Hey, my name is Stephen Kaplan, I'm a senior in high school and I love music. My friends get mad at me for always showing them new bands, so I decided to just make a blog about it. Every week I'll review a new album and post a link to a youtube video of my favorite song from it. Hope you enjoy.
So, I've been asked to do a post about my favorite jazz songs. I'm going to limit myself to 13 songs, hopefully covering my favorite genres. I play violin in my school's top jazz band and I'm hopefully auditioning for all state jazz, so I really love this stuff.
Song 1. Minor Swing - Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpmOTGungnA I can't say enough about this song. Hot Club is by far my favorite kind of jazz, maybe just because Grappelli is my god. But regardless how can you not love it?
Song 2. Giant Steps - John Coltrane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZRnkBK_0no John Coltrane. John Coltrane. John Col-motherfucking-trane. That's all that needs to be said about this. and that the video is super cool.
Song 4. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnurVNkg62Q Now this is a cat that swung. I would be scared to take that train because it would swing too much. (sorry, that was a bad joke...)
Song 5. Something's Gotta Give - Ella Fitzgerald http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8WwidVKGo I found out how amazing Ella Fitz is on a plane ride by myself this summer. I listened to her for 6 or 7 hours. Gotta love that voice.
Song 8. Chameleon - Herbie Hancock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsSQRWMhOs We played this song in Jazz band this year and it may be the funkiest thing I've ever played. The build up takes a while but stay with it. It's amazing.
Song 9. Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GuDExkBmnU Pops man, he could blow. I also really love this song. He's playing it slower than I've ever heard anyone play it but it's amazing.
Song 10. Take Five - Dave Brubeck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwNrmYRiX_o The coolest thing about this song in my opinion is that it's in 5/4 time, which makes the solo even more impressive. If you don't know what 5/4 time is, look it up...
Song 12. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JEdf7XsV5g I almost completely forgot about latin jazz. Here's the classic cuban jazz group Buena Vista Social Club doing what they do best.
It's monday, and usually I'm down on Mondays, but today's a funky day. So with out further ado i give you Give Up The Funk (Tear the roof off this mother sucka)
May the funk be with you.
Well, it's Saturday, which means it's time for a new album.
Recently I've gotten very into Afrobeat. I love the horn section, and the funky rhythms but more than anything what I love about Afrobeat is the layers of groove that work perfectly. One of my favorite artists in Afrobeat is this weeks album artist, Fanga. I don't know much about them other that they're a funky bunch of dudes who released the album Natural Juice with some of my favorite Afrobeat songs on it.
My first favorite song on the album is the first song on the album, Crache La Douleur (Feat. Tony Allen) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ1Tb--pzUojust listen to that brass section and you'll know why.
After that is Kononi (Feat. Kady Diara) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5jI9ZmwI0M this is a chiller song than crache la douleur, but it's still awesome. The other amazing thing is the flow that this album has. All of the songs lead into the other, so it's really nice to just put on and chill out to.
Ok, I'll give you one more song off the album, Iba http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWXIggS6Ok is pretty sweet too, but actually, this is an album to be listened to the whole way through.
Alright, that's all for today, make sure to check in tomorrow for the song of the day. Keep on listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen Kaplan
Here's a new segment that I'm gonna do. Album of the week will still be around but this is something little and extra. I hope you enjoy.
Well, it's Friday, and that means it's time for party music. That leaves room for a lot of different stuff, but the song for today is gonna be some Euro-pop. Allez Olla Ole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX2pxtkhx-M by french euro-pop artist Jesse Matador is perfect for Friday. It's catchy, it moves fast with a driving bass and it's just happy music. Hope you enjoy, and come back tomorrow for this weeks album. Keep listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen
VII. Oyimbo (live)- Femi Kuti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3VADO7mwnI Fela's son Femi Kuti does some awesome Afro beat here, I love the horn section, awesome groove, and he starts out the song singing do re mi fa and so on. Cool stuff.
That's all for today, I have to go to school. Keep on listening to music and expanding your knowledge. Stephen