Thursday, May 5, 2016

Discover weekly Classical Music and Jazz on Spotify

If you use Spotify, you probably will see endorsements for “Discover Weekly”, a list of suggestions based on your personal listening behavior. But, as you can read in the comments here, it works quite wel if you’re a hip hop, house or indie fan, but the suggestions almost never include Classical Music or Jazz! Even if you play them those tracks than popmusic. So, as an antidote, here are a couple of Classical and Jazz tracks:

April 12th this year violinist Alan Loveday died, 88 years old. For me, his 1970, playful (recorded under the influence of alcohol!) version of Vivaldi’s 4 seasons with Neville Marriner as conductor is still the best version around. In 1967, Leonard Bernstein recorded George Gershwin’s cross-over with Jazz Rhapsody in Blue with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra which make a nice bridge to John Coltrane’s finest album Giant Steps from 1959. Last on the list is the Polish Jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert. searching for Jazz violinists a couple of months ago I stumbled on this name and his 1976 album Man of light has been on my playlist many times since. Zappaesque Jazz with some of the finest musicians of that period. Sad to find out Seifert died very young in 1979
Wonderful though to have his legacy on Spotify. 


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Four Seasons Quattro Stagioni
Violin concerto’s op 8 1 to 4
-Spring in E major
-Summer in g minor
-Autumn in F Major
-Winter in f minor
Alan Loveday, violin
Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Neville Marriner, conductor

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
-Rhapsody in Blue
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor

John Coltrane (1926-1967) - Giant Steps
-Giant Steps
-Cousin Mary
-Countdown
-Spiral
-Syeeda’s Song Flute
-Naima
-Mr. P. C.
Saxophone - John Coltrane
Bass - Paul Chambers
Drums - Art Taylor, Jimmy Cobb
Piano - Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly

Zbigniew Seifert (1946-1979) - Man of Light
-City Of Spring
-Man Of The Light
-Stillness
-Turbulent Plover
-Love In The Garden
-Coral
Violin - Zbigniew Seifert 
Bass - Cecil McBee
Drums - Billy Hart
Jasper van 't Hoff - Electric Piano, Organ
Piano - Joachim Kühn





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