Listening Review 6- Avant Garde Jazz

Drums lead the way keep the rhythm and offer a

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Drums lead the way- keep the rhythm and offer a constant beat 01:09 Back ground vocals chime in for the chorus- gives an energetic feel to the music- snare drum solo 01:28 BASS! The base in this song is most prominent here- collaborates perfectly with the trumpet, drums, piano, and guitars 02:16 Wonder begins to scat along with the full band jam 02:27 Background vocals begin to adlib, harmonizing with Stevie, flirting with the audience and band members- adds beautiful texture to the song 03:27 Bass solo, accompanied by snare drum, bass drum, and scatting by Stevie and background vocals. Brass instruments influence the jam. 04:01 Song ends after the drums have a little solo accompanied by the bass guitar and
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piano. Super funky from start to end! Stevie gets the crowd going and continues the energy throughout the song. My personal reaction Stevie's music has always shown some jazz influence and on this version of "Higher Ground" it bubbles to the surface. A strong, walking bass line forms the backdrop to a powerful vocal melody and sharp-edged backing vocals. I have not only a great love for Stevie’s music, but an admiration for the obstacles he has overcome in his life. I consider him to be one of the world’s greatest artists and an absolute musical phenomenon. He has pioneered the way for other jazz musicians and has created a HUGE fan base due to his ability and desire to collaborate with modern artists. I just LOVE this song. I have heard it a hundred times, but every time it makes me want to get up and dance (which I often do). I love the funky sounds, the contagious beats, and of course- the angelic vocals of Stevie Wonder.
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  • Spring '12
  • Carr
  • Music, Funk, Herbie Hancock, Drum kit

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