From the monthly archives: "October 2014"

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This “Live” recorded 1959 album from the Verve label is a real classic and every jazz fan should have a copy at home. The description below is about the best general description that you can find online. The most disturbing thing about this album and many, many others is when it was released, that’s 1994! Very, very disturbing!

About the album:

The music on this two-CD set has a strange history. Pianist Lennie Tristano had a rare reunion with altoist Lee Konitz and tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh (his two greatest “students”) during an extended stay at the Half Note in 1959. Tristano took Tuesday nights off to teach and Bill Evans was his substitute, but the pianist had a couple of those performances recorded for posterity. While listening to his tapes years later, he was so impressed with Marsh’s playing that he sent edited versions (comprised entirely of the tenor man’s solos) to Marsh, and somehow they ended up being released in that form by the Revelation label. In 1994, the unedited music was finally issued by Verve; the consistently exciting playing by Konitz, Marsh, and Evans…..Read More

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Mating Call” is primarily a Tadd Dameron album, all compositions are by him. Of course, having John Coltrane on board always  opens up the opportunity to create a masterpiece. Its important to note, this 1956 album was recorded prior to Coltrane’s groundbreaking “Blue Train.” This particular album is considered to be a classic example of hard bop and its limitless possibilities. Hard Bop, which blossomed from Bebop, is often misunderstood and labeled as not having the extended range to improvise enough to be categorized as Avant-Garde. Whom ever things in this manner is totally out of their rocker! Hard Bop is the root of ALL avant-Garde! Get this album, its a real sleeper!

About the album:

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). This fine set, recorded on November 30, 1956, has been reissued several times, often as a John Coltrane date, but make no mistake, this is a Tadd Dameron session, and his elegant compositions are its key component. Coltrane was fresh off playing with Miles Davis in 1956 and was still a year away from heading his own sessions and three years away from recording Giant Steps, so it might be said that he was in transition, but then when was Coltrane not in transition?. Dameron wisely gives him plenty of…… Read More

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There are a multitude of ways to enjoy Jazz Con Class Radio. I will start with all the physical devices (Output):

1. A computer (Microsoft Widows based or Apple iOS based.)

2. An Android based smart phone and/or tablet. An iOS based iPhone and/or iPad.

3. A streaming media device. You have Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV (Use the Tunein App or the Shoutcast App) and there’s more

4. Wireless Home Audio Systems: Sonos, Pioneer, Bose and many, many more.

5. Bluetooth Speakers: Logitech Jawbone, JBL and many more.

Then you have many different ways to obtain the stream itself (Input):

1. Directly from the website. (CLICK IMAGE TO TEST)

2. Download the latest version located on the official page of iTunes  through your PC or Mac. After you have downloaded it just click the Internet Radio link, click on the “Jazz” Genre and then choose “Jazz Con Class Radio.”

Click on “THIS IMAGE ABOVE” for easy instructions.

3. By way of the .pls file:  JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK (or The image above for clearer instruction>, CLICK Image TO TEST) (After you click, just choose “OPEN”  and make sure that “iTunes” is in the box that you will be opening) to open it. The link will open your iTunes portal and the music will start playing, very simple!

4. The Jazz Con Class Radio Android App.

5. The Jazz Con Class Radio iOS App.

6. Through Tunein Radio (On Computer or with their App)

7. There are many other streaming players out there that are not recommended and simply don’t work.

I will update this post as soon I find more dependable ways to listen to the Jazz Con Class Radio broadcast.

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MelMartinJazzSaxophoneForum

Jazz Musician Mel Martin has establish an enormous following on his Saxophone Forum. It is located on Facebook and it is actually public! It is also important to note, Mel is rather serious to a point, concerning the rules of engagement. The members (940 and rapidly growing) are not subject to any strict restriction at all but need to follow a few simple rules. They are listed at the top of the forum and read as follows:

“This is a forum for fans and performers of real Jazz saxophone. Discussions are expected to be civil, intelligent and real. No smooth Jazz posts, Jam of the week posts or trolling. Looking forward to some great interaction about Jazz saxophone players and playing. Not a technical forum so please don’t go on about setups, reeds, m’pieces etc. NO ADS, LISTS or SPAM! Please avoid any “gossipy” or speculative posts discussing the personal or supposedly perceived emotional issues of any player, living or dead. This only leads to more speculation and personal opinion. Back stories, factual statements and personal insights are certainly welcome. Keep it real!”

“The spirit of the MMJSF – Great Music, Great Players!”

Simple enough to follow and actually represents the attitude and behavior for members of ANY forum to follow. Mel’s forum is rather specific though, since it concentrates on the saxophone and the talented jazz musicians who master it. Not only does it deal with the well known Tenor and Alto Saxophones but is equally represented with the Baratone and Soprano Sax also. By no means, does it eliminate the other instruments, they are equally admired as well since they are part of the music that broadcasts there. Oh yes, you will hear quite a bit of incredible recordings there, that’s actually what the forum is about! The atmosphere is very professional and at the same time, very educational. The conversations can range from interactions between two or more established jazz musicians conversing about other jazz greats, to interactions between new curious followers of jazz who are hungry to learn more about this thing called “Jazz.” Its a lot of fun and I recommend everyone of ALL ages to visit. You can’t go wrong and most importantly, will never feel intimidated, so go to Mel Martin’s Jazz Saxophone Forum (MMJSF) and have some real fun!

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