And Is there one you like to hear on your favorite Jazz recordings .
Most like to hear: Piano/Keyboards
Favorite instruments for jazz:
1) Saxophone, usually tenor or alto
Note: when depending on public support then move "vocals" to position #1, for example listen to WBGO-FM, a publicly supported radio station which plays at least 50% vocals day in and day out.
Whenever I hear a horn ( thats not attached to a car ) , I think of Jazz .
Sax, for sure!
We heard a guy playing an alto sax at the club last night , it was the essence of Jazz .
Could have sat there swilling whiskey all night .
i am equally inspired by saxophone (where my references are Joe Henderson or John Coltrane etc) or piano (reference: Bill Evans).
But guitar (Wes Montgomery, George Benson or these days Norman Brown or Paul Brown), trumpet (Rick Braun), flugel (Chuck Mangione) can also be equally memorable. Oh let's not forget bass (listen to Marcus Miller's rendition of "I'll be there" on his latest, pristinely recorded too). Some of the stuff Jef Kearns does with flute is pretty awesome too.
So I guess the essence of jazz is change. :)
But if you think about entirely solo, acoustic performances, prolly only piano and guitar are bearable without a band to back them up.
On recordings where the drums and cymbals are done really well that sets the tone and timing for me. Other recordings where the timing is driven by something other than the drums I tend to follow it. I think I associate a different instrument every night with Jazz, cause I'm sitting here listening and changing my mind every solo :)
.....nothing says 'JAZZ' more than the emotive primal, soul-stirring rhythm set down by the four strings of the double stand-up acoustic bass.
The emotional connection to any music starts with a rock-solid foundation.
Bill - on the Hill
Practicing Curmudgeon & Audio Snob
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But, my favorite is piano.
I want to hold my hand up for this one as well. Foundation and staging.
Yes, piano -Bill Evans.
Trumpet- Miles davis