"Blue Rondo a la Turk" on the Two Generations of Brubeck album. Wow.
There are many fine versions of this tune, but this one gets me dancing, clapping, fist-pounding, whatever, every time....and it's not easy to dance in, what, 9/8? I love tunes that grow, build, develop, and move through changes. This one just picks me up and takes me right along with it. Great melding of jazz and rock idioms, too. It's fun to imagine Dave Brubeck setting the groove and then sitting back to hear where his kids and their friends take it.
You can continue exploring Dave and the kids on Two Generations of Brubeck, "The Great Spirit Made Us All". And Chris Brubeck's rock/jazz band Sky King on "Secret Sauce".
For extra credit, give a "spin" to Chase, "Bochawa" from their last album, Pure Music.
Great song Astro! And what an album, with great drumming by the stunningly good Jim Gordon (Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Derek & The Dominoes, Traffic). He went mad and killed his mother, and is now locked up.
There's a video on You Tube picturing Brian Wilson and the other Beach Boys around the time the song "God Only Knows" was recorded. What makes this clip worth searching for is that what you hear is the isolated piano and melody vocal, sans the orchestration (by Brian) heard in the full mix version of the song on the Pet Sounds album.
This allows the song's chord structure and voicings to be more readily heard and appreciated. Brian is renown for his melodies and harmonies (with good reason), but imo it is his chord arrangements that elevate him above ALL his peers.
Still watching this thread. I really like these music threads...best this, best that....It always amazes me how broad are the tastes of posters and how much great music is out there that I've never heard of, as well as reminders of stuff I haven't pulled off the shelf in my own collection lately. Today's highlights, at least so far, are the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, "Stairs" from the album "Spin", and "Coming Home" from the O'Conner Band with Mark O'Conner.
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