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unusual instruments in jazz
#21
SteveO Wrote:I always dug this guy from way back!

[video=youtube;k_Aq4zNJL3g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Aq4zNJL3g[/video]

SteveO, I just bought that album then, all because of this thread Smile

To add to the discussion, I'd like to show you guys this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bmXS7kpDRg

What the guy is using is actually called a "Jazzbo" mandolin. jazzboCR, is that perchance where you got your username?

Does anyone know why the mandolin doesn't have more of a presence in gypsy jazz? I think it would go very well in the mix! Or does it, and am I just not listening to the right people? I mean, I think electric mandolins are making more of a presence these days, even outside of gypsy stuff, but classically I guess. Does anyone know more awesome players?
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#22
nimbus Wrote:What the guy is using is actually called a "Jazzbo" mandolin. jazzboCR, is that perchance where you got your username?

Does anyone know why the mandolin doesn't have more of a presence in gypsy jazz? I think it would go very well in the mix! Or does it, and am I just not listening to the right people? I mean, I think electric mandolins are making more of a presence these days, even outside of gypsy stuff, but classically I guess. Does anyone know more awesome players?

No, I started using that nom du Internet because of this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_%22Jazzbo%22_Collins
I agree with you about the mandolin; look into what Ricky Skaggs does with it, especially when playing with Bruce Hornsby --last night I posted on just that.
These may help also: http://www.jazzmando.com/ and http://www.jazz-mandolin.com/ Here's a group: http://www.jazz-mandolin.com/ and a guy: http://www.donstiernberg.com/
Good mandoboppin' to ya!
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#23
I just came across a review of this guy: Chris Biesterfeldt http://inabluemood.blogspot.com/2013/12/...dolin.html Couldn't find much on him but all 5 customer reviews on the Usual Suspect were raves. His tune choices sure were gutsy. http://www.amazon.com/Urban-Mandolin-Chr...Descending
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7boUQJLl4A << The only tune posted on YT
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#24
Jazz music is sometimes strange enough for some of the listeners, some musician take instruments and other where sing with any instrument. But if you take a quick look around then you see that there are many who kept there old jazz instruments with them.
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#25
jazzboCR Wrote:No, I started using that nom du Internet because of this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_%22Jazzbo%22_Collins
I agree with you about the mandolin; look into what Ricky Skaggs does with it, especially when playing with Bruce Hornsby --last night I posted on just that.
These may help also: http://www.jazzmando.com/ and http://www.jazz-mandolin.com/ Here's a group: http://www.jazz-mandolin.com/ and a guy: http://www.donstiernberg.com/
Good mandoboppin' to ya!

Ah, I see!

Woah, those are all really good links, thank you! So it's actually quite an established thing? There's also an instrument called the Jazzbo mandolin that the guy is using in the link that I posted above. Just the maker's name I think, it's really just a semi-acoustic, 5-string mando.
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#26
Returning to jazz harp: not just a sweet "background wash" thing at all. Here are 3 players (2 of whom appeared in this same week in NYC--What are the odds on that happening?). Brandee Younger and Edmar Castaneda, and Jakez Francois.
Ms. Younger's Site: http://brandeeyounger.com/
Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc4iluNVwNY << from this series: http://www.npr.org/series/144918893/field-recordings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDrrBVtaF64 << Her sax player is serious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ZgcfZC5y0 << Homage to an original << Used a signal processor to more BG the skins in the mix.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wFAkTHtTKA << This piece was written natively for the harp by Alice Coltrane.

Sr. Castaneda's Site: http://www.edmarcastaneda.com/
Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SNhAKyXtC8 << Only 1 phrase need apply--"OMG, YES!" << Imagine a full concert--I'd be a sheet of sweat with joyously achy legs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlZLdf9Vda0 << We having fun yet?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUfnBeiqvek << The way they shape this piece is a marvel to behold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no-9kJg68hw < I challenge you to not move even 1 body part to this...
BONUS: A 1-hour trio concert on a cruise ship; w/ a terrif vibes player, Joe Locke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVa49WwXzr8

sensory overload now; more later...
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#27
Some more: Carol Robbins is a consummate old-skool harpist. Only 4 of her own recordings (all excellent) but check who she's played with: http://carolrobbins.net/other-recordings/ Her Site's Home: http://carolrobbins.net/
Tunes: BONUS: Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFYZAcNszuQ << Couldn't find individual stuff.

Known more for a Breton-style playing but Our Man can authentically jazz it up. Jakez Francois
Some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiAxwhrsiD8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKFoOWlrLT8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9goA1ZhElg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA7mM128jqk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiIqOQR8ifA
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#28
And now jazz cello gets its due. Touched on briefly in an ensemble piece: http://www.music-discussion.com/showthre...g-quartets Not as unusual instrument as you might think--doesn't take much digging to find a goodly number.
Stephan Braun Stone jazzman who works every bit of his imagination and his instrument His Site is in German (the only official site and no way on-site to translate): http://stephanbraun.com/ Not much on him and the Usual Suspect only has 1 disc.

Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ9wOGp618A << Solo pieces--plays well with others...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-qtjFY655U <...but sure doesn't need them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH8r7EM2usk << Now this cello duo just flat gets it. Spare and gorgeous. Glissandi of course but no annoying filigree.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4eBw4wxzzA << Sure relishes the challenges of writing/playing for a specific occasion, doesn't he? << fascinating if poorly-lighted vid CAUTION: Watching Cyr-wheel performers can be addicting. Tear your eyes away every once in a while.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUgPyix1PGA << OK not jazz--will a slow Tango do? <<W/Anne-Christin Schwarz as Deep Strings

Wizard on-line series on all things cello. Shown here improvising some Blues: Cris Cambell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OxjlCXVxg

Sticking with a theme: Brandon Collins Can't find zip on the dude but his Blues artistry is evident. Sense of humor too.
Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juH8UtqOceI << Annoying buzz soon goes away--very non-pro for it to be there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea0oyeFz8vE << Covering Gospel here

And then there's this--the Low Strung Cellos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJICLxkqS4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Pvjuje6TY << About as far as you can get from jazz, but fun.
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#29
Here's a harmonica player for you: Gregoire Maret Here's his Site: http://gregoiremaret.com/#/features << opens with music. Cutting in the Usual Suspect for the citizen reviewer comments--uniformly praising.: http://www.amazon.com/Gregoire-Maret/dp/...ref=sr_1_1
Actually I've underplayed him--he's also skilled on other instruments and a composer of note. Bright, bright future...and we benefit.

Some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmHTql0kMIU << Ain't it grand to see a group feeding off each other and enjoying themselves? No grinnin' fools here. A delight to watch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STpeC6URUYg << Brush up on your French or Polish...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ3YJh_jUFc He has a 5tet but can play with any competent outfit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CooAvsEbOY << Our Man getting rootsy in Java
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az_WSkKM5CU << 2 soul masters taking care of business with great riddim
A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR
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#30
An instrument that I have always enjoyed in a jazz setting is a marimba or xylophone.
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