Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Bird and Diz!

You also have to get through the awards part BECAUSE Bird and Diz do "Hothouse" and there is much great soloing. This is so far back Diz had not had the bend in his bell . . .the upward tilted bell he was known for. . .that was yet to come. This is 1951. This is BEBOP! After you listen to this, then you can tell people you know what bebop is. . .(the term is misued like so many others in jazz).

Charlie Parker & Dizzy
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More Jazz Trombone

Since this is the world of Web 2.0 and that means that web pages are more and more assembled out of "pieces" of data from all over. . .then by all means we should hip ourselves to the very estimable Mr. Rosolino as he bebops on the most difficult of instruments to do that on. . .the trombone.

Here is yet another great performance by Frank Rosolino playing jazz trombone to the utmost. Frank introduces this tune as being by "Monk, who writes with the 'funk' and that's no 'bunk'. . ." :)

Frank Rosolino VI
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This is truly the guy you need to listen to if you are going to try and survive as a bebop trombone jazz player. You would also do well to listen to JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Carl Fontana, Curtis Fuller, and really a host of other worthy bone players. But perhaps the important thing about Frank is that we have a lot of high quality and it is available to be heard. Don't be misled by false notions of "West Coast Jazz" vs. "East Coast Jazz". . .the terms really are pretty well abused. Rosolino is pure bebop and would have fit right in with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie or Fats Navarro. These terms like mentioned above are for pedestrians and music critics. . .or basically non-performers.

I got a couple of chances to ask guys of Frank's stature about how to do this. . it is basically this simple: "I play by EAR". And when you hear bebop then you do bebop. It is the hearing part that takes some real work. . .

Friday, November 24, 2006

Jazz Trombone

I'm devoting my site to jazz trombone from here on out. I've seen how political blogs can get "blogged" down . . .what is more fun than music? And since I particularly like jazz like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Jack Teagarden. . .and well this guy below. . .well then this site should mainly be about jazz trombone.

I'm unsure if this will work but this is supposed to be Frank Rosolino:

Frank Rosolino II
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We shall see. . .won't we?

Or maybe you will see one of the greatest to ever blow jazz on this awkward instrument, the trombone. Frank was probably "certifiable" in a lot of different senses of the word, I'd tend to remember him as certifiably the greatest bebop trombone player (I even have to shift the very, very fine JJ and Kai down to just beneath this guy. . .he's that important to me in the world of bop).

Anyway stay tuned.


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