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David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash ... and CSN

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 19 hours ago. 4 Replies

From the first time I heard "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," I fell in love with the sweet harmonies and rich, warming music made by Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Since that time, they celebrated the Summer of…Continue

Tags: Dan Rather, Graham Nash, Steven Stills, David Crosby, CSN

Unique and Interesting Instruments

Started by James Yount. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 31 Replies

Music is always evolving and so are the instruments that people use. Have you seen any unique performances that you'd like to share?Continue

Like Like Gospel Music--Do You?

Started by Donald R Barbera. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Mar 25, 2015. 2 Replies

I like music. I like all kinds…Continue

Tags: Musical, Apprceation, Musicians, Music, Founders

Atheist Themed Music and Reasoned Rythms

Started by James Yount. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 9, 2015. 31 Replies


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Comment by Randall Smith on April 8, 2016 at 7:02am

Yeah, Art is "God", whose prodigious talent became the standard by which all others strive to attain. My own father was greatly influenced by him--Nat King Cole later. (My dad was REALLY good!)

Loren, really nice! Thanks for sharing Dave with us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2016 at 1:34pm

Loren, that Dave Grusin piece is beautiful.  Love the melding of the piano and vibes. 

Randy, another pianist who is definitely on my short list is Art Tatum.  I could listen to him all day.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2016 at 8:15am

Thinking about the artists you mentioned, Randall, do you enjoy the music of Dave Grusin?  He's done a lot of work in several venues, from the soundtrack to _Heaven Can Wait_ and the theme to the television series, _St. Elsewhere_ to his own jazz stylings, such as the following lovely piece, "A Child is Born:"

Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2016 at 7:14am

Ah, the Errol Garner classic. Beautiful rendition. Garner ranks in the top 5 of my all-time favorite pianists (jazz wise). Oscar Peterson, Andre Previn, John Lewis, Dave Brubeck perhaps round out the list, although I can think of several others.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 6, 2016 at 9:17am

Ages ago, my Uncle Ed introduced me to the music of Henry Mancini via his album, The Blues and The Beat.  It was jazz, but with Mancini's own touch (French Horns?).  The album grew on me, and over half a century later, I haven't been able to shake it ... nor would I want to.

One of the premium cuts on that album is the classic, "Misty."  I include it here.  Please enjoy.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 6, 2016 at 6:58am
Randy Brecker was only about 20 years old at the time. It's hard to believe he's around 70 now! I certainly had no idea he was going to be famous, along with his brother (who I didn't meet). Mancini often featured him on improvised solos. Man, could he blow! I just occurred to me that I have no Brecker albums. Think I'll look around.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2016 at 9:54am

What an experience to have helped out Mancini!  That's a great story.  Speaking of Randy Brecker, I have several albums by his brother Michael.  I've always been a fan of his playing as well. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2016 at 7:09am
Thnks for the info, Carl. As it turns out, when I was in college (IU), Mancini brought a few musicians with him, but mostly used pickups from the school of music, including my trombone playing roommate and trumpeter Randy Brecker. Randy became famous, my roomy less so, although he was the jazz director at Ill. Wesleyan Univ (Normal) for many years.
Anyway, I was the "band boy" for the Mancini band while he toured the midwest for about 10 days. This was 1966 (whew!). Quite an experience. Mancini was a nice man, although he constantly cheated on his wife. I can't remember if Ronny Lang was with him at the time.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2016 at 7:46pm

Randy, I totally understand that Gato is not everyone's taste.  Yeah, he can be pretty wild and raucous.  In that respect, I think it's his uncompromising passion that draws me in. 

Paul Desmond?  Yes!  A great saxophonist who defines the whole genre of west coast cool jazz. 

Another favorite of mine is Ronny Lang.  He was a member of Les Brown's band.  Lang organized and led a few small groups throughout his career but earned his fame in the industry as a highly sought-after studio musician. 

He can be heard as a featured soloist on seemingly countless albums by Henry Mancini and also on television theme songs and movie soundtracks.  Composer Bernard Herrmann used him for the soundtrack music for the 1976 movie "Taxi Driver."

I own the following CD of Ronny Lang which I highly recommend:  Basie Street

Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2016 at 7:36am

Gato was a wee bit far out for my tastes. I'm more of a Paul Desmond guy. But, R.I.P. (if an atheist can say that).


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