Jan Pieter Blank (known as Piet Blank) and René Runge (known as Jaspa Jones) make up the German duo of Blank & Jones, famous for their "downtempo" material. While their discography is seemingly endless, and their flair for "instant hit" remixes keeps them beloved by audiences world-wide, they have ventured into the jazz arena … Continue reading Jazz(y) – Blank & Jones
Since their formation in 1974, Hiroshima has created music that has touched on jazz, R&B, pop, and world music, yet their hugest successes have come from their jazz recordings. Their self-titled debut album sold more than 100,000 copies in the first three (3) months. I offer up their fourth album, Another Place (1985), as my … Continue reading Spotlight – Hiroshima
Take Five - written by Paul Desmond Take The A Train - written by Billy Strayhorn 'Round Midnight - written by Thelonious Monk Birdland - written by Joe Zawinul Mood Indigo - written by Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard A few takes on each, for your pleasure. Jazz, jazz, and nothing but jazz. … Continue reading Redux 2 (3/10/2020)
gen – re \ ˈzhän-rə 1: a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content In the past several years, there seems to have been a rash of buzzwords and phrases used to determine where a particular type of music should or should not be placed. Ironically, the … Continue reading Is it really jazz?