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Jazz for aficionados
**** I’m not sure there is a bad Eddie Daniel’s album. Clarinet or Sax, always a good performance. **** There isn’t! Eddie is the greatest ever “woodwind doubler”. Hero to woodwind players in the NYC scene. He achieved a level of mastery that is ... 
Kind of Blue
Fantastic musician, Pat Martino who had one of the most interesting personal life stories.  Thanks mahgister!  
Kind of Blue
Yes, but rarely, if ever, does one hear music (Jazz) with even nearly this level of sophistication of execution and sense of purpose at a wedding or hotel lobby. A recording such as KOB takes on special meaning in the context of the evolution of J... 
Changes to Orchestra tuning.
As you know, it is standard practice for the concert master (1st violin) to enter the stage shortly before the conductor does.  He then signals to the oboe to give the “A” .  He usually remains standing while the orchestra tunes to that “A”.  Usua... 
Kind of Blue
**** I see the act of describing a “genre” (and the subsequent stringent segregation and put-everything-in-a-box attitude) as being useful only to a person for whom doing so helps them maximize their profits (corporate marketing execs, radio stati... 
Changes to Orchestra tuning.
@simao , long standing tradition due to the oboe’s piercing tone which can be clearly heard and the fact that the oboe does not have an easy way to adjust its own pitch, unlike other instruments which have tuning slides or parts that can be adjust... 
Kind of Blue
@whart , great article.  Great record.  Thanks.  
Changes to Orchestra tuning.
Yes.   Don’t know what orchestra concerts you have attended, but the oboe always gives the tuning reference in an orchestra.  The oboe sometimes gives two tuning “A440-445”s (or whatever).  One for the winds and then one for the strings.  When it... 
Kind of Blue
**** Jazz is not a "style" of music that has a certain sound. It is a way of thinking about music, using sophisticated musical vocabulary, spontaneous composition ability, amazing levels of musicianship, musical communication with musicians while ... 
Changes to Orchestra tuning.
Frequency ranges of individual instruments have little to do with the choosing of one tuning reference over another. As has been pointed out 2 hz is a very small change that in no way taxes the capabilities of any orchestral instrument. However, a... 
Kind of Blue
  I agree entirely with simonmoon’s and sturartk’s comments and I see no need to react defensively. simon’s description of Jazz as a genre is pretty darn good. Seems to me that there is a lot of value in being able to accurately describe what it ... 
Jazz Mount Rushmore
Listen to acman3!   Ellington: ”Money Jungle” ”Far East Suite” “At Newport 1956”  
Robert Plant
Awesome story, acman3! Not a genre I listen to much anymore.  Not because I dislike it.  Simply only so many hours in the day.  For whatever it’s worth and as much as I dislike “best of” surveys, whenever I see a “best R&R vocalist” survey, R... 
Jazz for aficionados
   
Mahler 8th Symphony
Some interesting thoughts on Mahler’s 8th from this gentleman. I agree with his top pick. Recommended. Antoni Wit cond. Warsaw Philharmonic on NAXOS.