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Jazz Crossover at Musicon12

The timing of our discussion of jazz crossover in the 1960s couldn’t be better. This last weekend at the joint meeting of the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, and the Society for Ethnomusicology (also known as musicon12), there were numerous presentations that specifically addressed the issues associated with this period. In particular, panels and papers on Soul and presentations from the roundtable, “Fifty Years of Bossa Nova in the United States,” specifically addressed the complexities of teasing apart pop, jazz and rock sensibilities during this period. From a soul music / soul jazz perspective, scholars such as David Brackett, of McGill University, delved into how the music industry used “soul” in descriptions and reviews of records in the early to mid-1960s. “Soul” was associated with “soul jazz” first in such examples as Soul Summit by Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons in 1963.

Charles Kronengold, of Stanford University, discussed how the orchestral and rhythmic approach of bossa nova (especially its tresillo pattern) were translated into easy listening and other “not rock” genres of the mid-1960s, including Dione Warwick. Do you hear the traces of bossa nova and/or jazz in this recording?

All of this just shows how the knowledge about the topics we are covering this week are very much at the cutting edge of the disciplines of music scholarship.


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Storms and Hurricanes

New College will be closed on Monday due to Isaac’s approach. In honor of the impending weather, I have decided to post a few of my favorite jazz recordings about storms, rain, and hurricanes.

Lena Horne, “Stormy Weather” (1943)

This song was Lena Horne’s signature song for decades.

Elis Regina & Tom Jobim, “Águas de Março [Waters of March]” (1974)

Someone in mini-classes asked if we are covering any bossa nova song. Yes, we are indeed, although they will only be covered for one day. Thus, I take advantage of blog posts to expose you to more.

Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim recorded this song in Los Angeles. It continues to be one of the more celebrated of his ouvre, a full 15 years after the bossa nova trend began.

Herbie Hancock / VSOP “Eye of the Hurricane” (1986)

This song was originally on Hancock’s Maiden Voyage (1965), a post-bop album we’ll discuss in the second half of the class.

What are your favorite weather-related jazz songs?



Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, “Hurricane Camile” (1990)

I searched high and low for this recording on YouTube, Grooveshark, and SoundCloud. It turns out that Béla Fleck’s tune is more popular on YouTube as an arrangement for H.S. drum-lines.

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