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1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (461-480)

27 Feb

Here is another 20 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 461 through 480.

P.S. – You may notice a common theme among the musicians this week.

461. Pete Fountain’s New Orleans – Pete Fountain (MCA Records, 1957)

462. Piano in E – Solo Piano – Ellis Marsalis (Rounder, 1986)

463. New Orleans, Vol. 1 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Columbia, 1977)

464. Strange Fruit – Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Basin Street Records, 2005)

465. The Library of Congress Recordings (compilation) – Jelly Roll Morton (Rounder, 1938 recording dates, 2007 compilation release date)

466. Al Hirt’s Jazz Band Ball – Al Hirt (1956)

467. Mysterious Shorter – Nicholas Payton (Chesky, 2006)

468. Louis Armstrong and King Oliver (compilation) – Louis Armstrong and King Oliver (Milestone Records, 1923-24 recording dates, 1977 release date)

469. Oh, My Nola – Harry Connick, Jr. (Columbia, 2007)

470. Bounce – Terence Blanchard (Blue Note, 2003)

471. Live at Newport – Mahalia Jackson (Columbia, 1958)

472. Trio Jeepy – Branford Marsalis (Columbia, 1988)

473. The Fabulous Sidney Bechet – Sidney Bechet (Blue Note, 1958)

474. In Binghamton, N.Y., Vol. 2 – De De and Billie Pierce (American Recordings, 1962)

475. The Legendary Kid – Kid Ory (Good Time Jazz, 1956)

476. Duke Elegant – Dr. John (Blue Note, 2000)

477. Funeral For a Friend – Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Ropeadope Records, 2004)

478. Live at Blues Alley – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1987)

479. The Bright Mississippi – Allen Toussaint (Nonesuch Records, 2009)

480. Jump, Jive, and Wail: The Essential Louis Prima (compilation) – Louis Prima (Capitol/EMI Records, 2007)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (441-460)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (421-440)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (401-420)

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 7 (Quarterfinals): University of North Texas One O' Clock Lab Band vs. the BYU Synthesis Big Band

23 Feb

Congratulations to the week 6 winner, the Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I, who beat the University Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I with a whopping 88% of the vote.

The quarterfinals continue now, and I expect some close matchups. Week 7 begins now, with the quarterfinal match up between the University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band versus the BYU Synthesis Big Band.

To see the bracket, click here.

Each week, two college or university big bands will “face off”. You, as the reader, will listen to a song from each band, and then vote for the one you like the best. After the week is over, one team will move on to the next round, and we will feature two new bands. The last band standing is the Clash of the College Bands winner.

Below are the next two school bands.

Click on the link for each school below. Audio will begin in a new page. After you have listened to each band, vote on the one you like the best.

University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band – Dark Matters

BYU Synthesis Big Band – Begin the Beguine

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 6 (quarterfinals): University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I vs Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 5 (quarterfinals): University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 4: Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble I vs. University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 3: University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble vs. BYU Synthesis Big Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 2: Willamette University Jazz Collective vs. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

Clash of the College Bands

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 7 (Quarterfinals): University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band vs. the BYU Synthesis Big Band

23 Feb

Congratulations to the week 6 winner, the Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I, who beat the University Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I with a whopping 88% of the vote.

The quarterfinals continue now, and I expect some close matchups. Week 7 begins now, with the quarterfinal match up between the University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band versus the BYU Synthesis Big Band.

To see the bracket, click here.

Each week, two college or university big bands will “face off”. You, as the reader, will listen to a song from each band, and then vote for the one you like the best. After the week is over, one team will move on to the next round, and we will feature two new bands. The last band standing is the Clash of the College Bands winner.

Below are the next two school bands.

Click on the link for each school below. Audio will begin in a new page. After you have listened to each band, vote on the one you like the best.

University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band – Dark Matters

BYU Synthesis Big Band – Begin the Beguine

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 6 (quarterfinals): University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I vs Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 5 (quarterfinals): University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 4: Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble I vs. University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 3: University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble vs. BYU Synthesis Big Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 2: Willamette University Jazz Collective vs. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

Clash of the College Bands

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (441-460)

20 Feb

Here is another 20 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 441 through 460.

