Posted by keithosaunders on March 7, 2017
Alcoa presents: The Jazz Ethicist…with Keitho!
Dear J.E. When is the proper time to employ the jazz ‘woo?’
Good question! First of all, whatever you do, do not use it on the bandstand. Horn players, when they are not soling, should effect an insouciance with head cocked at 45 degree angles, looking passively into the audience, occasionally snapping on the 2 and/or the 4.
NOW. During the break you will be talking about great musicians with your fellow band members. For example, someone one will say, “Herbie was killing it on Speak Like a Child!”
Now is your chance.
With a barely audible, yet excited 2 second falsetto, you proclaim, “Ooooh!”
Note: The W in ‘woo’ is silent – if you say ‘woo’ you’ve blown it and will be instantly ostracized from the herd.
I hope this helps.
Posted in jazz, Uncategorized | Tagged: Herbie Hancock, jazz, jazz gigs, jazz musicians, Speak Like a Child | 3 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on June 6, 2016
Those that follow my blog know that the pianist, Bud Powell, is the jazz musician whom I feel the closest to . I believe he has had a greater influence on jazz pianists than any other musician. This includes Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock, all of whom are giants in their own right.
Not only was Bud a brilliant pianist but he was also a transcendent composer. Many of his compositions combine classical, African, and Latin American influences which are filtered through his extremely personal and infectious harmonic and melodic sensibility. Some, such as Celia, Dance of The Infidels, and Bouncing With Bud have become jazz standards – repertory which musicians are expected to know. Others, such as the forward looking Un Poco Loco, Glass Enclosure, and Sure Thing are less accessible vehicles for improvising, and thus with the passage of time have been overlooked.
This year’s resolution has been to transcribe and learn some Powell’s lesser known compositions and I am proud to say that at mid year I am right on schedule. I began with Dusk at Sandi, and last week, after about a month’s work, I finished Sure Thing. (Next up will be Glass Enclosure)
Here is a screen shot of the first page of six:
Forgive my amateurish screen shot skills. My patience ran out so I ended up taking it from my phone.
I am now offering jazz piano lessons via Skype. In fact, since the main focus of lessons will be on improvising, I can teach any instrument. The lessons are affordable, and being that I will not be leaving my apartment to teach, I charge less than my usual fee.
You may contact me via email or through my website.
OK enough with the commercial, we now return you to your regular scheduled curmudgeonly blogging.
Posted in jazz, Uncategorized | Tagged: art tatum, Bud Powell, Dance of the Infidels, Glass Enclosure, Herbie Hancock, jazz, Jazz piano lessons, piano lessons, Skype jazz piano lessons, Skype lessons, Thelonious Monk, Un Poco Loco | 1 Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on October 14, 2015
I just saw this for the first time last week: The John Coltrane Quartet playing A Love Supreme live. Amazing stuff. McCoy’s solo on Resolution, which begins at appx 7.50, is devastating.
I really believe that in an Anchorman-style rumble the Coltrane Quartet would have no trouble with Mile’s 60s quintet. I realize that Miles’ group would have a man advantage, but the quartet would outweigh them and are going to want it more.
Now some of you are probably saying, ‘Woah, woah, woah, Miles knew boxing, mannnn!’ To that I would respond, one word: Elvin.
Elvin would be like, ‘You want a piece of this, Miles?’ *Ba bam bam be ke de bam [three against four to the face] GOOSH CRASH BE BAM CRINKLE OH SNAP [paradiddle] GA-GOOSH IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO PLAY 6/8 GROOVE GROAN SKOOSH CYMBAL*
And that, my friends, would be the end of the Miles Davis Quintet. I would hope they already had recorded Miles Smiles cause that shit is my favorite.
John Coltrane’s masterwork, A Love Supreme, was only played once in live concert. This portion is the only surviving film of that 1965 performance.
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Posted by keithosaunders on September 22, 2015
Big news. The archive of Michelangelo Antonioni directing Blow-up, long thought to have been lost, has been unearthed. Let’s go to the set for a live look-in:
[flashback harp music]
MA: CUT PRINT! THAT’S A WRAP FOR THE DAY. THANK YOU GENTLEMEN I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. CALL IS 10AM. EVERYBODY GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP — WE’LL BE FILMING THE SCENE WHERE HE STARES AT THE PHOTOGRAPH FOR 10 MINUTES AND NOTHING HAPPENS. I WANT EVERYBODY ALERT!
Assistant.Director: But Mikey, babes, it’s only 11AM now, are you sure you want to break for the day? We only shot 30 minutes of film!
MA: YOU DARE QUESTION THE MASTER?! GET YOUR THINGS YOU’RE FIRED. GET ME HERBIE HANCOCK! WHERE’S HERBIE?!
HH: You called, big A?
MA: Yes, do you have the source music I requested for the opening montage?
HH: Yes, I have two measures of a Gsus b9.
MA: PERFECT! WE’ll LOOP IT OVER THE ENTIRE FILM. NOW LET’S DO LUNCH!
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Posted by keithosaunders on September 18, 2015
I watched Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-up the other day. What a bloated, over-rated piece of garbage. This movie is 110 minutes long and it contains roughly five minutes of action, and believe me I use the word ‘action’ loosely.
This is it: Hedonistic, misogynistic, proto-Austin Powers photog goes to the park with his camera takes a few photos of a random May-December couple. He goes home, develops pictures, stares at them a long time, blows up the photos and notices a dead body.
I’ll never get that hour and 50 minutes back.
Here’s the same film in Keitho-vision.
Dirty old man in raincoat goes to the park hoping to expose himself but while there notices a nude couple having sex. He videos the couple, goes home but on the way is side tracked by zombies and has to behead all of them with his medieval sword.
He arrives home to find his house being looted by meth heads. He takes out his 44 magnum and shoots them. Then he takes meth.
Posted in film | Tagged: Antonioni, Austin Powers, Blow-up, classic film, Dirty Harry, film, Herbie Hancock, photography, The Strain | 2 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on September 12, 2015
I’ve always liked Herbie Hancock but for whatever reason he has never cracked my top 3 favorite pianists. (Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, McCoy Tyner) I was into most, if not all of his leader dates in the 60s, (Speak Like a Child is a top 5 record for me) and love him with Miles. Yet…there was something preventing me from going all in. I liked him as a friend.
Until…this. On the very first tune of this video, at apx 8:38 he plays a solo on Autumn Leaves that is so monumental that I am surprised that the space-time continuum was able to maintain its structural integrity and that there still exists an earth where there are standards with chord changes in 32 bar forms. That we try to play. And fail.
This is one of the best piano solos I’ve ever heard. It’s a fully realized, harmonically mind blowing, yet seriously grooving, logic defying masterpiece.
For some reason Wayne ends his solo at the bridge. (why did he do that?) Herbie starts out with some clusters suspended over a pedal point. He’s doing the ropadope – like he’s biding his time, patiently waiting for the chorus to come around and then BAM!
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