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Hit-Monkey Composer Daniel Rojas On Music Themes, Industry Trends, And La La Land [Interview]

These past few years have been tremendously busy for rapidly rising composer Daniel Rojas.Between Netflix's "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts" and the Hulu/Marvel one-two punch of "M.O.D.O.K." and "Hit-Monkey," Rojas has made the transition from commercials and short films to major feature films (he contributed to the soundtrack of 2015's Brie Larson-starring "Room," 2016's "Money Monster" and the Alexander Payne film "Downsizing" in 2017) and name-brand shows look impossibly easy. That's not to...
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Jazz Virtuoso Oscar Peterson Gives Dick Cavett a Dazzling Piano Lesson (1979)

Duke Ellington once called Oscar Peterson the “Maharaja of the Keyboard” for his virtuosity and ability to play any style with seeming ease, a skill he first began to learn as a classically trained child prodigy. Peterson was introduced to Bach and Beethoven by his musician father and older sister Daisy, then drilled in rigorous finger exercises and given six hours a day of practice by his teacher, Hungarian pianist Paul de Marky. “I only first really heard jazz somewhere between the age...
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Bodies and Artifacts (iv-b)—Jean and LeRoi together again

(previously) Whereas Jean makes much of the elements of craft, technique, proven methods which make the artist a worker in a working world,(p. 406) LeRoi bends over backward to downplay this part. as I have said before, Negro music is the result of certain more or less specific ways of thinking about the world. Given this consideration, all talk of technical application is certainly after the fact.(p. 211) And earlier, The trumpets, trombones, and tubas of the brass bands were played with ...
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The Nash celebrates 9 years with the music of 'one of the giants of giants': Charlie Parker

The Nash in downtown Phoenix is bringing in Charles McPherson to lead a quintet in saluting Charlie Parker as parts of its anniversary weekend plans.        [Author: Arizona Republic]
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Bodies and Artifacts (iii)—Jones' Voice

LeRoi Jones Blues People (1963) For a Westerner to say that the Wagnerian tenor's voice is "better" than the African singer's or the blues singer's is analogous to a non-Westerner disparaging Beethoven's Ninth Symphony because it wasn't improvised. (p. 30) So what if a Westerner says this about Beethoven? What if a small but vocal subculture emerges within the Western world itself where this disparagement of Beethoven is nothing less than the storefront signage, the secret handshake, and the...
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The Chris Voss Show Podcast – The Nameless Ones: A Thriller (19) (Charlie Parker) by John Connolly

The Nameless Ones: A Thriller (19) (Charlie Parker) by John Connolly From the international and instant New York Times bestselling author of The Dirty South, the white-knuckled Charlie Parker series returns with this heart-pounding race to hunt down the deadliest of war criminals. In Amsterdam, four bodies, violently butchered, are discovered in a canal house, the remains of friends and confidantes of the assassin known only as Louis. The men responsible for the murders are Serbian war...
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Record Store Day Unveils 150 Black Friday Exclusives, From Jason Isbell to Billie Eilish to Charlie Parker

Although Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday offshoot edition is still more than two months away, no time is being wasted in getting the official lineup of 150 exclusive titles out for public consumption and appetite-whetting. The Nov. 26 roster of mostly vinyl releases — with the odd CD and cassette thrown in for egalitarian […]
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Hear Charlie Watts Inimitable Isolated Drum Tracks on “Gimme Shelter,” “Beast of Burden,” and “Honky Tonk”

When I was a kid in New Jersey, if you were looking for work, there’d be ads for musicians. In the mid-60s and 70s, they would invariably say: “Wanted: Charlie Watts type drummer” — Max Weinberg Since Charlie Watts passed away last month, tribute upon tribute has poured in to celebrate his style, his austere simplicity, his role as the calm, steady eye of the Rolling Stones’ roiling storm. “Drumming is often ugly,” Amanda Petrusich wrote at The New Yorker, “but Watts looked so beautiful ...
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Saying Goodbye to Charlie Watts (RIP), the Engine of the Rolling Stones for Half a Century

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones’ iconic drummer since 1962, passed away yesterday from unspecified causes at the age of 80. His death is a great loss for rock and roll. “When Charlie Watts dies, the beat stops,” Rob Harvilla writes at the Ringer, “never to be played again with such mesmerizing force, with such ultra-suave propulsion, with such casually indomitable radness.” These are not technical terms, and Watts was not a technical drummer. “I’m not a paradiddle man,” he said in 2000...
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Charlie Watts: the calm, brilliant eye of the Rolling Stones’ rock’n’roll storm

