Sunday, September 25, 2016

Supporting References For Friday's Dinner Conversation

A few musical and related topics discussed over dinner with a delightful group of people this past Friday.



Robert Johnson


Melt Banana

A Tribe Called Red
Wikipedia Article
Official Website -- Be sure to check the videos page!

Steely Dan
Not jazz fusion, in my opinion, but you could make that case.  In some ways, it is prog-rock and pop songwriting taken to a weird, highly produced extreme that happens to include some jazz elements.  

Jazz Fusion

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll by Elijah Wald
Move from swing and dancing to solo performance in jazz, among other things I wrote about the book in my blog, http://oldmixtapes.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-just-finished-how-beatles-destroyed.html  
The book at BN  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-the-beatles-destroyed-rock-n-roll-elijah-wald/1111444539?ean=9780199756971

Miles Davis

BeBop
One of many types of jazz played by Miles Davis.

Blues
See also, Robert Johnson, among many others.

Kanye West

"Weird Al" Yankovic
The most successful musical parodist in the English language, probably of all time, he is also an extremely talented musician, songwriter and bandleader in his own right.  He is also smarter, funnier, and more principled than you might expect.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic

Tanya Tagaq

Country Rock  Forged in the 1960's, if you are my age you probably associate it with records from the 1970's and 1980's by The Eagles and Alabama.  In the 21st Century a lot of the rock elements that made those records notable are simply accepted as "country."

Country Rap   So far as I'm concerned, the country music world needs to do a lot more than make a few novelty records with hip-hop elements if they want to prove they aren't part of the problem when in comes to racism. 

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