Pianist and composer Billy Taylor discusses Jazz Improvisation
The great musicians always teach the best. The basic concepts of jazz improvisation are not complex. But the possibilities are endless.
Just bought this album on iTunes. When I really like an artist, I’ll buy it. I believe artists like Esperanza are important, in that they keep a certain jazz aesthetic alive that would otherwise be dead if the music was left to only academics, theorists, and critics.
Watch how music brings an old man back to life.
I’ve witnessed a similar experience in my own life. Music has a unique and powerful effect on the human mind, and this is a particularly dramatic example.
Timbuktu, once the seat of the wealthy Mali Empire, is now impoverished and coping with a bitter civil war. Despite this, the utterly unique architecture remains and many of the citizens fiercely guard the cultural and intellectual remains of their once thriving city.
I’ve always been fascinated by Mali. The music, the architecture, and the history.
Had I discovered this music back in college, I might be a different musician today. This is the music I had been searching for for years. Something I knew had to exist, and when I’d find it, it would answer all the questions I had…
This isn’t my collection, I just really liked the picture.
These guys are finally on Spotify. Their stuff is pretty over the top, but ya gotta admire the musicianship and originality.
I ran into the lovely Alysha Nett at SXSW last week, and she was gracious enough to let me interrupt her conversation to snap this quick photo :)