Unruffled amid excess, personality clashes and musical disputes, the Rolling Stones’ exceptional drummer used technique to deepen the meaning and power of their songsRolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80A life in picturesObituaryBy any standards, Charlie Watts was an unlikely candidate for rock stardom.He was quiet, drily funny and unfailingly modest, characteristics theoretically better suited to his initial profession as a graphic designer than the scream-rent world of 60s pop. Fur...
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A Charlie Watts-Centric View of the Rolling Stones: Watch Martin Scorsese’s Footage of Charlie & the Band Performing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “All Down the Line”

According to Charlie Watts — the Rolling Stones’ drummer and rock’s best dressed man — his playing is nothing special. “I sit there, and I hear what’s going on, and if I can make it, that’s fine,” he said in 1973. There are no false notes in his modesty. “You have to be a good drummer to play with the Stones,” he later remarked in 2000, “and I try to be as good as I can.” But he admits he’s not a technical player; it’s all about the feel. “It’s terribly simple what I do, actually…. I pla...
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How Jaco Pastorius Invented the Electric Bass Solo & Changed Musical History (1976)

How does one define a masterpiece? Is it personally subjective, or it is just another word we use for status symbols? In an essay on the Florida-born bass player Jaco Pastorius’ 1976 self-titled debut album, scholar Uri Gonza?lez offers an older definition: “in the old European guild system, the aspiring journeyman was expected to create a piece of handicraft of the highest quality in order to reach the status of ‘master.’ One was then officially allowed to join the guild and to take pup...
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Igor Stravinsky Appears on American Network TV & Tells Stories About His Unconventional Musical Life (1957)

One evening in 1957, viewers all across America tuned in to see Stravinsky. The broadcast wasn’t a performance of Stravinsky’s music, although those would continue to draw television audiences well into the following decade. It was a conversation with the man himself, Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, who even when he was still alive had become an institution by virtue of his industry and innovation. “For half a century, Stravinsky’s musical explorations have dominated modern music,” says the...
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‘I wasn’t what you’d call sensible’: a walk on the wild side with Call My Agent’s Liliane Rovère

The actor’s remarkable life fed into the character of Arlette in the Netflix hit, from growing up Jewish in occupied France, via Left Bank jazz and a relationship with Chet Baker, to global fame in her 80sIf you’re an actor in the rare position of becoming internationally famous in your 80s, then it’s rather fitting to achieve it with a role that ripely resembles you. In recent years the world has come to know the veteran French actor Liliane Rovère as Arlette Azémar, the seasoned “impresario” ...
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'He'll make your head explode': sax stars on the genius and tragedy of Charlie Parker

He was nicknamed Bird and he soared in his music – if not in his life. For the centenary of the saxophonist who redefined jazz, today’s players reveal how his dizzying speed and spirituality changed their livesOutside jazz circles, Charlie Parker might not be a household name like Miles Davis or Louis Armstrong, but the saxophonist, who died of cirrhosis aged 34 after struggling with addictions to heroin and alcohol, was one of music’s true innovators. By inventing the dizzyingly fast style know...
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René Thomas: Rare and New

Born in Liège, Belgium, guitarist René Thomas moved to Paris in the early 1950s and became part of the active jazz scene there. Paris back then was similar to 52nd Street in New York, where musicians could find steady gigs with leading musicians from Europe and Americans on tour. What most of the European jazz musicians in Paris had in common was a pronounced sense of melody, swing and beauty, something they all picked up from each other. In the case of Thomas, he had a marvelous way of picking...
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First, some music.  I’m told it speaks louder than words.  Ephie Resnick, trombone, and Marty Grosz, guitar — the epitome of passionate tenderness in IT MUST BE TRUE: and the same pair of brave improvisers, energized beyond belief, for ROSE … Continue reading →
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How Charlie Parker Changed Jazz Forever

Jazz has often moved forward in seismic shifts, powered by revolutionary figures who make everything that came before them seem quaint by comparison and radiate their influence beyond the jazz world. Perhaps no figure epitomizes such a leap forward more than Charlie Parker. The legendary inventor of bebop, born a little over a century ago, may be the most universally respected and admired musician in jazz, and far beyond. Kansas City trumpet player Lonnie McFadden, who grew up hearing st...
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Record Store Day Highlights: From Charli XCX to Charlie Parker — Plus Billie, Bowie, The Weeknd, John Prine and Tyler, the Creator

