Add Herbie Hancock and leave out Charlie Parker??? Not gon' happen.Originally Posted by GoodRain
this is a hell of poll for a Black web site full of conscious people!
First of all, I’m wondering why you got a white boy in this list?
Jazz is a music of Black knowledge and creativity at it’s highest level, and not a popularity contest. It’s like asking what’s your favorite religion.
Originally Posted by Sun Ship
And fresh foods aid a healthy lifestyle, but I love me some sweet potatoes! Just trippin', but for real...Jazz is all that you said it is, but why couldn't you decide which musicians art touches you the most? I can't equate it to religion, but I can equate it to literature. There are a million writers, and hundreds of GREAT writers, but each has a different style, and each touches you in a different, sometimes more personal way. Then again, to use the religion analogy, you CAN decide which religion you relate to the most. I can't get with Christianity, but I feel the NTR of KMT has become a part of me. As far as jazz, I say Herbie Hancock because he has music that fits just about every mood/feeling I can experience. It's like the soundtrack to life. Coltrane and Miles...yeah, I love them too, but Herbie is my favorite.
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I'd have to say Art Blakey. There are so many awsome jazz musicians tho....Bird, Train, Parker, Sanders, Shorter.
I remember a quote by Miles where he said, "If I had an hour to live I would spend it choking a white man" LoooooooooooooooL!!!!!!!!!
and perhaps one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time:
The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
some artists who touch my spirit especially:
Alice Coltrane (pure genius, absolute beauty)
Thelonius Monk (now that's cool)
Yusef Lateef (often slept on but most lovely-- he makes the flute Black)
Billie Holiday (i knew i was grown when i overstood Billie)
Fela Kuti (i adore this man entirely too much)
Miles Davis, of course. esp albums Bitches Brew and My Funny Valentine, and for his too real for yt attitude.
John Coltrane: the album Naima and the track Alabama (in honor of the 4 Little Girls murdered) are in my blood memory
Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jones ( have you really LISTENED to Winter in America??!!)
Nina Simone (the ultimate Black diva, i am forever a mere student to her graces)
Cassandra Wilson, her tribute album to Miles Davis: Traveling Miles is my favorite
Meshell Ndegecello's Dance of the Infidels, wow, real collective artistry
justice for Ayiti!!!
It’s all Love, I think when I saw that white boy, “oh Chucky boy” in the list, it sort of got to me a little…
Also the Jazz critics use to play this control game with the Downbeat Poll and the fake-ass Playboy poll, I just have a lot of problems with polls who ask who’s your favorite or who are the best. Every one of the greats brought something great to the Black musical language. But Chuck Mangione?? Hell NO!!…LOL
Well let just name some of the great innovators who influenced me, we got Charlie “Bird” Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, James Moody, Jackie McLean, and John Coltrane.
Then here are those who are just bad cats, on sax we still got Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Odeon Pope, Dewey Redman (Joshua Redman’s father), Gene “Brother Jug” Ammons, Billy Harper, Joe Henderson, Frank Wright, Dexter Gordon, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Johnny Griffin, Ricky Ford ,and Carlos Ward, just to name a few.
For trumpet players we got to name, Kenny Durham, Clifford Brown, Fats Navarro, Booker Little, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Lester Bowie, just to name a few.
And of those before named solo greats, they could not have been bad as hell without a rhythm section, like bass players such as Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison and Ron Carter (there’s a bad cut of Ron Carter playing with this African-French Rapper), just to name a few.
Then on piano, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Abdullah Ibrahim, Eddie Palmieri, Andrew Hill, Danilo Perez, John Hicks, and Hilton Ruiz, just to name a few.
The great vocalist, Joe Williams, Billie Holiday (this is my baby...), Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter, Carmen McCrae, King Pleasure, Johnny Hartman, Eddie Jefferson, Leon Thomas, Abbey Lincoln, Bobby McFerrin, Jon Hendricks, Nat King Cole, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Kevin Mahogany, to name a few.
Drums bad-ass Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, Ed Thigpen, Ed Blackwell, and Ted Cushin, just to name a few.
Percussionist, Chano Pozo, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, Carlos “Patato” Valdez, Airto, Dom Um Romao, Nana Vasconsuelo and Daniel Ponce, just to name few.
The avant garde progressives, Arthur Blythe, Julius Hemphill, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, David Murray, Hammett Bluiet, Frank Lowe, Joe Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Don Pullen, Geri Allen, Cecil Taylor, and Sam Rivers, Just to name a few.
Now the Young Lions of the music, Russell Gunn, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, Vincent Herring, Wallace Roney, and Gregory Tardy, just to name a few.
To love this music is to know this music…this is our story. White folks are stealing this one also, because of our ignorance and complacency.
I know everybody got some of this in their collection:
Also get any early Herbie Hancock or anything with Herbie playing acoustic piano...check out the Herbie Hancock VSOP recordings.
Brother Sun Ship
my guys is not on the list
I saw a dead bird flyin through a broken sky
Wish I could flap wings and fly away
To where black kings and Ghana stay
So I could get on my flesh right away
But that'll be the day when it's peace
When my gat don't need to spray
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There is no way I could ever confine my choice to one overall artist
I could try to give you my favorite artist on each particular instrument
I don't go back as far as some cats here though. So some of my choices might be a little more contemporary
On Guitar: George Benson; Stanley Jordan; Jonathon Butler
Bass: Stanley Clarke
On Flute: Dave Valentin
On Piano: Ramsey Lewis (I have only begun to hear Monk and Oscar Peterson)
On the horn: Gotta be Miles first. But I like Tom Brown too. I have only heard "Night in Tunisia", but I am digging Dizzy's vibe on that. Love that song
Sax: Trane of course. But it's hard not to take Bird. He was like Magic and Trane was like Jordan. I always liked Magic's style over Jordan's. But how can I ignore Giant Steps?? Trane. Bird. Trane. Bird. Trane. Bird
this could go on all day
Grover was my favorite growing up. George Howard too
I wish I could tell the tenors form the altos. i would break it down further
I think Dianne Reeves is my favorite jazz vocalist. But Al Jarreau is no slouch
either. Nor is Angela Bofill or even Sade. You can throw Chaka and Anita on that pile while you're at it. R&B sides be damned
Let me just add that there is a ton of jazz music i have heard, but have no clue who was playing it. I've heard bits and pieces of all most of the artist named here. But not alot
I also believe in giving...so I give with no strings
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I just listened to "Naima" with a friend earlier today. Definitely going to go with Coltrane as my favorite. Although Thelonious Monk was a must when I was growing up.
I still realize that my knowledge of jazz is sorely lacking.
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