Thursday, December 21, 2006

From Grant Green to B.B. King to T-Bone Walker

An interesting article titled From Grant Green to B.B. King to T-Bone Walker, Consistent Approaches to the Blues, by Andrew Scott.
"Despite his fame as Blue Note Records' "house guitarist," Grant Green (1931-1979) has not been awarded his rightful place as one of the outstanding jazz musicians of the twentieth century. This may be attributed to the commercial sidesteps Green made in his later career. However, as Andrew Scott shows in a musicological analysis of three Green improvisations, Green's marginalized "commercial" has much in common with his earlier more celebrated performances. The dismissal of Green's late era career by jazz historians seems not to be an issue of music, but of artifice." . . . [click here to continue reading]

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Barry Galbraith Chord Melody Books

I've found these two books of guitar solos (the image is the cover of Volume I) to be marvelous music, superbly transcribed and performed on a companion CD. If you want to learn chord melody by practicing actual tunes, you can't do better.

More on Galbraith here.

The Famous Django - Hot Club Video is Back

Monday, December 11, 2006

Tuck Andress on How to Pick a Guitar

I've always been amazed, fascinated and intimidated by this 1999 treatise by Tuck Andress. Who knew holding a guitar pick could be so complicated?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Bill Frisell

A rare clip of Bill Frisell

Friday, December 01, 2006

Jazz Icons

Just became aware of this. From this press release:

"A major event is about to take place in the world of Jazz—the release of the Jazz Icons™ DVD Series featuring filmed concerts by the most pivotal and influential jazz artists of the 20th century. Filmed in Europe between 1957 and 1978, the Jazz Icons™ DVDs feature the greatest legends of jazz captured in their prime and accompanied by some of the most legendary side-musicians of the day. Lost in the vaults of European television studios (in some cases for nearly 50 years!), Reelin’ In The Years Productions and TDK Recording Media Europe S.A. are proud to announce the September 26, 2006 release of the first nine titles of the illustrious series featuring 60-90 minute performances by Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Buddy Rich and Chet Baker. All nine Jazz Icons™ DVD titles are distributed by Naxos Of America and sold separately."

"Each of the nine Jazz Icons™ DVDs features one or more concerts filmed live in television studios and concert halls throughout Europe during one of the most creative periods in jazz history (the majority of the material being filmed between 1957 and 1966). None of these performances has ever been officially released, and in many cases, the material was never originally broadcast. In addition, every performance in the Jazz Icons™ DVD series has been re-transferred and re-mastered from the best-quality, original masters yielding excellent sound and video. As with last year’s phenomenal discovery of the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall concert, which went on to sell over 200,000 CDs, this series is also a major find and treasure to the world of recorded and filmed jazz music. To quote noted jazz writer and historian Ira Gitler (author of The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz), “These nine historic DVDs are among the most important visual/aural documents to be discovered in the history of Jazz. Now, most importantly, they are available to the entire world.