Listening Review 2- Chicago Style Jazz

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Dixieland, ragtime styles, and even a “big band.” Timing break down, chorus by chorus 00:00 No introduction, the band jumps right into the first chorus with piano, brass instruments, drums, and no vocals. 00:49 Ash and the orchestra continue with a syncopated rhythm which is a bit bouncy, but consistent. Snare drums are going off at this point to give a sense of excitement 01:30 The orchestra sticks with a percussive rhythm without a sense of any improv- all of the instruments are participating at this time- tuba and drums are prominent and acts like a leader of the band. 01:50 Ash comes in with vocals talking about how his partner should know that he loves her 02:27 Instrumental section again for last chorus. Ash has no apparent solos in tis piece,
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but obvious piano, trumpet, sax, what sounds like hand symbols, drums, and the tuba are distinct on this track. The rhythm stays pretty consistent throughout the song except for the vocal bit when the instruments cut back a little to showcase the vocals. 03:16 Song ends abruptly. My personal reaction Something interesting I found out about Paul Ash is that many up-and-coming jazz musicians and entertainers passed through Ash's orchestras including Benny Goodman, Danny Polo, Glenn Miller, Red Norvo, Helen Kane and Martha Raye. I really like this type of music. It makes me feel like I am watching an old black and white movie with no sound, and having to create a story line of my own. I automatically picture Charlie Chaplin doing some silly walk down a cobblestone street, or a male and female dancing in a studio with canes and top hats. I really enjoyed this music. It’s peppy and has a great energy.
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  • Spring '12
  • Carr
  • Music, Paul Ash, leader Paul Ash

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