441. Search For the New Land – Lee Morgan (Toshiba EMI, 1964)

442. Chile Con Soul – Poncho Sanchez (Concord Picante, 1989)

443. Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington – Aretha Franklin (Edsel, 1964)

444. Cannonball & Coltrane – Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane (Emarcy, 1959)

445. The Hawk Flies High – Coleman Hawkins (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, 1957)

446. Gunn Fu – Russell Gunn (High Note, 1997)

447. Reach – Jacky Terrasson (Parlophone Records, 1996)

448. Cyrus Chestnut – Cyrus Chestnut (Atlantic, 1998)

449. The Best of Slim Gaillard: Laughin’ in Rhythm – Slim Gaillard (Verve, 1994)

450. Sweet Home Cookin’ – Karrin Allyson (Concord, 1994)

451. The Thelonious Monk Orchrstra at Town Hall – Thelonious Monk (Original Jazz Classics, 1959)

452. So What? – Monty Alexander (Black & Blue, 1979)

453. To Bird With Love – Eddie Daniels (GRP Records, 1987)

454. Midnight Special – Jimmy Smith (Blue Note, 1960)

455. Jazz at Massey Hall – The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach) (Original Jazz Classics, 1953)

456. After the Morning – John Hicks (Unidisc, 1979)

457. Twentysomething – Jamie Cullum (Verve, 2004)

458. The Happy Blues – Gene Ammons (Prestige/OJC, 1956)

459. One More Once – Michel Camilo (Columbia, 1995)

460. 100 Years of Django – Frank Vignola (Azica Records, 2009)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (421-440)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (401-420)

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 6 (Quarterfinals): University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I vs. Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I

17 Feb

Congratulations to the week 5 winner, the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I, who edged out the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band with 54% of the vote.

The quarterfinals continue now, and I expect some close matchups. Week 6 begins now, with the quarterfinal match up between the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Ensemble versus the Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I.

To see the bracket, click here.

Each week, two college or university big bands will “face off”. You, as the reader, will listen to a song from each band, and then vote for the one you like the best. After the week is over, one team will move on to the next round, and we will feature two new bands. The last band standing is the Clash of the College Bands winner.

Below are the next two school bands.

Click on the link for each school below. Audio will begin in a new page. After you have listened to each band, vote on the one you like the best.

University of Northern Colorado Lab Band 1 – Flux in the Box (audio made available by UNC Jazz Studies website)

Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I – Apple Flambe’ (from the CD “Apple Flambe'”)

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 5 (quarterfinals): University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 4: Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble I vs. University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 3: University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble vs. BYU Synthesis Big Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 2: Willamette University Jazz Collective vs. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

Clash of the College Bands

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 5 (Quarterfinals): University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band 1

9 Feb

Congratulations to the week 4 winner, University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band, who beat the Michigan State with 72% of the vote.

Now we head into the quarterfinals, and I expect some close matchups. Week 5 begins now, with the quarterfinal match up between the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band versus the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I.

To see the bracket, click here.

Each week, two college or university big bands will “face off”. You, as the reader, will listen to a song from each band, and then vote for the one you like the best. After the week is over, one team will move on to the next round, and we will feature two new bands. The last band standing is the Clash of the College Bands winner.

Below are the next two school bands.

Click on the link for each school below. Audio will begin in a new page. After you have listened to each band, vote on the one you like the best.

University of Miami Concert Jazz Band – Nasty Blues (audio made available by YouTube post)

University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I – samples of Passages, Adam’s Apple, What is this Thing Called Love?, and Nardis

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 4: Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble I vs. University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 3: University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble vs. BYU Synthesis Big Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 2: Willamette University Jazz Collective vs. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

Clash of the College Bands

Pat Metheny's Robot Army

8 Feb

Guitarist Pat Metheny’s new CD Orchestrion is a modern take on an old attempt at futuristic musical mechanics. Originated in the late 18th century, utilizing music rolls or pinned cylinders, the complex machinery would tap on drums, “blow” wind through pipes or other wind instruments, “play” piano keys and “pluck” strings. Indeed, these were some of the most complex machines in the world more than two centuries ago.

Pat Metheny has taken these concepts and developed a new form of orchestrion, still using acoustic instruments and complex machinery, but with the ability to trigger the “band” from his own guitar. Frankly, I’m not that familiar with this concept, so maybe you should just check out this video of Pat putting the album together. Comments encouraged!

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