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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Jazz for People Who Hate Jazz

Artist Louis Armstrong
Other tags jazz

Wow  Your column on Jazz for folks who don't like Jazz really hit home.  With the exception of viewing the Ken Burns film and getting more exposure to a full range of Jazz it was as if you had written my thoughts on the subject.  I will now follow through and check out something beyond the few Jazz pieces I listen to (pretty much Blue on Blue).  Thanks

"I've often rejected the notion of critical review. My mantra has been that all music is good to someone, somewhere, sometime."  That is so how I feel about music...

Lots of great jazz out there...my dad loved it, so I heard it from the time I was old enough to know I was listening...Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, Dukes of Dixieland, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Monk, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Django, Les Paul, Duke Ellington...later I found I loved Chet Baker, some of Miles and Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett...Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, Al DiMeola, Yellow Jackets...of the stuff you posted the Red Allen/King Oliver/Jelly Roll are all classics, and that Bessie Smith track is just great...the Fats Waller is my favorite of them all I think...

But like you, roots music is my favorite, though I'm not sure it's all that different from the jazz I like...when things get too abstract and free form, I tend to disengage from it...

That documentary is really excellent...like you said, most anyone would find jazz they liked, they just need to hear enough of it...even if it is light or pop jazz like Bob James, Fourplay, the Crusaders...lots of styles and good stuff out there...

Thanks Ed for broaching a subject that has bothered me personally for many years.  I spent 8 years volunteering on a blues show on a public radio station known for its jazz format for most of the programming (as well as a huge jazz library) and never developed a real taste.  For me jazz, like classical, is "thinking" music and I prefer roots music styles that make me want to move, whether it is clogging to an uptempo bluegrass song or shuffling to Chicago blues.  Having said that, I can handle some jazz material that incorporates the blues influence and a lot of swing material.  Rock/jazz fusion is also interesting.

Great column and I agree completely.

I learned (nearly) everything I know about Jazz from the same place I learned everything I know about Classical Music – Warner Brothers Cartoons.  

A few of the Warner Brothers animators, especially Bob Clampett, were big jazz fans and put some great music in the Cartoons.  Clampett was among the first to utilize African American voice actors and musicians in his cartoons but a few were banned because of their racist stereotypes.   “Sunday Go to Meetin Time” was one and it had a fantastic musical interlude I always wished would have been fleshed out more called “You gotta Give the Devil his Due”.  

Also, a New Yorker book review of a Louie Armstrong bio got me listening to some of his early recording since I really only knew him from “Hello Dolly” and TV appearances.

In college, they had me do the Jazz show because I had a copy of "Bitches Brew" but I was so inept I played part of an album (it could have been Weather Report) at the wrong speed.   To tell you the truth I thought it sounded better.   Fusion is definitely an acquired taste.        

I don’t know much about jazz, what little I do was mainly because of the late Dick Buckley, a great Chicago jazz DJ with an exhaustive knowledge of his subject and a deep voice that pulled you in no matter the music. In the days when I worked two jobs I’d listen to him in the car for the 40 minute ride home each weekday evening. I forget all the names he played but he wasn’t playing any schlock, that is for sure. This particular song, Jazzomania, by Claude Bolling caught my ear one night. 

We have XMSirius at the house and in the car, of all the stations we probably listen to the music of the 40’s the most. Mainly on Sunday mornings at home. A great morning vibe before the day gets going. If anyone has XM but hasn’t tried that station, give it a whirl...

 

Here’s some bad smooth jazz for those who hate bad rock!

That's rough...