Great idea! I'm an old rock and roller. but I like blues and jazz a great deal. I always loved the sax in the American rock from the late 50's into the 60s. After the British Invasion, it seemed to fall out of favore (except for the Dave Clark 5). I started becoming more aware of jazz in college, and after graduation I moved to San Diego for a time. One day in a record store I decided to eschew the rock section and bought a Della Reese album (on Strings of Blue) and a 3 LP album called The Saxophone (Impulse! - ASH-9253-3). Loved them both and started exploring from there.
My new list, and my offering for your listening and dancing pleasure, starts with two by my favorite ever tenor, Coleman Hawkins. Then I duplicate most of the tracks I like from the above mentioned 3 record album, ending with Encontros by Gato Barbieri, my favorite living tenor. Then I jump into a mish mash of tunes I like. The list isn't huge, but I'll probably add to it.
Here's some of my jazz favorites. I'm a better (less atrocious) clarinet player than I am a saxophone player, which would explain my gravitation towards Goodman-esque early big band. Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
Call it whatever you want; spiritual, free, modal, fire music, post-bop, fusion, black classical...yeah, that. I've slowly been putting together this constantly growing 40+ hour playlist for a year or so comprised mostly of material beginning from the late 50's through mid 70's made up from some of the more creative corners of the jazz universe with some canon touchstones mixed in. This used to be a sequenced mix, but as Spotify overlords giveth, so Spotify overlords taketh away tracks, so I just started adding as I went along with the thought of hitting shuffle and creating a new listening experience every time I started it. Hope someone gets some enjoyment out of it and gets to hear something new.
All along I wanted Monger No. 1 to have an international flavor. Something like a U.N. Jazz Ensemble. The first "edition" didn't come close and it isn't there yet. But now the playlist clocks in at 3 hours long and it is moving in the right direction.
My desire to go global is not dissatisfaction with the parochial but a curiosity about the distant. Astronomers search for distant galaxies. The NSA likes to poke through the phone calls of, well, everybody. I search for jazz that I like and put ones that are a good fit in the Monger 1 playlist. Everyone needs a hobby.
These additions are by artists from Sweden, South Africa, Italy, France, Denmark and more. Finding them is almost easy. It does take time. Clues float through the river of Twitter. Carsten Lindholm appeared in the flow and led me into his music and other Scandinavian artists. Treasures can be found in the vast terrain of Spotify. That is where I found Henri Texier, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ulf Wakenius and others. The international jazz day website sponsored by the U.N. pointed me toward artists that were new to me. In the future, maybe the search will come to me.
Wikileaks may release secret government communiques with scintillating details about the jazz preferences of Angela Merkel. U.N. Peacekeepers may be joined by the jazz ensemble from the U.N., the Jazzkeepers, wearing their light blue berets, deployed to the strife-ridden hot spots around the world, bringing people together through music. Broadcast reporters would be at the scene, providing commentary about the situation on the ground as the rhythm section vamped.
Blessed are the peacekeepers, they will be called children of God.
Blessed are the jazz keepers, they will make music for all.