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THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (‘BOTB’)
Alright, let’s get on it...
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
My November 1st BOTB installment was one I'd wanted to do since Day One of the BOTB blogfest. I put it off so long ONLY because I was hoping someone would come along at YouTube and create a better video for the Richie Cole instrumental 'IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU'.
Today's BOTB blog bit is one I've wanted to put together for just as long as the last one. In this case, I held off because I was afraid that pitting two lengthy instrumental Jazz tracks against each other would scare off a lot of voters for good. I'm aware that a lot of people "believe" they do not like Jazz, and I didn't want voters to think long instrumental Jazz compositions would be a regular feature in my future "Battles". I now feel, however, that the BOTB blogfest is sufficiently established so that even if a majority of voters dislike today's offering it won't keep them from returning again to vote on my next "Battle" come December 1st.
I wrote above that a lot of people "believe" they don't like Jazz, and I think that's because a lot of people have a misconception about what Jazz iz or can be. For that reason, I put together a little lesson in 'JAZZ 101' a few days back. If you missed it and are interested in getting a good idea of just how much musical diversity can be found under the label of "Jazz", you can check it out by clicking HERE.
But for those of you who feel you're ready to tackle a monumental Jazz "Battle" right now... here we go...
EDDIE HARRIS was a well known and very innovative Jazz musician who had his hand in a number of projects. You can read about him HERE, if you'd like. The following excerpts come from that Wackypedia page:
Eddie Harris was an American jazz musician, best known for playing tenor saxophone and for introducing the electrically amplified saxophone. He was also fluent on the electric piano and organ. His best-known compositions are "Freedom Jazz Dance", recorded and popularized by Miles Davis in 1966, and "Listen Here."
His first album for Vee Jay, 'Exodus to Jazz', included his own jazz arrangement of Ernest Gold's theme from the movie 'Exodus'. A shortened version of this track, which featured his masterful playing in the upper register of the tenor saxophone, was heavily played on radio and became the first jazz record ever to be certified gold.
He had moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and was responsible for much of the music on the hit TV series, 'The Bill Cosby Show'.
In that 'Jazz 101' lesson I mentioned above, I recommended a 2-CD set of 30 Classic Jazz tracks. Track 11 on Disc 1 happens to be Eddie's very catchy 2-minute recording of 'EXODUS'.
But today, we are using the aforementioned 'LISTEN HERE' in a "Battle" against a cover version recorded by one of Eddie's really big fans.
First, the original, released in 1968:
'LISTEN HERE' by Eddie Harris
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
In 1969, BRIAN AUGER, a big fan of Eddie Harris' music recorded a version of 'LISTEN HERE' in a Jazz Fusion form (meaning, Jazz with some Rock elements).
Auger used two bass players and four drummers on the track. His band did one rehearsal of the song up to the ensemble drum fill point. Then Auger cut the rehearsal short and they recorded the track in just one take. Eddie Harris later told Brian Auger personally that he thought Auger's recording was the best cover of 'Listen Here' that he'd ever heard. Here's that one-take recording:
'LISTEN HERE' by Brian Auger & The Trinity
.Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome EVERYONE to vote for their favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. (NOTE: Comment Moderation is activated. All submitted comments that do not transgress "Ye Olde Comment Policy" will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.)
After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to the blogs of the other 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' participants to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogsto
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' by clicking HERE.
@ ‘CREATIVE OUTLET OF STRATPLAYER’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.