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

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What is a "jazz standard"?

this is a song by ... which became jazz standards. What is a jazz standard? Is it a jazz song which becomes so popular that everybody plays it?
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Did "I Got Rhythm" invent or merely popularise rhythm changes?

The "rhythm changes" chord progression, used in compositions as wide ranging as Parker’s Anthropology and the Flintstones Theme, is named after George Gershwin’s 1930 song I Got Rhythm. Was this ...
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What defines Bebop as a jazz style/subgenre?

What separates Bebop from other jazz styles and subgenres? Which new things did it brought when compared to other jazz of the era? Which are the defining elements of Bebop jazz?
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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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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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Why is the word "blue" so commonly used everywhere in Jazz: from lyrics, song titles, to record label names?

John Coltrane's "Blue Train", Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue", the record label "Blue Note". The list goes on and on. What's the reason behind the word "blue" and the Jazz genre being so closely tied?
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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 music styles were popular in pre-bossa nova Brazil?

I've been looking into the bossa nova style and from what I've researched, bossa nova seems to have taken Brazil by storm when it was introduced. But I'm not entirely sure what the dominant style in ...
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What defines cool jazz as a jazz style/sub-genre?

What separates cool jazz from other jazz styles and sub-genres? Which patterns are commonly found in it? Which are the key and defining characteristics of cool jazz? What makes a cool jazz song a cool ...
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Johnny Dyani's "Musician's Musician": who is the reference?

South African expatriate multi-instrumental jazz musician Johnny Dyani wrote a song called "Musician's Musician." It appears on at least two albums I know of. The title sounds as though it might be a ...
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Where can Pat Metheny's original "The Way Up" track be found?

About a decade or more before releasing his album The Way Up in 2005, Pat Metheny had already come up with a tune by the name of The Way Up. I’m trying to search for this on Amazon but cannot seem to ...
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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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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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What is hard bop?

How can one define the jazz style hard bop? In which way is it different from bebop? Which are the main characteristics of the style?
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Identify this genre and performance: DJ with live instruments [closed]

I am trying to identify the correct terminology for a particular performance type (or genre) that has a DJ + musician that makes the music live. For example: Darkside - Live on KEXP Gramatik - Live ...
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Did the analogy "The Birds And The Bees" truly originate from the Cole Porter song 'Let's Do It"?

As in, the analogy describing reproduction.
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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 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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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 genre is the song "The Blues Done Come Back" by Count Basie Orchestra?

This song is "The Blues Done Come Back" by Count Basie Orchestra. Is this style swing, blues or jazz? As the link describes, this song is from 1953. Was swing still popular during the 1950s?
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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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Does the jazz standard "Lament" by J.J. Johnson have lyrics?

Does the jazz standard "Lament" by J.J. Johnson have lyrics? My Google searches have turned up empty.
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What classical scores did Charlie Parker study?

In the Miles Davis' autobiography, Davis talks about how Charlie Parker gave away his classical scores before he died a few days later. Does anyone know the specific names of these scores?
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What defines swing as a music genre/style?

Which patterns are commonly found in swing music? Which are swing's key and defining characteristics? What makes a swing song a swing song?
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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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Is there a composer who made a fusion between Latin and Bebop Jazz?

I'm lately really into Bebop music, like Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and also Tecno Brega, really low-profile dance music from Brazil. I was wondering if there is like a fusion of these 2 ...
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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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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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What year was "Don't Play Me Cheap" by Louis Armstrong recorded, and what jazz style is it?

Here is a link to the song Don't Play Me Cheap by Louis Armstrong: https://youtu.be/D-jLuPep5No 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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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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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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Is Lester Young's "Four O'Clock Drag" considered bebop?

Here is the link to the beautiful song Four o'clock drag by Lester Young and Kansas city six: http://youtu.be/a5OazZ0vpGA It this song an example of Bebop?
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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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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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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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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 sub-genre of jazz is Dondi by Ed Motta?

To which sub-genre of jazz belongs Ed Motta’s Dondi? Is it pop jazz? Smooth jazz? Or anything else?
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What genre is the background song in Spike's dream scene in *Cowboy Bebop: The Movie*?

I found a video from Cowboy Bebop titled Cowboy Bebop: The Movie [HD] - Spike's Dream Scene (Blu-Ray) on YouTube. I have seen it many times, and I'm really interested in the piano playing in the ...
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Jazz record shops/labels

Does anyone know of any (I guess) independent jazz record shops/labels anywhere in the world, that you are able to contact to look for records and information and what have you. I know, of course that ...
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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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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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Why is Kenny G so hated among jazz musicians? Are there objective reasons behind the hate?

Kenny G is an extremely common answer for "artist you dislike the most", "music that irritates you" or similar questions. There's a somewhat popular photo of Miles Davis and Kenny G, where Miles Davis ...
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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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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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What stock character/stereotype/thing does Cab Calloway imitate near the beginning of this 1950s "music video"?

Source: https://youtu.be/8mq4UT4VnbE?t=22 Ever since I first saw this performance of Minnie the Moocher, I've been wondering what that means. He is walking stiffly with his upper body with strange ...
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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 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 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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Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...
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Looking for Prog Metal bands with big band instruments

I recently fell in love with a band called Thank You Scientist. They are an alternative prog rock band who use big-band instruments (brass, woodwinds, etc.) to back up their music. I've been ...
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