How long has it been since the day this year’s Record Store Day exclusive releases were announced, up to the point a good number of them will finally reach stores Saturday, in the first of three substitute “drops” dates? It’s been this long: When the John Prine boxed set that’s coming out now was originally […]
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Charlie Parker at 100

In his too short, too fast, too hard, too brilliant 34 years, Parker transformed an art form, no less than Mozart or Chopin or Gershwin did in their similarly brief time among us. Like those revolutionaries, Parker played his instrument – alto saxophone – with astonishing virtuosity. But Parker also did as much as anyone (and more than most) to forge a musical language, one that dominated 20th century jazz and continues to influence it in the 21st. – Chicago Tribune
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How Ornette Coleman Freed Jazz with His Theory of Harmolodics

The term free jazz may have existed before Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come arrived in 1959. Yet, however innovative the modal experiments of Coltrane or Davis, jazz still adhered to its most fundamental formulas before Coleman. “Conventional jazz harmony is religiously chord-based,” writes Josephine Livingstone at New Republic, “with soloists improvising within each key like balls pinging through a pinball machine. Coleman, in contrast, imagined harmony, melody, and rhythm as...
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How Cannonball Adderley Shared the Joy of Jazz

Jazz has always had big personalities. In the mid-20th century, an explosion of major players became as well known for their personal quirks as for their revolutionary techniques and compositions. Monk’s endearing oddness, Miles Davis’ brooding bad temper, Charles Mingus’ exuberant shouts and rages, Ornette Coleman’s cryptic philosophizing, Coltrane’s gentle mysticism…. These were not only the jazz world’s greatest players; they were also some of the century’s most interesting people. Th...
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Lennie Niehaus, Jazz Player and Composer for Clint Eastwood Films, Dies at 90

Lennie Niehaus, who went from Stan Kenton sideman to Clint Eastwood’s movie composer during a nearly 60-year career in music, died Thursday at his daughter’s home in Redlands, Calif. He was 90. Niehaus’s two dozen films for Eastwood include original scores for the best picture-winning Western “Unforgiven,” the Charlie Parker biopic “Bird” and the popular […]
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Professional musicians are not right-brained

Professional jazz musicians are seen in EEGs as using mostly their left brain hemisphere, which is considered the logical/analytical side.The right hemisphere may be more suitable to the sort of creative invention required of people still learning how to play.Is the study's conclusion about jazz, or is it about competence? The cliché is that creativity happens in the right hemisphere of the brain, while more analytic activities go on in the left. While this isn't entirely untrue, it's an over-s...
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Jazz Saxophonist Lee Konitz Dead At 92

“An exemplar of modern jazz improvisation, and arguably the most influential alto saxophone soloist after bebop progenitor Charlie Parker, … Konitz was one of the last jazz musicians of his era still in active circulation: his career has hummed along, apparently impervious to popular trends or external pressure, for the last 75 years.” – WBGO (Newark, NJ)
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For some reason, Bob Dylan has decided that what we need right now is a 17-minute song about the Kennedy assassination.

Released at just this last midnight:Bob adds a message: "Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you."You might find interesting....According to Variety, all Dylan's people will say is that the song was recorded "a while back." Dylan hasn't released any new songs (only cover songs) since 2012. Some of the s...
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Bob Dylan releases first original song in eight years, 17-minute track about JFK

Singer says Murder Most Foul, ‘recorded a while back’, is a gift to fans for their support and loyalty over the yearsBob Dylan has released his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute long song about the JFK assassination.A ballad set to piano, strings and light drums, Murder Most Foul retells the 1963 killing in stark terms, imagining Kennedy “being led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb … they blew off his head while he was still in the car / shot down like a dog in broad daylig...
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#TrackOfTheDay: “Hot House” Dizzy Gillespie with Charlie Parker (USA, 1951)

So I used to do this over on my Twitter account. Screw it. Let’s do it here instead. The rules are: pretty much no rules. I try not to repeat an artist for a solid year. Because there’s plenty in the world to choose from. It looks like “Hot House” first came out in 1947, but I’m seeing conflicting info about that. Regardless, here’s Dizzy with Charlie Parker performing a version live on TV in 1951. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "sl...
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He Played With Charlie Parker. For $15 He’ll Play With You

Barry Harris has been offering a weekly jazz workshop since the 1970s. Everybody’s welcome, but they’d better love bebop.
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Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at Seattle

It appears that Charlie Parker’s Yardbird has reached the end of its road in Seattle. Since it opened in 2015 at Opera Philadelphia it has played Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and the English National Opera.
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