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  1. Favorite long jazz tracks

  2. I'm going in a few weeks and would like to see some shows but hoping to avoid the tourist traps. I'm also partial to bebop and contemporary, but I'd be interested in hearing some trad too. Any suggestions?
  3. Your favorite headphones?

    Bump. Loving my Klipsch S4s lately... sadly, between working out and being tethered to my phone, they're the only cans I've been able to enjoy on a regular basis. But they are great.
  4. McCoy Tyner-- amazing concert

    That's the one. Stanley Crouch was there too, if I remember correctly. Great episode.
  5. Last night I saw Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman. One of the best shows I've ever seen. I cried like a baby the whole time.
  6. McCoy Tyner-- amazing concert

    Did anyone else see him on Treme?!
  7. I have been enjoying it from afar. Unfortunately, I don't have as much free time now as I did when I first made that meandering post. I'd like to wait until I have more time to post thoughtfully... I will say that upon further reading of Baraka, I am just as disturbed by his seeming misogyny, which appears just as blatant and problematic: "The average ofay [white person] thinks of the black man as potentially raping every white lady in sight. Which is true, in the sense that the black man should want to rob the white man of everything he has. But for most whites the guilt of the robbery is the guilt of rape. That is, they know in their deepest hearts that they should be robbed, and the white woman understands that only in the rape sequence is she likely to get cleanly, viciously popped." Again, I'm open to the possibility that this is taken out of context or that Baraka passionately repudiated this mentality later in his career, but it seems a shame that someone who styles himself such a revolutionary thinker would be so myopic and chauvinistic to the oppression of other groups.
  8. YOUR Top three all-time jazz vocalists

    1. Billie Holiday 2. Sarah Vaughan 3. Nina Simone
  9. Agreed...and couldn't it be argued that all humor is based on irony in some form or another?
  10. Ken Burns' "Jazz" seems pretty "Silly"

    LOL It's funny, my original sentiment was totally sincere. Wynton Marsalias can make anything sound profound! His commentary always seems so charming and impressive and then (many times) I realize he hasn't said all that much. My point was that he could ramble semi-eloquently about even the most uninteresting artist, and I think Burns takes full advantage of it. But with 20 hours of commentary, I wanted a few more experts, rather than just relying so heavily on Marsalias. Oh and incidentally, I would watch 20+ hours of Gerald Early talk about jazz in a heartbeat.
  11. Ken Burns' "Jazz" seems pretty "Silly"

    I apologize. I did do a "Ken Burns" search but did not click over to the second page of results because I am lazy and impatient. Surely there is a mod somewhere that could move this to a more appropriate place. Also, I didn't mean to give the impression that I don't appreciate the series in general. I am actually in the midst of watching it for the 3rd time all the way through. I do love a lot about it, and I feel grateful something as ambitious and mainstream has been done on jazz. Much of the little I know about jazz has come from the series. Having said that, some of it is... well... silly. I won't go further for fear of rehashing things people have probably mentioned a million times before. Again, my apologies.
  12. I'm in the midst of watching the PBS Ken Burns documentary that you all have most likely loved, hated, or perhaps judiciously avoided. My most recurring thought is: "Can Wynton Marsalias sound profound while spitting out any random cheesy platitude for any subject at a moment's notice?" You can imagine him giving the commentary for some Ke$ha documentary and earnestly shaking his head, smiling wistfully: "Man, she is a lady with all these thoughts. And she sings those thoughts... just like, like she's talking to you. Like you ain't never heard such thoughts. And the whole time, there are so many words and you have this person saying things to you, saying things to your ear, but they are coming straight from her brain. Those words, you just gotta listen man. You gotta listen in your ear."
  13. I totally love this thread, although at times I have wondered if my questions are considered too pedantic for even jazz fans... I will check out the additional recommendations ASAP... oh and by the way, it's Ms. spang.