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Friday, December 18, 2009

Sixth Day of Wisdom :: Jazz, Americana Style -- American Classic Music

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Jazz is a Sympton of Wisdom
by Darnell Patrick, with Marshal Amps and
HRH King Zzuuzza Bouw Tuwwaaaahhh Zzzzaazzzzax SU-U-U-U-U Wah-szbit!

On my Sixth day of Bidness about Witzdom my true Love GAVE~zzz to me -- Six Slap Bass Jazz-ists ...!!!

Ooops, lookie --something just came up from our Castigated Guitar-Player search....
Look at this Daily Growler: life in new york without mary travers | Friday, September 18, 2009 | by Growling Wolf

Excerpt: "... I later would castigate Herbie Mann for selling out to the commercial marketeers--though his first cave-in album, like Brubeck's, did produce some great tunes, like "Memphis Underground" or like Ben Tucker and Bob Dorough's "Comin' Home, Baby" (the album only gives Tucker credit for the tune--though I know Bob Dorough takes credit for it, too). Herbie had 25 tunes that made it to the Top 200; Live at the Village Gate making it up to like 65th in the album standings...."

"So, you are saying there, Mr Growling, that many guitarists are self-castigated, not sell-outs?? Interesting; but is that considered illegal? [padaf]

Only later when listening to some of Herbie's after-Rocket-in-Your-Pocket work did I come to understand Herbie's reasoning for venturing down other venues. Herbie was one of Miles Davis's favorite young children who was totally absorbed into Miles's genius approach to every thing he did. Too, Herbie was there when Miles started shifting his gears and traveling down opposite-conflicting-contradictory-genre paths with his jazz--and believe me, Miles was playing jazz right up until his end.

The word jazz doesn't bother me, but if the majority say it should be called Black Classical Music, then that's what I'll call it, except I don't think young Blacks see jazz as anything but an old-timey used-to-be music.

"...yes, Bill Graham and his Fillmore rule tried to integrate hippies and jazz but it never worked."  Interesting , Mr Growling!

To me, the guitar ruined American music after the Beatles became its total influence. The electric guitar was invented by a jazz man, Eddie Durham, a trombone player in Count Basie's swingiest K.C.-based band who became fascinated by adding electrical pick ups to an acoustic and hooking them up to speakers that later became the first amps. Eddie played the guitar like a horn--a solo line over chords, yes, but the chords accenting the solo lines based on the chord changes. Yes, there had been great acoustic guitar players: Son House was a great acoustic guitar player; so was the overlooked Teddy Bunn; and I used to love the way Memphis Minnie played the acoustic.

So, electric Guitar was invented by a trombone player, eh, Mr Growling Wolf?? Interesting!

After Eddie Durham, jazz guitarists became absolutely aces on American-made electric guitars: Charlie Christian, Oscar Moore, Barney Kessell, Herbie Ellis, Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, Sal Salvador, Billy Bauer, Wes Montgomery [see also the Classic Jazz Guitar link over in our blog link sidebar]. Even the inventors of rock 'n roll like Chuck Berry played the electric guitar jazzy, solo lines over chord changes; B.B., too; and some of the great White rock 'n roller/blues guitarists, too, like Lonnie Mack from Memphis or the great blues guitarist Ronnie Earle (from Queens, New York). But to White rock guitarists, noise meant more than knowledgeable execution, so the rockers brought over Marshall amps from England and potted them up to HIGH and after that rocker guitarists got stuck on a rather amateurish 3-change style--key of C, with changes involving sliding back to A and then coming back to C via B-flat.

For me and my house, when asked about acoustic, jazz comes to mind. And Chet Atkins is my pick of the litter for the American Classical Music. And not because he is a jazz player, or is he?  [pdaf]

Ooops, We just lost our link to the past, something else just came up from my Castigated Guitar Player search.... CGP? Catch Mr Growling at:
Look at this Daily Growler: life in new york without mary travers

(by growling wolf for the daily growler)

GEt it ?? HaHa ...? So far, this song goes:
" ... On the Sixth Day of Wisdom, my true love gave to me:
... Six Slap Bass Jazz-ists ....
-- Five of Nine clever Elves a Leaping ...
-- Four girls from Hyndsver --
--Three non-French-made farm implements ...
--two Rocket--Men,
...and a labile Dandelion..."

"We at MooPig Central know you can't wait to see what the 'morrow will bring. However, we have a confirmation that France has already thrown in the towel..." Grrrrrowl ... [pdaf]

1 comment:

Brad Hogg said...
has a high quality selection of hand picked tracks.

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