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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

The history of the sitar in jazz, that is the fusion of the sounds of Indian classical music with Western jazz, dates back from the late-1950s or early-1960s when musicians trained in Indian classical ...
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Why do jazz guitar players rarely bend strings?

It may come down to tradition, combined with historic technical limitations. Guitar strings used to be considerably thicker than they are now, making them considerably harder to bend - I think it was ...
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Jazz style with examples?

Probably a couple of reasons why such lists don't abound is that: Any such list is always going to be tremendously incomplete. In general you can't get a sound perspective on a style with just one or ...
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What does "clean" mean at the end of the title of an instrumental jazz song on Amazon Music?

According to a discussion here, these are probably censored versions of the songs. EDIT: Answer from the Amazon support : The Clean version you see next to some of the Music titles means that the ...
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Why is Kenny G so hated among jazz musicians? Are there objective reasons behind the hate?

Personally, I find Kenny G's music as pleasant as does the next person. But the hatred for him is neither solely because his music is bland, unchallenging, and largely outside traditional jazz idioms, ...
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about Soft Machine and Gong

Instead of searching specifically for literature concerning Soft Machine and Gong I suggest that you look into The Canterbury Scene instead. The Canterbury scene (or Canterbury Sound) is a ...
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Song identification help, Big band tune

One of my big bands has just found the charts for this - and it's a great number! Birdland.
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What does "clean" mean at the end of the title of an instrumental jazz song on Amazon Music?

Hypothetically, and without doing a careful listen to the album... It's not unusual for music recordings to pick up studio chatter or other unplanned voices. For example, the Kingsmen's classic ...
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What is the jazz music used in the OptiCorner commercial on YouTube?

Floaters - Jimmy Fontanez/Media Right Productions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9lMKLpmRUg
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Since when/Why is the girl from ipanema the go to elevator music?

The Girl from Ipanema was popularized in the US in the 60's by the saxophonist Stan Getz as part of his Bossa Nova influenced Jazz approach. Getz had a lyrical approach to playing the sax, ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

Try out Purbayan Chatterjee. He's a sitar player that plays both traditional Indian music and Jazz. There are several videos of him online in various ensembles. His subgenre is called "Raga Jazz." You ...
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Why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton?

I think that the original response is a little unfair given the self-proclaimed inexperience of the questioner. It all largely comes down to a matter of taste. Music buyers (you and me) on the whole ...
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Weather Report song title "Dara Factor One" – What is “Dara Factor”?

This detailed website Weather Report: the annotated discography describes the two Dara songs like this - both quotes are from Brian Glasser's "In a Silent Way" (shortened to IASW below), Sanctuary ...
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Improvised music by notes

Not that I know of. The only "note for note" recreation I've heard of is Blue by Other People Mostly Do The Killing, which is a note for note recreation of the famous Miles Davis album Kind of Blue (...
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What stock character/stereotype/thing does Cab Calloway imitate near the beginning of this 1950s "music video"?

This is a style from the '40s. Cab here is emulating a hepcat with how they typically walked. Hepcats were known for wearing Zoot Suits. Please read some of the book The Power of the Zoot: Youth ...
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What style of jazz piano is this?

The first thing to point out is that this is a ballad and there are no improvised solos on this song, just the melody once through, then back to the bridge to the end. So the only improvisation comes ...
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What kind of jazz (subgenre) does jazz24.org play?

This is no one subgenre, but there are definitely parameters. It's basically mainstream jazz of the years after Dixieland went out, but before smooth jazz was invented. There's a lot of swing, some ...
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What genre is 'Goodnight Julia' from Cowboy Bebop?

You're right, "Goodnight Julia" is certainly not bebop! In terms of a genre, it might be more trouble than it's worth to put a label on it, but smooth jazz might be the best option for this piece. ...
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4 main {sources, influences} of Jazz standard and their {year, decade...} of {foundation,creation}

Today's jazz standards, also known informally as "The Great American Songbook" are a hybrid of several influences. (Note: the definition of which songs are "standards" varies by which musicologist you ...
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Is there a choreography for Mingus' "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady"?

There's definitely choreographed dancing that has been done to this music (witness http://youtube.com/watch?v=4fML73zVcTg and http://youtube.com/watch?v=h3R_lTxyhdE, which I found with a Google search ...
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Genre of "This Loneliness" from *The Godfather* (Carmine Coppola)

I think what you are looking for is a solo piano instrumental nostalgia standards ballad, which isn't necessarily a recognized genre, but it is a findable type of music. Basically, "nostalgia" ...
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Looking for Prog Metal bands with big band instruments

If you are happy going back in time you might like Jethro Tull. They had their prog rock period in the 1970's. Then they went more mainstream. So albums like Aqualung [1971] or Thick as a Brick [1972] ...
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Looking for Prog Metal bands with big band instruments

Give Gentle Giant a listen. They use brass, and they're about as Proggy as Prog and Prog. Early Chicago is considered Prog, and they had a full horn section. Weather Report might work for you as ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

In addition to the musicians listed by Chris Sunami, the jazz band "Oregon" featured the sitar and tabla music of Collin Walcott in a series of very influential recordings with Ralph Towner on guitar ...
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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

John Maclaughlin's bands, Shakti and Mahavishnu Orchestra have used the sitar in many of their songs. John, although Australian, was heavily influenced by Indian music. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What genre is the background song in Spike's dream scene in *Cowboy Bebop: The Movie*?

It's just a piano/violin duet from the sounds of it. I wouldn't classify this as jazz necessarily. It sounds like a movie score more than a 'genre' in my opinion. 'Smooth Jazz' would be your best bet, ...
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Why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton?

Mayer is known as a great guitarist, but not a particularly innovative one. The guitarists you cited were of an earlier generation, and helped pioneer the characteristic sound of the electric guitar. ...
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Did Sidney Bechet "study" with Lorenzo Tio Jr.?

In the book by Porter, Lewis, and Michael Ullman, Sidney Bechet and His Long Song.. It is said: What one hears in Sidney Bechet's early work is a virtuosic extension of his New Orleans clarinet ...
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Tracking down Berklee College student recordings

Berlkee archives refer to a certain Jazz in the Classroom, A tribute to Quincy Jones. It is confirmed by discogs, released in 1961.
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