Tag Archives: Jazz

Book Review: Possibilities – Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey

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If you were to ask people to list the five greatest living jazz musicians, Herbie Hancock would make it onto most people’s list.  If you asked for the top ten jazz musicians, those with the greatest influence, of all time, he would make more than a few lists.  If you are of a certain age you might remember his pop/jazz/hip-hop crossover hit, Rockit, its great video and the MTV Award presentation.  If you are a keyboardist of a certain age you may consider his solo on the song Chameleon as one of the greatest analog synthesizer solos ever recorded.  And many know him from his days as the pianist from Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet.  I would say that in many ways Herbie Hancock was the great inheritor of the Miles Davis legacy.  Miles never stood still, and claimed to have “reinvented jazz five or six times”.  Herbie followed in his footsteps by never following in anybody’s footsteps, including his own.  His music constantly shifted and changed.  Sure, he did occasionally do a little nostalgia, like the whole VSOP thing, but for the most part he tried to do something different ever few years.  Remember, this is a man who has won fourteen Grammys and an Oscar, and has received many other honors.

Being a music lover who is into jazz I had to read his autobiography, Possibilities. Continue reading

My Bass

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PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

The sun’s coming up and I’m getting down, the heartbeat of the city.  Jeweled lights, flaring stars of the street outside, blaze through the nicotine stained windows.  Ned, his lip nearly blown after eight hours above high C, exploring where only angels, and Dizzy, dare tread, has put on the Harmon mute and has put on his Miles’ suite, and is growling low and mean. Bev, starting the night like Bird, has moved a little more Dexter-eous, gone from Bopicity to cool-city.  The piano’s a choir and the brushes on the drums are soft.  I make love to my bass.

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(Read it out loud ;) )

Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This weeks prompt is here and uses a photo provided by © Björn Rudberg.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

Weekly Smile Week 18 #weeklysmile

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As some of you may have guessed, I like music.  I like a lot of different types of music.  One of my favorite genres is jazz.  I listen to “Real Jazz” from Sirius XM in my car.  I used to play jazz trumpet.  I love jazz.

April was Jazz Appreciation Month.  Yep, appropriately enough that is JAM – nobody jams the way jazz musicians jam!  It’s been celebrated for 15 years.  And then UNESCO has been celebrating International Jazz Day on April 30 for 5 years.  Even though there are events world wide for the day, there has always been one big “event” concert.  For the first time in its five year history it was in the US this year.  More than that, it was at the White House.  (Hint, go to jazzday.com and be amazed) Continue reading

A Few of My Favorite Things – Repost

The car puttered into its usual spot seemingly out of instinct. After a few idling seconds it went to sleep. Nothing moved. 30 seconds went by and then a minute yet there was still no movement. Ken sat in the driver’s seat staring blankly out of the front window with a state of mind that would make a Zen master envious. As the clock slowly ticked towards the two minute mark, something in the car finally stirred. Ken slowly opened the door and slid his way out. He opened the back door and grabbed his briefcase off the seat and his empty travel coffee mug off of the floor. He noticed but didn’t notice the new stain the not quite empty mug had made on the carpet. Closing the door Ken turned and walked zombie-like to the house. Continue reading

A Great Day in Harlem

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Typically I use my Image Mondays for my own photos or drawings.  Today I want to do something different.  Over the weekend I watched the movie “A Great Day in Harlem”.  I want to say a few words about the photo that this documentary is centered around.

In 1958 Esquire magazine wanted to devote a special issue to jazz.  They hired a young art director, Art Kane, to take some photos.  He decided to try to get a few jazz musicians to pose for a large group photo.  This iconic photo has become one of the great documents in what some consider America’s great contribution to Art – Jazz. Continue reading