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Questions tagged [jazz]

questions about the genre known as "Jazz", which is characterized by heavy improvisation

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Why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton?

I am confused as to why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton, etc. when he can and produces so difficult songs to play even for advanced level guitarists ...
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What is Wynton Marsalis' band saying on the song Juan, and what does it mean?

On the Wynton Marsalis album "Live at Blues Alley" there is a song that they play three times during the set. The song is called "Juan" the first time through. The second time it is titled "Juan (E. ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

I'm a fan of traditional Sitar Raga Music and Sitars used in popular/psychedelic/progressive music. The other night I was listening to an NPR station and briefly thought I heard a piece of Jazz music ...
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Looking for bands or artists with a Jazz / Prog Metal style

I recently fell in love with a band called Thank You Scientist. They are a non-extreme progressive metal band who use big band jazz instruments to back up their music. I've been searching for more ...
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Genre of “This Loneliness” from *The Godfather* (Carmine Coppola)

I am trying to identify the genre of music my grandpa used to play on the piano. He is no longer around and no one in my family knows. After a lot of looking I was able to find one example, 'This ...
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Identifying Orchestral Jazz Genre

I really enjoyed this song which is a clear combination of Jazz and Orchestral music: Paul Sandrone, Daniel Farrant & James Knight - I Love You With All of My Heart What is the name of this ...
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Is Jazz supposed to elicit any specific feelings? [closed]

Blues is meant to make you feel down, Rock is meant to make you want to party, Metal is an aggressive genre, and Pop... Well, I suppose Pop is supposed to make you happy. But is there any specific ...
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What is the name of this jazz song used in this video at this point?

Video is Mike Boyd: "This Week I learnt to split apples" https://youtu.be/aPNTutAtbSU?t=2m57s
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Looking for chart/changes of Dexter Gordon's Hanky Panky - can you help?

Have looked high and low for the changes to this piece. Can't find them. It's in Bb minor but there are several changes in the head and the turnaround that I can't quite nail. Dexter Gordon - Hanky ...
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Jazz ballad on “Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy - Speedrun” video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFAOxEAvaXg I've tried using Shazam but it either tells me it can't find it or that it's Nikita Magaloff playing Chopin...
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Is there a genre that mixes punk rock and jazz/marching band that isn't ska?

I'm looking for a very specific sound, and I'm certain I won't be able to find it on my own. The sound I'm looking for is similar to a marching band (meaning, very brassy and a lot of woodwinds), but ...
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Is “Road to the West”, from Cowboy Bebop, played on alto or tenor sax?

Hello fellow music fans. Recently I decided to start playing the saxophone, but I can't decide yet if I'll play the tenor or alto. I would like to ask which sax is playing Road to the West from the ...
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What music genre would most Noir-esque jazz fall under?

I've been trying to gather up a library of music that fits within Noir films, I know most of it is some section of jazz, Ibrahim Maalouf is an example of an artist who has many tracks with the tone ...
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Does anyone know this music with these lyrics? it seems a band with jazz from cuba

I'm not native speaker of english so i could't understand all the lyrics of a music from radio. the lyrics which i could understand is below. "strawberry fields forever" "We can have so fun (or more ...
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What is the jazz music used in the OptiCorner commercial on YouTube?

can somebody recognize this song?
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Examples of songs with dropped verses?

Looking into some jazz terminology here, I came across a definition of "chorus" that says One complete cycle of a tune, one time through from top to bottom Also on that page, part of the ...
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Looking for fusion-funk bands

I'm currently looking to find fusion-funk bands. Lately I've been listening to a lot of RH Factor and Hiatus Kaiyote. I really enjoy the mix of Jazz and Hip Hop from RH factor, and the 'odd' rhythmic ...
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Name of the baroque music in the movie Lush Life (1993)?

I'd like to know the name of the baroque piece in the scene where Al Gorky plays the recorder.
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Where else does Merrill sing as in “What's New”?

I recently stumbled upon Helen Merrill's version of "What's New" with Max Roach and Clifford Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cnn_gosCqg There are many great things about this version --- ...
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“She's Got It!” Who was Frank Sinatra speaking of?

Frank Sinatra is quoted as saying "She's Got It" when describing a classic smooth jazz artist... Does anyone know who it is?? I really dig Sinatra and am hoping to find some new tunes for my playlists....
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What does “clean” mean at the end of the title of an instrumental jazz song on Amazon Music?

I'm listening to Charles Mingus' 1959 album Mingus Ah Um on Amazon Music. The titles of the majority of the track on this album are listed with "[Clean]" after the title: What does "[Clean]" mean in ...
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What is on the Thelonious Monk “Straight, No Chaser” album cover art?

I'm listening to Thelonious Monk's 1967 Straight, No Chaser album. The cover art is very interesting: It features a horizontal profile of Monk (complete with signature goatee) and a graph paper ...
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Jazz fusion groups, albums or songs with highly syncopated and accentuated drums and bass sections?

I was wondering if someone could recommend a preferably modern fusion (or any other as long as it leans on the jazz side of things) group, album or track, that has specifically heavy,rich and ...
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What genre is 'Goodnight Julia' from Cowboy Bebop?

