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Trumpeters:Kenny Wheeler Roy Hargrove Dave DouglasWynton Marsalis Terrell Stafford Tim Hagans Jim Rotundi Tom HarrellTrombonists:Conrad Herwig Ray Anderson Robin Eubanks Wycliffe GordonDrummers:Peter Erskine Bill Stewart Jack DeJohnnette Brian Blade Jeff "Tain" Watts, Samantha Ramkhelawan Vocalists:Cassandra Wilson Kurt Elling Big Bands (playing modern, newly composed jazz music and "repertory" music - historical reproductions of well-known big band music)Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Maria Schneider Orchestra Chicago Jazz Orchestra Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge Fusion Groups:Chick Corea Elektrik Band Bela Fleck and the Flecktones The Yellowjackets Pat Metheny Group
"Waterfalls" - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Written by Wynton Marsalis, this 1984 version of the Jazz Messengers featured trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his brother Branford on alto saxophone. In the Hard Bop tradition of the Blakey groups, this group is made up of amazingly talented young jazz musicians and is very exciting to listen to. This group brought the Marsalis brothers to fame and recognition in the jazz scene. They have since gone on to be important artists and spokesman for jazz in the modern world.Total running time - 0:00[ download at eMusic| listen to song ]"Four on Six " - John Abercrombie and John Scofield Here are two of the best modern jazz guitarists playing a Wes Montgomery classic, Four on Six. Listen to their version, played at a faster tempo and with a latin beat, compared to your audio example of the Wes version. Listen to these two masters pay tribute to the Wes Montgomery guitar tradition while bringing their own individual concepts and mastery to their improvisations.Total running time - 0:00[ download at eMusic| listen to song ]"Explosion" - Eric Alexander. Eric Alexander is one of the young tenor saxophonists making a mark on the jazz scene today. Explosion is one of his original compositions, and features trumpeter Jim Rotundi, and Charles Earland on the Hammond B3 organ. Eric uses influences from the organ trio tradition and hard bop tradition along with his modern improvisational concepts in this performance.Total running time - 0:00[ download at eMusic| listen to song ]"Famous Players " - Dave Douglas. Trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas takes inspiration from many different styles of music in his compositions. "Famous Players" uses electronic instruments and influences from the 70's jazz fusion style to create his modern take on that tradition. Douglas is one of the most creative and exploratory jazz artists today.Total running time - 0:00[ download at eMusic| listen to song ]"Summit Music" - Dave Douglas. Here is Dave Douglas in an entirely different setting. Summit Musicis his composition, featuring an acoustic ensemble made up of bass clarinet, cello, drums and tuba. From his CD Mountain Passages, a collection of his compositions which were inspired by a gig Douglas had played at 9,000 feet altitude in Italy's Dolomite range This is a modern example of compositions which paint a picture, similar to some of the Duke Ellington "portraits".