Monday, May 20, 2013

Roll Up Sleeves exhibition " A piece of the CINEMATIC and LIBRARY room "





















..there were 6 rooms, in every room a type of jazz...this is library music and cinematic room . Together with the sleeves I added some comments about that period of some of JAZZMOTEL friends musicians, you can read here and see some pics . The Dear Edda Dell'Orso worite some lines for " Roll up Sleeves ", she was so kind to wrote the feelings she had in the 60's singing on Morricone Bossa tunes ...




 Edda Dell’Orso for “Roll up Sleeves” aprile 2013 :

Molto spesso ho cantato in brani di stile "Latin iazz", sempre per colonne sonore, e mi sono trovata proprio a mio agio perchè quel ritmo "balance" che da l'idea di essere sospesi in aria combaciava perfettamente con il mio carattere "aereo", privo di equilibrio.




 Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield , the Library music Masters wrote some lines too !



 Alan Hawkshaw for “Roll up Sleeves” marzo 2013 :

At 8 years old, I would play over and over on my brother’s portable wind-up gramophone the old standard “After You’ve Gone’ played by Fats Waller and Benny Payne as a piano duet. As a result, I was now and forever a slave to all that jazz had to offer. Although a serious art form, it became pure joy to me. It lifted me up. Waller and Payne gave way to more modern jazz pianists, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Ahmad Jamal. But most of all it liberated me as a player. Playing Jazz let me experience the empathy and unpredictability of playing with others, letting instinct take over and becoming truly ‘in the moment’. Jazz to me is spiritual. We connect with the listener and co-players in a way no other art form can.





 



Keith Mansfield for “Roll up Sleeves” marzo 2013 :


The sound and feel of jazz have probably always been a part of library music. Sometimes it may be a very obvious dynamic, but mostly the influence of jazz is  much more subtle, and is expressed in the harmonic and rhythmic choices of the composer. Like so many others, jazz has had a big influence on me. In 1966 I was asked by KPM music to record an album of 'jazzed up' Xmas carols for the American market. This was the start of a 40 year association. The 60's and 70's were a time of big changes, with the music of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones making a huge impact. There was also a strong latin feel that was very evident, particularly in the amount of 'Bossa Nova' music that was being recorded. Many jazz musicians began to move away from the traditional swing approach. It was natural that these changes would influence composers as well.   'Funk' music was a natural hybrid of these influences, and many library albums over the next decade were full of funky rhythms and themes. It was a very direct form of music with much less improvisation than 'straight ahead' jazz. However, for me and many others it helped to have a strong affinity with jazz. This may not have been to the liking of the 'jazz purist' but it was very much the music of the time.    Maynard Ferguson recorded a composition of mine in 1969 which he titled 'L-Dopa' This had actually been recorded a few months earlier for KPM as 'Powerhouse Pop'. Maynard's version successfully combined the elements of big brassy writing with plenty of space for extended jazz improvisation and used the energy of both funky and swing rhythms. It was a good time to be around ..Composers continue to express themselves using jazz influences as a natural part of their repertoire

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