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Sound Ideas #6 - Audio Odyssey
Thanks for paying us a visit. This hour is an audio odyssey exploring a multitude of sounds: some cool, some hot, some electric, some swingin’, and some blue.
Artist Track Album
Herbie Hancock You've got it Bad Girl The New Standard
John Pizzarelli I Only Want Some New Standards
Regina Carter Something for Grace Something for Grace
Quincy Jones Whisper Not The Birth of a Band
Yaron Gershovsky Sidewinder State of Mind
Danilio Perez Panamonk Panamonk
Henry Mancini Pink Panther Music from the Film Score: The Pink Panther
Roomful of Blues Back on Front Street Music can Make You Happy
Johnny Adams Stand By Walkin' on a Tight Rope
Herbie Hancock Driftin' Takin' Off

What constitutes a standard is a nebulous definition, yet ask the Jazz player, and its pretty clear what tunes are considered standards. Standards are generally plucked from popular music or are specific jazz creations; however, their timelessness is apparent from the first time they are heard. Our first two cuts reflect the ever evolving and growing repertoire of jazz standards.

The contrasts in sound are evident between the lush big band of Quincy Jones and the fiery violin of Regina Carter; in this case, the two juxtapose the convention wisdom of what is cool and what is hot.

Yaron gives us a vocalese treat, courtesy of The Manhattan Transfer, on the classic Sidewinder and Danilio interprets the musical form of all that was Monk through a Latin lens with a sense of adventure that has to be heard to be believed. Another standard rounds out the set; this time from the prolific pen of Henry Mancini.

Rounding out our time together is the blue hue, that from which so much of the jazz idiom is derived. We dance, and then we walk, right before we take off. From Herbie's first album, we hear all the soul, bop, and blue that his classic Blue Note quintet delivers. Such a rich musical history that is unveiled right before our ears.

What ultimately makes for a standard? The passage of time. Music that is as fresh and vibrant today as it was 20, 30, or even 50 years ago and that will be 20, 30, or 50 years in the future. A tapestry of talent, a collage of color... the standard bearer of musical craftsmanship.