Classical Jazz 2
The sub-title doesn’t refer to classic tunes, but to interpretations of classical music by jazz musicians. Back in February I posted a short selection of Ravel’s Bolero here – the download link is still live.
Nearly ten years ago, an article by contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage in the Guardian posed the question ‘Why do so few classical musicians take jazz seriously?‘
Turnage does, and has worked with the likes of drummer Pete Erskine and guitarist John Schofield improvising within a score played by classically trained musicians. But, he says, he can’t play jazz himself.
Bruce Chidester cynically or satirically – I can’t tell – suggests differences between classical and jazz musicians.
The left side of the brain is the seat of language and processes in a logical and sequential order (classical musician). The right side is more visual and processes intuitively, holistically, and randomly (jazz musician).
Which are you? Here’s a quick test.
(Although I’m right-handed and not ambidextrous, I have a split personality.)
I became a committed jazz fan as a teenager – my father played stride piano at home – yet the first album I bought was Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto. Obviously Bach has been an influence on countless jazz musicians. Here’s a selection of tracks from the IndoJazzia archives.
01. Fats Waller – Bach Up to Me
02. Benny Goodman – Bach Goes To Town
03. Django Reinhardt – Bach Improvisation
04. Jacques Loussier Trio – Bach’s Pastorale in C minor
05. Classical Jazz Quartet – Concerto #2 in F major BWV 1047, 2nd Movement
06. Duran, Grappelli & Holloway – Brandenburg Boogie
07. George Barnes & Jazz Renaissance Quintet – Fugue in G Minor (Part 1 of 2)
08. Ray Brown & Laurindo Almeida – Air On The G-String
09. Oscar Peterson – The Bach Suite (Allegro-Andante-Bach’s Blues)
10. Petra Haden – Bach’s Prelude No. 2 in C minor
11. David Darling, Jorge Alfano, Joseph Nagler – Bach’s Persia