Goodnight Julia is a sax solo from Cowboy Bebop anime series. Cowboy Bebop has Bebop genre jazz songs but Goodnight Julia doesn't sounds like bebop to me. I want to know this kind of genre , also ...
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Since when/Why is the girl from ipanema the go to elevator music?

Why and since when is the girl from ipanema one of the most played music when people speak about elevator music ?
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Jazz style with examples?

There are a ton of sites that list out all sorts of different jazz subgenres, for example, this one: http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/musicguides However, I have not found a good resource that pairs ...
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What Genre is the music from “Monster in Paris”

I absolutely love the music from "Monster in Paris". I am having difficulty pinpointing the genre so I can find similar artists and music. Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Mystery album by Woody Shaw: “Live in Basel”

I have an mp3 album in my PC by a band lead by Woody Shaw; the folder is just named 'Basel' and the track list is as follows: Invitation Seventh avenue In your own sweet way Stepping stones Love ...
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Why do jazz guitar players rarely bend strings?

In pop, rock and blues guitar players very often use bending technique in their riff and solos. Much more rarely it happens in jazz music, where guitar players prefer other techniques (e.g. hammer-on....
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4 main {sources, influences} of Jazz standard and their {year, decade…} of {foundation,creation}

My gf was given this question at Uni and we couldn't find the answer anywhere - so I want to ask you guys. I've translated the question the best I could... For better understanding: I need to know ...
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What is Freebop?

In several liner notes the word "Freebop" is used to describe the music of Miles Davis' second quintet in the mid-60's. The writers usually use the term seemingly expecting the reader to know what it ...
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What style is this Louis Armstrong song?

Here is the link to the song S.O.L Blues by Louis Armstrong and his hot seven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYjw0-4htZI It is from 1927. What style of Jazz is this? Dixieland? Or just Blues?
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Is this song considered a Bebop Standard?

The following song: http://youtu.be/RiF3t1rWBv8 Is "Wrapped Tight" by Hawkins considered a bebop standard? Is he the first one to record this song? Or was it recorded earlier?
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Coleman Hawkins and Mamie Smith

I've been listening to the 1966 album Wrapped Tight by Coleman Hawkins. After reading its Wikipedia entry, Scott Yanow mentions the following about the album: Hawkins's last strong recording finds ...
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Was Miles davis involved with free jazz?

Did Miles Davis make any free/avant garde jazz work? If so, what albums?
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On free Jazz and Ornette Coleman

Why is Ornette Coleman considered one of the best musicians on the Jazz world? I have had the chance to listen to one of his albums, "The Shape of the Jazz to Come," and to be honest, I don't find it ...
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Is this song swing?

Here is a song by Benny Carter, which I believe is originally from Duke Ellington: things aint what they used to be What is the style of this song? Is it swing?
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Is there a choreography for Mingus' “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady”?

One of Mingus' best known works is The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, which is written as a ballet. The four tracks are even named as a choreography (of some sort): "Track A – Solo Dancer" "...
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What genre is the song “Foots” by the band Stuff?

Here I have the link the song foots by a band called Stuff http://youtu.be/WcA0tJFoL20 What is the genre of this? Is it funk or pop?
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What is the difference between Cool Jazz and Bebop?

As I understand, Cool Jazz is a post Bebop style of Jazz. What makes Cool Jazz different than Bebop? Also, What are some albums that you can recommend on cool Jazz besides Miles' Birth of the cool?
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What Jazz style is this song?

Here is Lester Young's "Gigantic blues": http://youtu.be/hLHi-Ls45hw Question: what is the style of this song? Is it swing or bebop?
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What kind of Hat is Jimmy Rushing using in this photo?

Here is a pic I found of Count Basie and Jimmy Rushing. Does anybody know what is the name of the hat Jimmy Rushing is using?
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Year and Personnel of Undercover girl blues

Does anyone know when "Undercover Girl Blues" by Lester Young was recorded? Here is a link to the song: http://youtu.be/k2IhiX1re7A To me, it sounds like "Kansas City". So, can we guess this song ...
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How to understand free jazz?

Do you need to know music theory in order to fully appreciate Free Jazz? What is it that makes free jazz harder to understand than, say Bebop?
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What is the jazz genre of the pianist Art Tatum?

What is Art Tatum's style? His music sound quite different than Swing. How can you categorize his style? Also, later in his life, was he involved in the Bebop scene? If so, what recordings/albums ...
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What recordings does there exist of Lester Young playing along with Dizzy Gillespie?

Does there exist recordings of Lester Young playing with Dizzy Gillespie, or with Miles Davis?
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What version of “One o clock Jump” is the one in “a great day in Harlem” documentary?

At 0:40 of the documentary A Great Day in Harlem, we hear "One O'Clock Jump" by Count Basie Orchestra: http://youtu.be/SvvjIuAdGqw What year is this specific version of "One O'Clock Jump"?
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What year was “Dont play me cheap” by Louis Armstrong recorded?

Here is a link to the song Don't play me cheap by Louis Armstrong: http://youtu.be/pMgEgTZ503M What year was this song recorded, and what Jazz style is it? Is it Swing? Or, is it before the swing ...
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Does Nina Simone play the piano on “I loves you Porgy” (studio version)?

Is Nina Simone accompanying herself on that track, and if not who plays the piano? I've heard from someone that she does indeed accompany herself and I've seen her do it in live videos, but the ...
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