For example, the song at times changes from a quiet saxophone soli, to a loud shout chorus, to a uniquely created improvised solo. The second track on this album—“Love Theme from Hair”—is my favorite on the CD. I like this song because it is a soft ballad that is simplistically happy. Mike Vax delves into this tune and explores range, melody and emotion as the featured soloist. This song is not a standard or an original, but it holds a special place in my jazz repertoire.
Later, the strings came in as an accompanying section along with the guitar playing chords. After the English horn finished the melodic solo, Mr. Williams played the melodic line, which is almost identical to that of the English horn. Mr. Williams’s solo was very melancholic, yet uplifting. Both the soloist and the orchestra were very sensitive to harmonic changes and drama during the movement. The cadenza was very impressive musically and technically.
MUS 250 Music Appreciation Concert Evaluation Form Name of Student: Ruochen Wang Featured Artist(s) or Group(s): Purdue Bands & Orchestras Genre of Music: ___Orchestra____ (e.g. classical, country, jazz, etc.) Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and bass Date of Concert: Saturday, November 23 Location of Concert: __West Lafayette, IN__ (city, state) Venue of Concert: _________Playhouse, concert hall_____ (e.g. concert hall, outdoors, etc.) Quality of the Sound: ______Excellent_________________________(Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor) Comment: The Loeb Playhouse is wonderful.
First touch to Latin Jazz Music is a kind of indispensable element of people’s day-to-day life. Music is not only a pastime or an expression of art; more significantly, it also conveys musicians’ spiritual world. Unlike the pop songs that we hear in our iPods, the live band gave me a new concept about Jazz music. It seems that jazz is less relevant to our daily life and I have never heart live Latin jazz concert before; however, I got a heart attack since I had my first close contact with such a type of music. What impressed me primarily was its combination of instruments.
One of Jazz's greatest weapons for success is improvization. Improvization is the act of composing and playing at the same time (such as freestlying). This technique gave the soloist the chance to portray his/her inner emotion with chosen instrument, As microscoptic as the ideal sounds thr affect on listeners was tremendious. Listeners were now able to relate to the muscians that they admired. Improvization was so original that the musicains that mastered the technique were classafied as there own genre.
This has been made possible thanks to good music, excellent actors and an unpredictable story. While watching the movie Casablanca, I really enjoyed the different types of music. The music was nice because it shows all kinds of languages and sounds. For example, in one of the flashback scenes in Paris, Rick and Ilsa dance to Rhythm of Perfidia by the Mexican composer Alberto Domínguez. Also another scene from the movie, which was characterized by music and that definitely impressed me, was when Laszlo begins singing followed by many people, La Marsellesa, the French national anthem, even before the occupation of the country.
The musician that caught my eye was the saxophonist. He put on a show for the audience and really left you up beat and ready to dance. The key board and drummer were somewhat to themselves, but they all contributed to the overall sound of the band. I got most in to the song “Sway” because it was one that I knew and I could really feel the beat and it definitely had my head nodding. The cultural aspect of the band was just as I imagined.
The second piece played was “Summertime”, and it was jazzy with a very smooth sound. It also sounded very familiar to me. In this piece the trombones were harmonizing beautifully. The last piece played by the first group was called “Finale from the ‘William Tell Overture’”. This song was very popular, and it is also very popular.
The soloing instruments seem to be the tenor saxophone, piano, trumpet (sometimes muted), and more saxophones. Some of the instruments used in this recording include trumpets, trombones, tenor/alto saxophones, clarinet, piano, and drums. A popular technique created that is still used today is to use a toilet plunger as a mute at the end of your brass horn which creates a unique and muffled jazzy tone. The band plays a bunch of different riffs that function as themes or as accompaniment material for soloists. This leads to an extremely popular technique; the call and response.
Bernstein uses 3-beat ostinato to set a breathy and excited mood. Jazz Harmonies, Syncopated Rhythm & Tritone are all used in this piece. ‘Something’s coming’ has a jazz harmony. The chords in this piece have blue notes, this creates a swingy, jazzy feel to the piece and makes the piece a happy, up beat song. The piece is bitonal in places.