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Sir Duke

Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke

 

Stevie Wonder's irresistible ode to jazz, explained

Stevie Wonder is one of the most widely celebrated artists in history. His music is infectious, melodic, and thoughtfully inspired by the jazz musicians who came before him. In his legendary song "Sir Duke," Stevie paid homage to the late Duke Ellington and his other predecessors.

Jacob Collier is a rising star in his own right and is Stevie Wonder's self-proclaimed greatest fan. Here, he breaks down the jazz influences and syncopations Stevie uses to create the magic that is "Sir Duke."

The Garden

Brad Mehldau's "The Garden," from his album Finding Gabriel, due May 17, 2019.

 

Becca Stevens: voice

Gabriel Kahane: voice

Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet, solo

Michael Thomas: flute, alto sax

Charles Pillow: soprano sax, alto sax, bass clarinet

Joel Frahm: tenor sax

Chris Cheek: tenor sax, baritone sax

Brad Mehldau: OB-6 Polyphonic synthesizer, Therevox, Moog Little Phatty synthesizer, Steinway C grand piano, voice

Mark Guiliana: drums

 

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Artwork by Dima Drjuchin

Animated by Robert Edridge-Waks

João Barradas - Home

Do Shifter:

Já não se pode dizer que João Barradas seja um novo nome no panorama do jazz português. Começou a tocar acordeão aos 6 anos, fez-se coleccionador de prémios desde os 9 e nestes últimos dois anos editou dois discos: Directions em 2016, e An End as a New Beginning num projecto chamado Home, lançado em Outubro do ano passado. Aos 25 anos, é considerado um dos mais importantes acordeonistas do mundo na actualidade, transportando o seu instrumento para contextos em que não estamos acostumados a ouvi-lo.

Joey Alexander NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Nov. 30, 2018 | Lauren Onkey -- When a baby grand piano rolls into the office for a Tiny Desk concert, you expect something special. But none of us could have imagined what it's like to see 15-year old Joey Alexander play that piano with such mastery. The thing is, when you see him play live, you quickly forget his age and get lost in the intense focus of his performance. Alexander and his stellar supporting cast — Reuben Rogers on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums — form a tight trio, locking eyes as Alexander's compositions unfold. The relaxed, seasoned veterans looked thrilled to be playing with Alexander at the Tiny Desk, and he was clearly inspired playing with them. The crowd was both mesmerized and humbled by the memories of what they were doing at 15.

Born in Indonesia, Alexander learned to play by listening to his father's jazz albums. When he was just 10-years old, Wynton Marsalis invited him to play at a Jazz at Lincoln Center gala, and the young Alexander set the jazz world buzzing. He made his mark covering classics by Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, but he's now recording and performing more of his own compositions. He showcased that original work during his Tiny Desk performance. Alexander's vigorously rhythmic playing was playful in the opening "Eclipse" (from his latest album of the same name), which he described as "spontaneous playing." "Bali," also from Eclipse, followed, while "City Lights" (from his 2016 album Countdown) closed a set that ranks among the year's finest jazz performances at the Tiny Desk.

Set List
"Eclipse"
"Bali"
"City Lights"

Credits
Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kaylee Domzalski, Bronson Arcuri; Editor: Kaylee Domzalski; Production Assistant: Brie Martin; Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR

Blue Rondo à la Turk

Aos domingos à meia-noite, Filipe Melo convida alguém extraordinário para uma conversa, com muita música pelo meio. Para concluir, um mini concerto de duas músicas, uma escolhida pelo anfitrião, outra pelo convidado. Este episódio tem como convidado Alexandre Frazão, baterista brasileiro conhecido pelas suas colaborações com Mário Laginha, Bernardo Sassetti, Resistência, Trio TGB, Tim Tim por Tim Tum ou Led On, de tributo aos Led Zeppelin Com Alexandre Frazão, Filipe Melo fez uma versão de "Blue Rondo à la Turk", original de The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Come Together

Aos domingos à meia-noite, Filipe Melo convida alguém extraordinário para uma conversa, com muita música pelo meio. Para concluir, um mini concerto de duas músicas, uma escolhida pelo anfitrião, outra pelo convidado. Este episódio tem como convidado o compositor e contrabaixista Carlos Barretto. Barretto mantém vários projetos musicais, como o Quarteto Carlos Barreto, o projecto Lokomotiv, as suas atuações a solo, e o projeto Solo Pictórico em que incorpora música e pintura. Com Carlos Barretto, fez uma versão de "Come Together", dos Beatles.

Danny Boy

Aos domingos à meia-noite, Filipe Melo convida alguém extraordinário para uma conversa, com muita música pelo meio. Para concluir, um mini concerto de duas músicas, uma escolhida pelo anfitrião, outra pelo convidado. Este episódio tem como convidada Nádia Schilling. Natural das Caldas da Rainha, Nádia cresceu com o movimento de rock alternativo que popularizou a cidade na década de 1990. Estudou Arquitectura Paisagista e frequentou o Conservatório de Música onde estudou guitarra e técnica vocal. Em 2017, editou o primeiro disco a solo, Above the Trees. Com Nádia Schilling, fez uma versão de "Danny Boy", de Frederic Weatherly.

Compared to What

Les McCann's trio with guests Eddie Harris on saxophone and Benny Bailey on trumpet play the soul-jazz classic (and pop hit) "Compared to What" live in 1969 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

I love the lie and lie the love
A-Hangin' on, with push and shove
Possession is the motivation
that is hangin' up the God-damn nation
Looks like we always end up in a rut (everybody now!)
Tryin' to make it real, compared to what? C'mon baby!

 

Slaughterhouse is killin' hogs
Twisted children killin' frogs
Poor dumb rednecks rollin' logs
Tired old lady kissin' dogs
I hate the human love of that stinking mutt (I can't use it!)
Try to make it real, compared to what? C'mon baby now!

 

The President, he's got his war
Folks don't know just what it's for
Nobody gives us rhyme or reason
Have one doubt, they call it treason
We're chicken-feathers, all without one nut. God damn it!
Tryin' to make it real, compared to what? (Sock it to me)

 

Church on Sunday, sleep and nod
Tryin' to duck the wrath of God
Preacher's fillin' us with fright
They all tryin' to teach us what they think is right
They really got to be some kind of nut (I can't use it!)
Tryin' to make it real, compared to what?

 

Where's that bee and where's that honey?
Where's my God and where's my money?
Unreal values, crass distortion
Unwed mothers need abortion
Kind of brings to mind ol' young King Tut (He did it now)
Tried to make it real, compared to what?!