Roadmap to Jazz: From Classical to Jazz
If you like classical, you may also like...
Date: 16-Apr-1999 05:50:06
From: Graham D'Aucourt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Try the jazz adaptations of J.S.Bach by Jacques Loussier.
Date: 16-Apr-1999 11:37:43
if you're talikng mainstream classical, as heard on your local NPR station:
anything by Dave Brubeck (esp. 'Blue Rondo a la Turk', etc.)
Jacques Loussier - any of the 'Play Bach' recordings (these are surprisingly good!)
Miles Davis - 'Kind of Blue' (universal recommendation)
also: Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, the L.A. Four, etc.
for more advanced listeners: anything by Gil Evans, selected recordings of Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas Quintet, etc.
Date: 16-Apr-1999 15:07:13
From: Dave Lake (email@example.com)
I would recommend that they start with Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano or Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano or California Suite. The last features Shelly Manne and Hubert Laws. They could then move on to Hubert Laws who has a number of classsical works modified for flute, then on to other Hubert Laws and then on to other jazz flute players and other woodwinds such as clarinet and sax. The other approach would be to move through "classical" composers who use jazz such a Gershwin or Darius Milhaud. Milhaud has written some very interesting works with a strong jazz emphasis including Creation du Monde, Rag Caprices, Scaramouche adn Le Voyageur sans bagages. Actually Milhaud is the perfect way for a jazz fan to get into classical music as well.
Date: 18-Apr-1999 09:45:15
From: B_Badenov_ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Modern Jazz Quartet (usually called MJQ) is an obvious place for listeners coming from the classics to jazz. The leader, John Lewis, has done arrangements of Bach suites and the concerto by Aranjuez for the group. Many of his originals are classic influenced.
Joe Venuti is another point of entree for classicists since his instrument, the violin, is dominant in classical music. Venuti was classically trained and often sneaks in classic quotes, most often a snippet of "The Maid with the Flaxen Hair". He has also recorded an idiosyncratic version of "Meditation" from Thais. While his recording career lasted over 50 years, a good album to start with would be Joe and Zoot (Sims)from the 70s. The song "Deep Night" starts off like a classical sonata for piano and violin before it morphs into a hard swinging tune.
Date: 21-Apr-1999 20:12:38
If you're into Glenn Gould or anything piano, try:
Date: 02-May-1999 21:16:49
From: Paula Edelstein (email@example.com)
Try Avishai Cohen's ADAMA and his latest release titled, DEVOTION. He was highly influenced by the Bach Cello Suites and transcribed them for acoustic bass.
Date: 09-Jul-2000 07:32:50
From: Steve Douglas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jean Yves Thibaudet's album, "Conversations with Bill Evans" is a marvelous bridge as Jean is a classical pianist with an appreciation of Bill's work.
Date: 21-Nov-2000 15:38:03
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Date: 31-Jan-2001 23:01:35
From: Charles Burton (email@example.com)
Maybe someone can help me out here. Bob James has done some jazzy-classical pieces but I can't remember what albums they were on. I think the latest one is Playing Hookie.
Date: 15-Jul-2001 05:17:35
From: Isaac Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ahh, yes.... "Jazz IS the jasmine that grew in the dessert". Feel free to quote me on that one.