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Some of the many interesting jazz artists performing today have apprenticed with the jazz greats of previous generations, and almost all have studied jazz music in a university or music school setting. All modern jazz artists follow the established jazz tradition of exploring and combining elements of different musical influences together in a jazz context, trying to find a new voice and creating unique musical situations for improvisation to take place.Some very interesting modern jazz music of today is being created by the artists in the followinglists:Guitarists:Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Stryker, Russel Malone, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, John Scofield**Media Link: “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, playing 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.Bassists:Dave Holland, John Pattitucci, Christian McBride, Robert HurstPianists:Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Jow Zawinul, Eliane Elias, Rene Rosnes, Danilo Perez, Geri Allen, Kenny Werner, Brad MeldauSaxophonists:
Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Steve Coleman, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Greg Osby, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, David Sanchez, Walt Weiskopf, Eric Alexander**Media Link: “Village Rhythm” – Joe Lavano. Joe Lavano is one of the great modern saxophonists, here leading a group of all-stars, including trumpeter Tom Harrell, drummer Paul Motian (member of the Bill Evans Trio), pianist Kenny Werner and bassist Marc Johnson. You can hear that this music is based in the jazz tradition, but is also exploratory in the ways the soloists stretch the harmonic and melodic boundaries (using dissonance at times to create tension). This is a good example of creative, original music played at a high level by modern jazz masters.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 DeJohnette, Brian Blade, Jeff “Tain” Watts**Media Link: John Abercrombie with Michael Brecker “Look Around” “Night” “Four on Four” plusJohn Abercrombie Trio “Even Steven”. Here is more of the Village Vanguard concert with John Abercrombie (guitar), Michael Brecker (saxophone), Mark Johnson (bass) and Peter Erskine (drums). This performance by some of the modern jazz masters showcases Abercrombie’s original music, and the improvisatory excellence of these musicians. Even Steven, The Abercrombie composition Four on Four is a tip of the hat to the Wes Montgomery Four on Six (you have heard the original Montgomery version before and can listen to guitarists Abercrombie and John Scofield play their version in your Topic 10 listening material).Vocalists:Cassandra Wilson, Kurt EllingBig 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 SurgeFusion Groups:Chick Corea’s Elektrik Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny Group