Questions tagged [jazz]

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

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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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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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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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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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Does the jazz standard “Lament” by J.J. Johnson have lyrics?

My Google searches have turned up empty.
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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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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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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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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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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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Released recordings of The Jive Bombers

An American group called The Jive Bombers has come to my attention through listening to the Cry-Baby soundtrack. I want to find more of their recordings and was wondering whether there has been any CD ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...