Listening Review 3- Swing Era Jazz

This song has a rhythmic section that sounds like a

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This song has a rhythmic section that sounds like a single unit, the instruments and players blend really well together. Timing break down, chorus by chorus 00:00 Piano introduction 00:06 The band jumps right into the first chorus with all instruments: piano, guitar, brass instruments, drums, but no vocals. 00:24 Trumpet solo 00:49 Sax solo accompanied by trumpet and piano- the rest of the band incorporates 01:05 The “big band” sticks with a percussive rhythm without a sense of any improv- all of the instruments are participating at this time- brass is prominent- drums acting as leader of the band
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01:18 Piano solo 01:30 Piano and bass duet- lovely- sense of excitement 02:27 Duet ends and prepares for last chorus. Ash has no apparent solos in this piece, but obvious piano, trumpet, and saxophone, what sounds like hand symbols or snares, drums, BASS, and guitar are distinct on this track. The rhythm stays pretty consistent throughout the song, but there is a sense of improvisation that is really fun and upbeat 03:32 Song ends abruptly. My personal reaction I really love swing music. This song is really fun, upbeat, and gives off a lot of great energy. Each instrument’s participation in this piece is clear, precise, and works really well with the rest of the band. This kind of music makes me want to get up and dance. Even while I was writing this review, I was tapping my foot and bobbing my head. I think this song is a perfect example of what traditional swing/big band is all about. The short little solos in this song are really intriguing and get the audience interested in what’s happening, and what’s about to happen in the rhythm of the music.
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  • Spring '12
  • Carr
  • Music, Count Basie, Taryn O’Flynn- Jazz, History- Listening Review, drummer Jo Jones, duet- lovely- sense, traditional swing/big band

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