The exquisite jazz violin of Stephane Grappelli
and later [more inside]
Bid 'Em In.
An animated video to accompany the late, great Oscar Brown Jr.'s
song "Bid 'Em In." via [more inside]
You may not know who Israel "Brudda Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole was, but you're probably familiar with his medley of "Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World,"
which has been included on several movie soundtracks and used on television shows & commercials throughout the world.... [more inside]
Back in the 1920s, when Warren "Baby" Dodds
was busy inventing jazz drumming in the company of pioneers like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, to "give the drummer some" usually never meant more than a couple of bars fill every now and again. Fortunately, though, come 1946, when Dodds was already an older man but still in fine playing form, someone had the wherewithal to record this seminal percussion stylist in a series of extended drum solos, displaying his exuberant rhythmic stylings
as well as his lending of superbly playful swing
to the the rudiments
. But let's jump back to the 20's again, and hear drummer Dodds, with the aforementioned King Oliver, take what's gotta be the killingest slide whistle solo
in all of jazz history. [more inside]
Even if you're one of those "I don't like jazz" folks, the iconoclastic multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk
(1936-1977) is probably someone you can dig. For one thing, he wasn't afraid of using a fat backbeat
, more akin to soul/R&B than most of the jazz of his time. And how can you say no to a guy who passed out little flutes to his audience members, inviting them to join in, saying "What about a blues in W, in the key of W"
. Or who played 3 or 4 horns at once, followed by a nose-flute solo? God bless you, Rahsaan Roland Kirk
. [more inside]
) passed away last night. [ mi ]