Best Jazz


Ramsey Lewis Electric Band: Sun Goddess Tour
National Concert Hall, 8/27

Ramsey Lewis - piano
Henry Johnson – guitarist, vocals
Tim Gant – keyboards, vocals
Joshua Ramos - bass
Charles Heath - drums … ubSFWUmKWw


Been enjoying these, so I thought I’d post some.

And I know it’s not really so much mainstream jazz, but I saw this guy live and he made me love the piano… so sad he no longer does it.





McCoy Tyner Trio featuring Jose James and Chris Potter A Contemporary Exploration of John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Taichung Jazz Festival, 10/23, 2011



I like all kinds of jazz, but a couple of fusion songs fit my mood best right now. The best musicians play jazz. Musician’s musicians.



In Ken Burns’ documentary “Jazz,” Branford Marsalis (I think it was) talks about Louis Armstrong. In particular, he tells how many young African-Americans during the 60s felt contempt for Satchmo because, with the goofy way he acted during performances, he came across as an Uncle Tom to them. Marsalis then goes on to conclude that they needn’t have had such thoughts because when Armstrong places his horn to his lips, his genius becomes immediately evident to all- nobody was laughing at him.

Here’s a good example of Satchmo’s genius with a nice ragtime number. It’s what he does best in my opinion. Check out how he goes from all smiles (and even slight embarrassment as a result of the dancer) to pure business right before his second solo starting at around 2:48.

“He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way.” Duke Ellington


When idiots call you an Uncle Tom, you know you’re doing something right. :sunglasses:


I hate to break in to this old thread but…just like BBQ, you will find no greater Jazz than that at 12th and Vine in jewel of the American Midwest, the Paris of the Plains…


And best barbecue in KC can be found at Gates & Sons. “Hi, may I help you?”


I like Jack Stacks myself. But cannot beat Gates “pound and a half, please”


Or could be in scoped albums thread


If you REALLY like Jazz, and respect it…


Is Coltrane talked about in that? He must be. Will watch later. Here’s something related to Coltrane (excuse me if already shared this somewhere):

“Many years later”, the tenor saxophonist Bradford Marsalis recalled, “a lot of younger musicians were hanging around with Elvin Jones, and they were talking about, ‘Man, you know, you guys had an intensity when you were playing with Coltrane. I mean, what was it like? How do you play with that kind of intensity?’ And Elvin Jones looks at them and says, ‘You gotta be willing to die with the mother****.’ They started laughing like kids do, waiting for the punchline, and then they realized he was serious. How many people do you know that are willing to die—period? Die with anybody! And when you listen to those records, that’s exactly what they sound like. I mean that they would die for each other.”


Can’t beat Monk


Without Coltrane all modern music would sound different, such was his influence. Heavy metal for example couldn’t exist without Coltrane and the modal structures he reintroduced to the world.


My daughter freaked out when I played this song from Monk- especially his antics like standing up during the sax solo and looking at what appears to be nothing. And check out his splayed fingers which land at the last microsecond on the right note to everybody’s surprise. Monk. What a character. What an artist. I guess he locked himself up in his apartment for months and months to perfect his style (and it seems also to lose a bit of his mind).