly that of Evans'.)
Even though Moonbeams is "just" ballads, it's startling to hear nearly 50 years later how much emotion Evans can pack into an acoustic trio playing very, very quietly.
There's lots of contemporary stuff I love, but this stuff is amazing.....