David Foster Wallace once wrote a piece about David Lynch. In the piece, he coined a new term: "Lynchian". Wallace described a Lynchian tone as "the unbelievably grotesque existing in a kind of union with the unbelievably banal."
He described a husband beating his 1950s housewife to death because she bought the wrong brand of peanut butter. "I told you to buy the JIF," he'd say as he's clobbering her to death. This, he said, would qualify as almost perfectly Lynchian.
I think "I Am Jazz" enters into Lynchian territory. The .webm above shows a simple domestic scene. The women look like average suburban moms. They're relaxing on the couch. One imagines they might be discussing casserole recipes when we cut to them. But it slowly dawns on us that in the living room, with placid expressions on their faces, they're talking about the woman's transvestite son's genitals.
Despite the obvious subtext and the producers' hope to normalize this horror, the average person is totally disgusted. Nevertheless, the viewer is fascinated. We're drawn further into this. The sheer naked horror of what they're saying, the blasé quality with which they're saying it, it creates this brutal paradox that almost rapes the viewer's basic sense of what is decent.
Well I am back again. Even though my listeners are very few, I continue with my hollow quest to create relevant and worthy art, yet I cant seem to spin with the memes ear wish to here recited ad nauseam. I have grown as a musician and my sound has matured greatly since I began this journey under the mantle of Grey Aven. I hope 2019 is the year I can finally break through. Doubtful.
I got Rhythm, as well as being an extremely popular chord-sequence among jazz musicians, provides an excellent example of ART TATUM at up-tempo. On the recording available, the opening 8 bars are also used as an introduction to the first chorus.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Arranged and Performed by Grey Aven
Tis the season! And Ive got a dozen or so Christmas and Advent pieces I've arranged. I'll be uploading them through out the season! Putting my best effort into the mastering and production of these classics so please give me your feed back on the quality! Thank you so much for listening and have a blessed holiday season.
00:00 Opening 00:15 Black Orpheus - Louis Bonfi 04:07 The Days of Wine and Roses - Henry Mancini 07:10 Green Dolphin Street - Kaper and Washington 10:10 The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim 13:25 God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday 17:10 Here's That Rainy Day - Jim Van Heusen 20:57 Meditation - Antonio Carlos jobim 24:39 Misty - Errol Gardner 28:41 Night and Day - Cole Porter 31:51 The Shadow of Your Smile - Johnny Mandel 34:43 Yesterday - Lennon and McCartney 37:31 All of Me - Simons and Marks
00:00 Four Seasons 03:17 Downtown Blues 06:01 The Grandmother Song 12:15 The Dark Song 17:07 Dream Song 23:34 Irish Song 25:25 Goodtime Boogie 29:08 Moonbeams 32:44 I'm Sorry Again 37:25 Four Down Boogie 39:12 Give the Kid a Break 42:48 Homecoming 49:41 Old Time Harmonica Blues
00:00 Introduction 00:19 Four Seasons 02:06 Downtown Blues 06:03 Grandmother Song 13:30 Up and Over Blues 17:34 St. James Infirmary Blues 22:30 Green Onions 25:46 Give the Kid a Break 30:00 Cowboy Blues 34:22 (dissertation on boogie woogie piano) 36:06 The Natural Boogie Woogie 39:31 Stormy Blues 44:52 Folsom Prison Blues 48:26 Anabel Lee 51:23 Back in the Saddle Again
Music radio for people with an eclectic taste for the underground. Multi-Genre. One a week. Recorded live and unplanned. Now in 90 minute mixtape format. Tracklist below.
Side A Intro: A Cosmic Drama - Flying Lotus Myrtle Avenue - Floating Points Rememberance - Yussef Kamaal Juan Pablo - Ezra Collective Light The Way - Africa Hitech Booyant (Archie Pelago Rework) - Distal & HxdB/Archie Pelago Bern Rhythm - Teebs Lesson 5.5 (Instrumental) - Free The Robots Brothers On The Slide - Cymande
Side B Pipeline - Incredible Bongo Band Ballade De Melody Nelson - Serge Gainsbourg Ené Alantchie Alnorem - Mulatu Astatke Music Of The Mind - Jamiroquai Telefone 9 - A Roda Make The Road by Walking - Menehan Street Band Mesafeler - Erkin Koray Ethanopium - Dengue Fever Protect Ya Neck - El Michels Affair Waltz For Lumumba - The Spencer Davis Group Ghetto Organ - Jackie Mittoo L8rz - Chinnup (GonzoRadio Exclusive)
00:00 Four Seasons 02:50 Downtown Blues 06:32 The Grandmother Song 13:06 The Natural Boogie Woogie 16:17 Island Song 19:57 Old Time Harmonica Blues 24:41 I'm Sorry Again 28:17 Four Down Boogie 30:23 Give the Kid a Break 34:17 Flea Bag Boogie 37:58 St. James Infirmary 41:50 Green Onions 44:23 Lonesome Cowboy Blues
Original blues improvisations. copyright (c) 2012 William A. Schaeffer
00:00 Four Seasons 03:46 Love Theme from Meaning of Life 06:57 Old Time Harmonica Blues 11:02 The Natural Boogie Woogie 14:51 Lieh-Tzu's Dream 18:00 Four Down Boogie (interrupted) 18:55 I'm Sorry Again 23:01 St. James Infirmary 27:11 Stormy Blues 31:47 The UnNatural Boogie Woogie 34:23 Old Time Harmonica Blues
Recorded as part of the Street Pianos LA festivities in March and April of 2012. This recording was made at a piano sponsored by Homeboy Industries. The piano was located at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education.
