Friday, October 29, 2010

LEONARD BERNSTEIN What Is Jazz? 1954 Columbia LP

Cornered Bernstein returns by popular demand with another vintage vinyl selection--
Columbia LP 1954

This is a STRANGE LP released in the mid 1950s and featuring the voice of the great Leonard Bernstein discussing and trying to explain ‘jazz’ as an art form and the effects it has on music. He explains jazz instrumentation, the blues, how we clap on beat and ‘jam sessions’ with such an authoritative prestige that shows the listener that even squares can have a ball.

This Columbia album’s so old that Miles Davis (his version of “Sweet Sue” closes out the album) is credited on the back cover as appearing courtesy of Prestige Records! This step back in musical time is wordy and a little dated but definitely worth a listen.

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