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Posted: 06 May 2015 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I’m not sure what the gender bias is on instrumental music in general is. Female jazz musicians that get (relatively) famous are the minority, at least excluding singers. Same with rock bands. Orchestras - I’m not sure. There is some gender bias on specific instruments, but overall - I don’t really know if orchestras tend to be overwhelmingly male, excluding other social factors which encourage more boys to excel at music than girls in many cultures.

Tal is great - that clip with Jeff Beck is pretty awesome. smile

Speaking of resonance and female musicians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4BJ3wng6Mk

Actually somewhat related to the Mongolian singer, that kind of singing is *extremely* hard to control. Sounds melodic, but very, very technically advanced.

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Posted: 06 May 2015 09:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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There was one major orchestra that would not consider a female musician until recently, It was a left over from an age of male dominance, hopefully we are growing out of it now.  I’m afraid it might take a few more years for women to be fully equal with men in all areas, in music there are still gender roles that are enforced by unwritten rules.  It seems that culture is rather slow to evolve.

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Posted: 06 May 2015 09:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Then there is the counter tenor, or male soprano.  It doesn’t seem to work the other way for some reason. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6BlH-ZC5P0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWD8d_YL30o&list=RDHWD8d_YL30o#t=79

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XH-58eB8c

It isn’t always the little guy that can do this, 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEaMaEb6HIo

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Posted: 06 May 2015 10:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Then there is the counter tenor, or male soprano.  It doesn’t seem to work the other way for some reason. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6BlH-ZC5P0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWD8d_YL30o&list=RDHWD8d_YL30o#t=79

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XH-58eB8c

It isn’t always the little guy that can do this, 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEaMaEb6HIo

Good stuff.

I read somewhere that music (fleeting harmonic melodies) is the opposite of architecture (permanent harmonic construction) in the spectrum of Art forms. I thought that was a profound observation. Fortunately we are able to record spontaneous improvisations on a theme, or these little gems would be lost forever.

Interstingly, Bach already allowed for “improvisational freedom” in some of his compositions.

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Posted: 06 May 2015 11:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Another jazz giant on an instrument which was never designed for jazz and seems very restrictive, until you hear him play.
I present the harmonica virtuoso, Toots Thielemans performing Killer Joe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GJaxGP53us

and with Bill Evans on Sno Peas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyLGRrSNZVY (Can anyone tell me the name of the sax player?) 

Toots accompanies Lizz Wright on this beautiful old standard. Come Rain or Come Shine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qelzIA9gLJ4&list=PLIeRRviu1HMnZWFy01jqQH1zXuN4xrcqw

And a solo vocal from Lizz Wright. I can guarantee that any serious listener will wipe a tear. This is what I was referring to women’s (and all poetry lovers) emotional connection with lyrics as well as the melody.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FobnjdYOnyw

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Posted: 07 May 2015 04:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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LOL, you got me going now.

For saxophone lovers. This Buddy Rich Big Band rendition if Groovin Hard is excellent. The sax solo is not particularly noteworthy, but the sax ensemble play is wonderful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAGKDPMiSFE

oh, and wonderful solos by Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan are on this take of Pyramid by the Horace Silver quintet.
Clifford Jordan’s tenor solo is astoundingly masculine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Qq3YRhqEI

And Harold Land’s tenor solo on Land’s End on the album Study in Brown, drips with melancholy. Clifford Brown needs no introduction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RkzPmkDfjE


And for alto sax lovers, Cannonball Adderley (and Bill Evans) on the album “Know what I Mean” is excellent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWKIyZljwN4

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Posted: 07 May 2015 07:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Write4U - 06 May 2015 11:27 PM

Another jazz giant on an instrument which was never designed for jazz and seems very restrictive, until you hear him play.
I present the harmonica virtuoso, Toots Thielemans performing Killer Joe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GJaxGP53us


As soon as I read Harmonica, I thought of this trio and this particular rendition, 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ZpXg0GEC4

Watch the girl, she just can’t keep it straight, and listen to some of their other work.  A lot of classical music here.

The only way she could keep it together was to not watch the other guys.

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Posted: 07 May 2015 10:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Write4U - 06 May 2015 11:27 PM

Another jazz giant on an instrument which was never designed for jazz and seems very restrictive, until you hear him play.
I present the harmonica virtuoso, Toots Thielemans performing Killer Joe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GJaxGP53us


As soon as I read Harmonica, I thought of this trio and this particular rendition, 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ZpXg0GEC4

Watch the girl, she just can’t keep it straight, and listen to some of their other work.  A lot of classical music here.

The only way she could keep it together was to not watch the other guys.

Hilarious!  And they are excellent players, but not in the class of Toots.

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Posted: 08 May 2015 12:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Write4U - 07 May 2015 10:49 AM

And they are excellent players, but not in the class of Toots.

Sorry, but I didn’t realize it was a competition.

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Posted: 08 May 2015 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Write4U - 07 May 2015 10:49 AM

And they are excellent players, but not in the class of Toots.

Sorry, but I didn’t realize it was a competition.

Well, I am not trying to compete, nor are the performers, I’m sure. I am just trying to present a few examples of what I consider to be Art by exceptional musicians (see my signature line).

I gave just due to the trio for their very funny and competent rendition of a harmonica classic. I enjoyed it!

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Posted: 08 May 2015 04:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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One of my all time favorite compositions and performances of Django.

Pianist and musical director for the Modern Jazz Quartet, John Lewis, composed “Django” in 1954 as a tribute to the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt.

A good remastered version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLjjN2zovRU

And speaking of DR, do listen to this recording of Spain by Bireli Lagrene and Vic Juris . This tour de force live performance is just astounding!!!!  Bireli is the second soloist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZkQNJToXI8

p.s. For music lovers on a budget. VLC media player is outstanding and its free! It can record and play just about any format and features a 10 band equalizer (plus other goodies), as well as environment settings.

I used to use Winamp for its ease of use, but VLC is much better, IMO.

And for downloading anything, I use DAP (Download Accelerator Plus). It doesn’t record streaming but goes directly to the web addy (copy/paste) and downloads the entire file in a few seconds. No fooling around with site dedicated drivers, etc. It is also free and has never failed me yet.

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Posted: 21 May 2015 04:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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BreakUp - 06 May 2015 09:24 PM

There was one major orchestra that would not consider a female musician until recently,

Really? Thats hard to believe, many orchestras seem to have female members.

It was a left over from an age of male dominance, hopefully we are growing out of it now.  I’m afraid it might take a few more years for women to be fully equal with men in all areas, in music there are still gender roles that are enforced by unwritten rules.  It seems that culture is rather slow to evolve.

Eh, its probably that men are more into playing music, and sperging out over music, than women are.

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