00:00 All Blues 03:42 Train Horn sound 04:25 I've been working on the Railroad 06:30 Alley Cat 08:47 Are You Lonesome Tonight 11:17 Baby Elephant Walk 14:08 Besame Mucho 17:23 ...talking with Albert... 18:00 Black Orpheus 22:00 Blue Moon 23:33 By the Time I get to Phoenix 26:03 Can't Help Falling in Love with You 28:35 Caravan
I don't think most people realize that when I made this recording I was near broke, and did not own a piano. I lost my career, my condo, my savings, and my professional life in the stock market crash of 2008. I had to sell my piano and move.
Sometimes, I could not find a piano to practice on for two or three months. I went to music stores, churches, schools and restaurants to try and find an available piano. Most public pianos in Los Angeles are guarded fiercely by bitter middle aged clerks.
When the street pianos LA was announced it was like a miracle from heaven. NOW I had a place that I could practice piano.
I took an old video camera and audio recorder along to document the events. Half the time, some technical problem ruined the recording. This recording is mono, because there was a loud BUZZ noise in the left channel.
Generally the experience, however, was fantastic. It was fun to go to new locations of the city that I had never been before. I always met friendly people and occasionally some angry people. I got to see a lot of fabulous piano art work and that was really special. I love these painted pianos!!! I got to play on a lot of broken down piano mechanisms and that was really challenging.
On this recording day, I met a couple other musicians and we jammed "off camera." The birds and the train were just coincidental fun. I love those birds.
I love playing piano when the birds start to sing. It is almost like we are making music together. The birds in this park had some amazing vocalizations and I never even saw what kind of birds they were. They were nesting in a huge dark tree with dense foliage right at the edge of the lake. I went back to play piano at the same park a month later and someone had cut the whole tree down.
When I had a piano in my condo I use to play on my lunch hour. I had noticed then that birds are more likely to sing along if I play in the key of E major. But those birds were sparrows, or some little birds, and I have no idea what these birds were.
I love the California Mocking Bird. Those little birds have some of the most amazing and musical vocalizations I have ever heard. I swear that they are communicating and that they know how to count.
I have never ending fun while walking outside by trying to imitate the California Mocking birds with whistling. When I hear one, I start whistling and see if we can establish a "conversation." Occasionally one will get very agitated and animated. I would love to compose a piece of music where all the melody lines were based on music transcriptions of California Mocking Bird vocalizations.
This is my cover of the Pink Panther by Henry Mancini. I used the Dr. Rhythm DR-770 to program the bass and drums, and then I transcribed the piano, horn section, and tenor sax solo which I play live. Enjoy the jam
Since multiple unofficial uploads of this track has been on YT for a long time, one for 7 years, since I DO own the CD with this, and since this is not equivalent sound quality to what you can purchase, I reckon it's OK to upload it here. I wanted to refer to it in a smart ass way in a nonmusical context, and damned if I'll send anybody to YT. But it is great music anyway. If you like it, seek out an official copy and buy it.
Puccio Roelens was an Italian composer, orchestra leader and pianist active from the mid 1940s to the time of his passing in 1985. You can easily place him in the “library music” category with his heavily rhythmical instrumental funk with a jazz/fusion edge. Released on 'cult' collectors RCA SP promo-only series, the album 'Rock Satellite' contains great funky tunes, with some classic late 70's Disco and Boogie influences.
There are definitely enough moments of musical grandeur to be discovered on the album and if you attempt to capture them all, you will certainly end up grooving to these smooth and sexy numbers. No wonder original copies of this album are selling for 500 US$.
Some folks around the NPR Music office said they felt an almost spiritual connection to Erykah Badu during her visit to the Tiny Desk. And that was before she and her band even played a single note. It came from the waft of earthly scents that followed in her wake, to the flowing dreads and clothes that hung on her like robes.
After her self-introduction, which included a rundown of her spiritual and creative aliases, Badu rolled into one of her earliest musical calling cards, "Rimshot." It's an ode to the sound the percussionist makes when a drumstick is struck against the metal edge of the snare drum. On this performance, as on her 1997 album Baduizm, it becomes a device to play with time — stretching it, stopping it, suspending it. Propelled by jazz chords on the piano and the steady pulse of the acoustic bass, the playful performance unfolded in the tradition of the best bebop.
But the panoramic song "Green Eyes" is the centerpiece of Badu's Tiny Desk performance. It's wide-ranging in scope and musical arrangement and brilliantly executed by the jazz and hip-hop musicians in her backing band. The story of heartbreak is striking enough, but her interpretation showcases her formidable vocal skills. By the time it was over, we were all just as emotionally and spiritually spent as she was from the experience.
Erykah Badu is an artist for the ages. To old-school jazz fans like myself, names like Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn come to mind as much as Billie Holiday because of Badu's singular approach to a lyric. They all cut their own creative path and left behind a legacy that you can identify with just one note. Erykah Badu is on that same path, and one day her name will be mentioned along with the other Elders who share her spirit of musical adventure.
SET LIST "Rimshot" "Green Eyes" MUSICIANS Erykah Badu (lead vocals), RC Williams (Keys), Braylon Lacy (bass), Cleon Edwards (Drums), Frank Moka (Percussion), Kenneth Whalum (Sax), Keyon Harrold (Trumpet), Dwayne Kerr (Flute)
CREDITS Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Khun Minn Ohn, CJ Riculan; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR.