Let's celebrate the 80th birthday of Afrofunk pioneer Manu DiBango
with a few of his groovy tunes, shall we? He made a splash way back in 1972 with a catchy (and rather influential) little number called Soul Makossa
. A few years later, in 1982, another DiBango tune, also catchy as hell, might've made it onto a turntable or a dance floor near you: it was called Echos Beti
. Aside from these two tunes, there's been lots, lots more from this very prolific Cameroon-born saxophonist, vocalist and bandleader, so I've included... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (full album stream)
is the second instalment in Matana Roberts
's projected 12 part Coin Coin series of albums, "using the language of acoustic jazz to look at ideas of race, class and gender politics in American society".
Coin Coin was the nickname of a totemic figure from African-American history, Marie Thérèse Metoyer – a freed slave who founded a community along the Cane River in Louisiana in the late 18th century where people of colour enjoyed greater freedoms and opportunities than they could in most other places in the South. [more inside]
posted by dng
on Oct 2, 2013 -
The World According to John Coltrane
is a one-hour documentary, featuring lots of music footage and interviews with prominent jazz musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Tommy Flanagan and many others. It's an excellent primer on the enormously influential saxophonist's life and music.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 6, 2013 -
Eric Dolphy [auto-music] was a true original with his own distinctive styles on alto, flute, and bass clarinet. His music fell into the "avant-garde" category yet he did not discard chordal improvisation altogether (although the relationship of his notes to the chords was often pretty abstract). While most of the other "free jazz" players sounded very serious in their playing, Dolphy's solos often came across as ecstatic and exuberant. His improvisations utilized very wide intervals, a variety of nonmusical speechlike sounds, and its own logic. Although the alto was his main axe, Dolphy was the first flutist to move beyond bop (influencing James Newton) and he largely introduced the bass clarinet to jazz as a solo instrument. He was also one of the first (after Coleman Hawkins) to record unaccompanied horn solos, preceding Anthony Braxton by five years.
- AllMusic (previously: 1, 2)
posted by Trurl
on Apr 21, 2012 -
Is the epic saxophone solo returning to pop music?
With recent good time summer radio hits by ubiquitous hit makers Katy Perry and Lady Gaga featuring an unexpected saxophone solo, is this a hint towards a return of the woodwind as a staple in rock/pop music or just ironic posturing from vapid "tastemakers"?
posted by mediocre
on Jul 21, 2011 -
Colin Stetson is an unusually gifted sax player. He's worked or is working with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, GY!BE, Bon Iver and others. He's opened for Arcade Fire, Tim Hecker, and The National. What's most unusual about Stetson is that he's able to make all the sounds you hear with one horn, utilizing no loops or overdubs. Stream three tracks
and download one
or watch two videos
of him play.
posted by dobbs
on Mar 17, 2011 -
A handy rating guide to 1980s saxophone solos
-- "I realized about 5 years ago that at some point in the 80s, lots of the popular music started incorporating saxophone solos into their songs. Some of them are fine, but most of them are ridiculous to have in the songs. I have attempted to separate the quality and appropriateness of the solos from what I think of the song as a whole..."
posted by miss lynnster
on Jun 26, 2009 -
also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music or instrumental pop, is generally described as a genre that utilizes instruments and improvisation traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. Since the late 1980s and into the 1990s, it has become successful as a radio format
. [source wikipedia
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posted by netbros
on Apr 20, 2008 -
Here's a chance to acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with the music of some of the great saxophonists who've made their mark in American improvised music. The following MySpace Music
pages feature audio, video, photos and text aplenty, to get your jazz mojo working. In no particular order: Lester Young
, Hank Mobley
, Ornette Coleman
, Sonny Rollins
, John Coltrane
, Don Byas
, Pharoah Sanders
, Albert Ayler
, Charlie Parker
, Joe Henderson
, Earl Bostic
, Rahsaan Roland Kirk
, Johnny Hodges
, Wayne Shorter
, Sonny Stitt
, Benny Carter
, Sidney Bechet
and David Murray
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 12, 2007 -
wants "to provide the world with free, useful music lessons, and a community based site to help back it all up." The site
contains hundreds of free video music lessons (often containing notation and/or tablature)
with a distinct focus on acoustic and bluegrass music, all taught by some pretty badass pickers (including the astonishingly good mandolin shredder Anthony Hannigan)
. There are also obligatory but very useful forums
. Takeaway: the whole thing is free and you don't have to register to watch the lessons.
posted by kosem
on Jun 29, 2007 -
Michael Brecker has passed away
Arguably, one of the most influential saxophonists of all time, he has lost his fight against myelodysplastic syndrome. Truly a major loss for the jazz and rock worlds.
posted by milnak
on Jan 13, 2007 -
It's a saxophone! No, it's a clarinet! It's dirt cheap and it fits on your pocket! Apparently these have been around for twenty years, but I've never heard of them before. I've ordered myself one of the plastic ones. Has anyone here played one of these things?
posted by chrid
on Jul 8, 2004 -