|music and the martini|
|"marge says she likes jazz, but she thinks Glenn Miller's jazz""marge says she likes jazz, but she thinks Glenn Miller's jazz""marge says she likes jazz, but she thinks Glenn Miller's jazz"|
Thursday, May 20, 2004
sit down. lean back. put the head phones on. take a breath in. here we go.
as previously discussed, the verve//remixed project started in 2002, when 12 talented and super-popular modern djs of the amazing variety were allowed into the verve vaults. what resulted was pure music euphoria. the following year came volume 2: more musical euphoria. coinciding with each release was verve//unmixed, the original unmixed versions of the original jazz songs. but why on earth would one want to remix old jazz songs? verve//remixed producers dahlia ambach caplin and jason olaine explain:
so in what other compositions can jazz influences be found? can other samples and snips of jazz be found in every-day chart music? is it possible, just as an idea, for someone who hates jazz (the horror, the horror) to really like verve//remixed without realising that it's jazz based? essentially, do you think that the idea of remixing and sampling makes an original song (jazz or no jazz) lose its soul?
i recommend it. lock your doors, dim the lights. pour yourself a drink, sit, lay, stand, jump, hop (if jumping or hopping i suggest against red wine). turn on verve//remixed. listen. dance if you want. sing if you want. listen to it in your living room. your bed room. your shower (i recommend against the dancing if you're in the shower - music and the martini cannot be held liable for any damages incurred). tell me what you think.
because of remixing has jazz lost its soul? or has it been given new life?
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
so this site is just amazing, just as is the series, just as is the cd - actually, there's a whole heap of the cds, i just happened to pick up billie cause billie's my girl.
so i just realised that i don't really have that much interesting to say, except for this series is like hot, so hot right now. for example: my post title. strange, huh? well... as it just so happens, this series even went so far as to investigate where the name "JAZZ" comes from - apparantly, around the 1890's in jazz's birth town, new orleans, groups were calling themselves JASS ORCHESTRAS - two possibilities: jass could have refered to an obscure african word meaning 'speed it up'; or it could have refered to the jasmine perfume popular with the hookers, erm, loose women in storyville, the red-light-hot-jass district of the ol' new-o town. however, the jass band folk then realised that if you scratch off the 'j', you're left with ASS, so they changed it to JAZZ.... interesting, huh?
ah well, check the site, the doc, the cd. it's cool. jazz is cool. thank God they changed the name...
otherwise i'd be typing 'ass is cool'.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
my girl billie - one of the absolute best jazz vocalists of all time.... well.... she sang many Many MANY songs that weren't her own, and actually credited none other that mr louis armstrong as a major inspiration - thus her deep, husky and sexy singing voice (in her early years. later it was more attributed to booze and cigarettes). actually - interesting story i heard. now, before billie was anybody, her mommy worked in a brothel. young billie used to go in there simply to listen to the head momma's jazz records. later she ended up working there. but the point of the story is she was absolutely inspired by the greats and their standard songbooks, and she learnt to emulate them... kind of the way jet have done... but not really. but in reference to old mate bublé, he's just singing the best of the old song books... maybe he'll end up going out there and doing his own stuff like norah, who knows. but isn't it a good thing that young people can carry on the tradition? or is tradition something best left to yesterday - could it be seen that with these greats like ella, billie, frank, louis, dizzy, that jazz had reached it's zennith, it's pinnacle, it's absolute perfect dry martini? should it be "quit while you're ahead", or is there always room for a tribute? wow - do you think that one day people will start singing 'tributes' to jet??
and just to clear up any misunderstandings from my tutorial last week - i did not write the last post while i was drunk........................
i was hung-over by that stage and in dire need of a nanny nap.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
so anyhoo, i'm really happy with music and the martini so far. so happy indeed that lola and my martini have started to take over my life. today, for example, all i could think about was my research. entirely in the name of research i was unable to attend my afternoon classes today, and (for research, of course) graced a few of this city's cocktail bars with my presence. and naturally, in the name of research, i was required to sample the offerings at these bars, all while taking in the surrounds and sounds. so my observations: number one: the red room is not, repeat NOT a cocktail bar. my only excuse: it was close. so anyhoo, should one venture into the depths of the university of queensland's on-campus bar, may i suggest sticking to any kind of pre-mixed, pre-bottle, essentially-made-else-where drink... further, please do not take this posting as a recommendation that the musical atmosphere of the red room is in any way endorsed by music and the martini.. lola would not be happy. so my posse and i jumped into the martini-mobile and headed straight to everyone's favourite cellar, the verve lounge...
...found at 109 edward street, beneath metro arts. there we sampled the fantastic and made-to-suit-each-drunk martinis created by chef extraordinare brett munroe.. sadly, however, the music wasn't what we were looking for, so we ventured (staggered) to the garden of eden, utopia, my table at jorge... and how worth it it was! recently jorge released 62 brand spanking new cocktails just perfect for an afternoon of truency/research. so not only was i treated to a perfectly prescribed MOLESTED MARTINI, but my ears were soothed and serenaded by the smooth voices of frank sinatra, norah jones and michael bublé... inbetween my martini and home baked bread with trio of dips i thought, is cocktail culture music like shoes? is it different for different times of the day? or is it like beautiful brown leather paul smith shoes, does it move seamlessly from day into night? this is a question i would have loved to answer, but an afternoon's research had left me, shall we say, in need of a nanny-nap, so it's something i'm going to have to look in to. who knows? maybe i'll have to go out into the field again for more research. damn.
Saturday, May 01, 2004
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004
For the uninitiated, Verve music group was and still is one of the worlds most famous and influential jazz labels, dating all the way back to 1944. Anyway, they're really cool people. Just for kicks, here is their website. Now, in 2002, the lovely people at Verve released an album called Verve//Remixed. What they did was collected 12 classics from their vaults, gave them to 12 of the worlds most popular modern dj's, had them remix the songs, and released the album. It was a smash. In case you don't recognise the cd, think a few years back on tv, there was a car ad with a really really boppy version of the classic "is you is or is you ain't my baby"... THAT WAS FROM VERVE REMIXED!
Anyway, so this album was a huge smash hit, and they even released Verve//Unmixed - all the original songs without remixing. Then last year they collaborated once again and released Verve//Remixed2 and Verve//Unmixed2 - more musical harmony. So in my experience (being a participant in the Cocktail Culture myself) I've found that jazz is very influential in the music of the CC.. so I feel I should focus a case study on the Verve//Remixed Project.. it could bring about some really interesting research. What do you all think? I would really love your input - so would Lola.
Btw: try and listen to some stuff from Verve//Remixed - it's really cool, and chances are you'll either know it from tv or something, or you could even recognise the original song, and find it in a new and exciting format..
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
oh my God...
Saturday, April 24, 2004
mmm... here's an album that will go well with an apple cinnamon martini...
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
wow - here is the official site of the original bowery bar in new york city. i'm happy.
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