Jazz Music For a New Beat Generation

Jazz Music For a New Beat Generation

The only people for me are the mad ones. Mad to live, mad to move, mad to be saved- with minds like book stacks and hearts like kick drums. No wristwatches, they measure time with high hats and squint like cowboys from the cigarette smoke. Skinny girls and boys with sly minds, their souls on skid row. They burn, burn, burn, like a dying star. They’re beat, beat-up, beat down, another beat generation.
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      electric adolescence - jazz

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Branford Marsalis – Scenes In the City
Donald Byrd – Slow Drag
Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments
Stanley Turrentine – Since I Fell For You
Ahmad Jamal – Poinciana
Don Rendell, Ian Carr – Blue Mosque
Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta
Les McCann – Before I Rest
Alice Coltrane – Sivaya
Pharaoh Sanders – Upper Egypt & Lower Egypt
Yusef Lateef feat Charlie Parker – Blue Rocky
Jack Kerouac – Charlie Parker
John Coltrane – I’m Old Fashioned
E.S.T. – Believe, Beleft, Below
Charles Mingus – Self-Portrait in Three Colours
Miles Davis – Flamenco Sketches
Miles Davis & John Lee Hooker – Harry and Dolly
The Thomasz Stanko Quartet – Soul of Things (Variation 1)
Chet Baker – Someone In Love
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – In a Sentimental Mood
Art Tatum & Ben Webster – My Ideal
Ella Fitzgerald – Someone To Watch Over Me
Harry James – You Made Me Love You
Mantovani – I Wish You Love
Don Morrow – A Little Night Music
Frank Sinatra – One For My Baby (Live at the Sands)

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THE VIDEO MIX

In an age where the most dominant force in television is the formula of having amateur singers compete with each other by covering songs they didn’t or couldn’t write while being judged by a panel of artists as relavent to modern music as an 8 track tape, the genius of post war jazz television all but discounts the theory that cultural evolution is necessarily progressive. Programs like Ralph’s Gleeson’s “Jazz Casual” wasn’t made to appeal to people’s lowest standards, it’s intent was to raise them by featuring intellectual heavyweights like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and John Coltrane. The following is a feature length compilation of some of my favorite filmed jazz performances, all presented in glorious black and white.

Dave Brubeck – Take Five (Live on Jazz Casual)
John Coltrane live on Jazz Casual
Jack Kerouac Clowning Around
Miles Davis – So What
Thelonious Monk – Round Midnight
Chet Baker – Time After Time
Jazz at the Philharmonic
Musical Office
Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto – Girl From Ipanema
Beat Girl Dance
Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young Live in 1950’s
Nina Simone – Brown Baby
Cannonball Adderly – Songs My Lady Sings
Billie Holiday Interview
Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
Dizzy Gillespie – Manteca
Ella Fitzgerald – Georgia On My Mind
BB King on Jazz Casual

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As a bonus for those who want to dig deeper into the written works and the cultural impact of the aforementioned Beat Generation, the following is a sort of audio documentary featuring poetry, news footage, and music about and by those representing the movement, including selections of On The Road read by Jack Kerouac and Naked Lunch read by William S Burroughs, plus a recital of Howl by Alan Ginsberg. It’s a love letter to an era when coffee shop culture was about more than just a beverage, so grab a shovel and dig it.
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      electric adolescence - beat generation

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Jack Kerouac – The Beat Generation
Howard Smith – The Cool Rebellion Documentary Intro
Bob McFadden & Dor – The Beat Generation
Lionel Hampton – Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
CBS News Report – Hipsters vs. Squares
Patsy Ray – Beatnik’s Wish
Beatnik Interview – Strictly Squaresville
Alan Ginsberg – Tonight Let’s All Make Love in London
Charles Kuralt Reports – The Greenwich Village Poets
Roy Eldridge – The Gasser
Jack Kerouac – On the Road(Excerpt)
Cool Rebellion Interview on Individualism
Ken Nordine – Reaching Into In
Alan Ginsberg – Howl
King Pleasure – Parker’s Mood
William S. Burroughs – Naked Lunch (Excerpt)
Charlie Ventura – Ha!
Howard Smith – The Cool Rebellion Closing

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