Saturday, August 27, 2011

Spine-tingling moments in jazz

All jazz fans have their favourite moments on record wherein all the inspiration, emotion and skill of the musicians seems to coalesce into a living, breathing reality. Though the thrill of hearing these classic jazz recordings for the first time may be gone, their appeal seems to grow ever stronger through familiarity with these spine-tingling moments.

Here's one such moment for me: King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, playing "Mabel's Dream" back in 1923. As the final chorus of this take begins, Joe 'King' Oliver unleashes some of his most achingly emotive muted playing, not so much leading the band as wailing in the foreground. I can listen over and over again, yet each time I am moved.

Don't miss this moment at 2.14...

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