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But first, please be sure to visit Holli at 'HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS' and Guilie Castillo at 'QUIET LAUGHTER' and vote on their first ever BOTB installments. Thanks, y'all!
Alright, let’s get on it...
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
'TAKE FIVE' by The Dave Brubeck Quartet is considered a classic amongst classics. One person has said, "It's the 'Stairway To Heaven' of Jazz tunes". Joel Whitburn's 'THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF TOP 40 HITS' says that the Brubeck Quartet was one of America's all-time most popular jazz groups on college campuses. Rock 'N' Roll was all the rage by '61, so it was quite remarkable when this pure Jazz track broke into the Top 40!
'Take Five' is a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out. Recorded ... on July 1, 1959, fully two years later it became an unlikely one-hit wonder and the biggest-selling jazz single ever. Included in numerous movie and television soundtracks, it still receives significant radio play.
Written in the key of E-flat minor, it is known for its distinctive two-chord piano vamp; catchy blues-scale saxophone melody; inventive, jolting drum solo; and use of the unusual quintuple (5/4) time, from which its name is derived.
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
'TAKE FIVE' - THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET (1959)
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
Well, if you're going to put a cover version of an all-time Jazz classic up against the original, you damn-sure better have found something special... and I have.
"Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was an American Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career.
Let's listen as Tito picks up the pace, puts some Latin fire under this tune and smokes it:
'TAKE FIVE' - TITO PUENTE
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 blogs to
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' 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.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THIS BELLE ROCKS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME' by clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'NOVELBREWS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' 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