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Do I Do Visions?
March 4, 2012 4:39 PM   Subscribe

The SF Jazz Collective just began their month-long Spring 2012 tour. Each year since 2004 the eight musicians have selected a composer to honor — including many of the usual suspects: Coltrane, Hancock, Monk, Shorter, Tyner. (In 2013 it will be Chick Corea) This year, changing things up a bit, they've decided to showcase the music of Stevland Hardaway Morris.

From the group’s website: "Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form." Available online: The tour blog. Well-made videos of the group's arrangements of Do I Do, Superstition, and Visions. An NPR video I like even better, posted last week, of group drummer Eric Harland (accompanied by the group's trumpeter Avishai Cohen) playing sheet metal in an abandoned fort. Group vibraphonist Stefon Harris giving a TED talk last November on how "There are no mistakes on the bandstand."
posted by LeLiLo (3 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's what I'm talkin' about. That NPR Scrap Metal Improv clip is great! Just stopped back to say thanks for the great post, LeLiLo - and off to explore more.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:04 PM on March 4, 2012


As a person named after a Stevie Wonder song, I approve.
posted by thelonius at 5:02 AM on March 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm too late for their New England appearances, but I will keep these folks on my radar -- so thanks again!
posted by madamjujujive at 8:02 AM on March 5, 2012


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