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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote morris_minor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Dec 2016 at 3:46pm
Here's another good YT jazz channel, and one of the offerings:




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Thanks morris_minor. I shall work my way through that one too.

After extensive sampling of Jimmy Smith's back-catalogue via AllMusic.com it's safe to say his big band albums during the '60s are definitely my favourite (foot-tapping, smile inducing goodness), although I understand that these are less "jazz" than his others. In light of this revelation, can anyone recommend any other big band artists for me to sample next please?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote morris_minor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Dec 2016 at 8:49am
You're welcome Tim . . 

I love Jimmy Smith's "The Cat". Are you of an age to remember the BBC TV "Money Programme"? One of the tracks (The Carpetbaggers, I think) was used as the theme . . . 

For a "laid back" big band you can't beat this:

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Two more big bands come to mind:

Quincy Jones, and John Dankworth

QJ's The Birth Of A Band is great album - the first one I played when I installed Graham's Era Gold V into my system many moons ago, prompting a mile-wide smile that stayed for weeks Wink.

Here's Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'" (most likely heard on Art Blakey's album of the same name) from that QJ album:


and a version by the John Dankworth band:


And as a piece of shameless self-promotion ( LOL ) here's a video of mine from 2013 of Tickle Toe from Birth of A Band, playing through that same EGV:

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moris_minor: Thanks for the recommendations. I'll watch the YouTube clips later. Sadly I wasn't around in time for that program but you are right about the theme tune.

I've discovered a few sites to purchase lossless music so bought a few Jimmy Smith albums. As jazz styles constantly evolve, I'm mainly focussing on his discography first (while still looking into others) which is actually proving quite educational in understanding my (instrumental) jazz tastes.

If I've got this right "hard bop" and "soul jazz" are the main sub-genres I have discovered that I enjoy (so far), which I believe lived around the 50s-60s. I forgot to mention "funky jazz" at the outset because I wasn't particularly looking for that this time but as the artists evolved into this style towards the 70s(?), its probably worth listing as well.

As for big band I love the planned, rhythmic style of it, and something about the trumpet sections just grabs me. While I also enjoy the sax, I find it works better as the lead in a small band setting; it doesn't feel right leading the whole song with a big band (including trumpets)... I welcome countering examples though. While I don't mind it, big band swing is also ok but in small doses. It is too lively (and generally vocal) for me at the moment; swing isn't what I would call background/chilled out music whereas the other stuff is (generalising).

I do like early swing stuff though (Glenn Miller, etc); pretty much everything from the 20s onwards is just fun. It's just a shame the surviving quality is generally poor!
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If you appreciate 'hard bop', you should definitely listen to Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers. Try 'Moanin' first, it's a classic.
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Originally posted by Godra Godra wrote:


If you appreciate 'hard bop', you should definitely listen to Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers. Try 'Moanin' first, it's a classic.
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Also "Blue Train" by John Coltrane . . .

And "One Flight Up" by Dexter Gordon, too. (Not quite so much hard bop, but 'modal' jazz in the "Kind Of Blue" mould; "Tanya" is one of my favourite jazz tracks).
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