Wednesday, July 23, 2008

coltrane and the effect he should have on jazz guitar tones

this post is exactly what the title says: the influence which i think jazz guitarists should take from john coltrane but they don't.
i am a jazz fan. i find improvisation very interesting, i also find the level of musicianship of top jazz musicians incredibly inspirational. however, i am depressed that most jazz guitarist stick w/ the cliche clean guitar clone.
as a footnote, for those of you unfamiliar w/ guitar tone, it is the combination of the natural acoustic sound physically inherent to the instrument coupled w/ any colouring which guitar electronics, amplifiers, or effects may produce.
tone is generally discussed by players and certain tones i.e. david gilmour's of pink floyd or stevie ray vaughan's are highly coveted and aped by aspiring guitarists. i probably listen to the tone of a guitarist as much if not even more than the notes they are playing. (it's just my cup of tea).
anyways, john coltrane is a saxamaphonist, what does he or should have to do w/ jazz guitar tone? the answer is his tone is amazing. he shreds through the air w/ his "sheet of sound" approach to the sax. but listen to his tone, sax inherently sounds similar to a distorted guitar. but coltrane's distorted tone conveys so much emotion in it, something which i think the "cool" clean cliche jazz guitar lacks. the cliche tone seems to be so concerned w/ fitting in w/ the song that it doesn't express any feelings of the musician. the closest i have observed to emulating coltrane's sax on guitar has to be led zeppelin's jimmy page (although he played more blues than jazz). if i can find some good live tracks where page is allowed to rip it up i will post them. he plays w/ a distorted tone reminiscnet to coltranes as well as a level of emotion which far surpasses most of which i hear from jazz guitarists.

check out the links below for a comparison of coltranes tone to jimmy page (yes page is a bit sloppier, and a bit more "arena rock," but i think he plays w/ a lot of emotions and his tone is very good for the piece)

coltrane - blue trane
led zep - since i've been loving you

Monday, July 14, 2008

music tba

i am collecting songs for the tba soundtrack (entitled "music tba")
the tentative tracks are as follows

  1. that's when i reach for my revolver- mission of burma
  2. black milk - massive attack
  3. i think i smell a rat - white stripes
  4. how many more times - led zeppelin
  5. street fighting man - rolling stones
  6. black milk - massive attack
  7. jumping jack flash- rolling stones
  8. calm like a bomb - ratm
  9. what is fight club- chem brothers
any comments/questions let me know i think they set the right mood for the film and the man himself

second hand review/critique of "why women should rule the world"

recently a friend of mine read a book which she quite enjoyed. it is by a former clinton white house press secretary dee dee myers. according to my friend, myers makes many anecdotal observations about the differences between men and women. myers argues that while men are more individualist and independant, women care about relationships and emotions. she argues that these differences cause the oft seen trend of the independant/individualistic man refusing to ask for directions, while the women who places strong emphasis on relationships are always testing to see how strong the relationship is (i.e. questions that probe how much you care). although these don't seem to be based on scientific data they do "seem" intuitively correctly.

i admit i haven't read the book myself, it is part of my long summer reading list; but it seems like an interesting read. i hoped that just maybe someplace inside the chaos and commotion that is our modern world, a man can post a book review about a women empowrment book which he hasn't read and others will enjoy it.


Amazon page for the book

Thursday, July 10, 2008

one for the 'stache

have any of you baseball fans notice some thing dirty at yankee stadium as of recently? it's the 'stache. yankees former-slugger jason giambi returned to his former bash brother days w/ the a's and grew a 'stache. apparently the 'stache is accepted under the yankee organization's strict facial hair policy, while the goatee which he sported w/ the a's is not.
check out the difference in his time w/ the a's, his clean cut look upon signing w/ the yanks years ago and the 'stache.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

after the persistence of a woman i will refer to as i heart jane austen 82, i have downloaded 5 austen classics from the website is a collection of mp3 recordings of classic novels which have outlasted their copyrights and are now in the public domain. volunteer readers contribute by reading a chapter or chapters from the book and post them online. this works great for those of you who want to read more of the "classics" but don't have time to sit down and read them. just upload them onto your ipod and enjoy.
i have already done this for dickens' a tale of two cities and was rather impressed (it's a free novel, why wouldn't i be). the reader usually announces her or his name at the beginning of the chapter/mp3 and a brief self-introduction. i particularly enjoyed some of the british chaps who contributed (nothing like hearing a dickens novel read w/ a distinct cockney accent) and chip from tampa flordia (he was a peppy, a little too peppy).
give the website a try, see if there are any books that interest you (i would guess there are). if you can't find the books you want i also hear there is someway to use your hennepin county library card number to download books as well.

Monday, July 7, 2008

why i love krugman

i recently added princeton economist and ny times columnist paul krugmans blog (the conscience of a liberal) to my favorite blogs list. i would strongly recommend everyone reading his blog and his op-ed's in the ny times. i admit that he is left leaning (which most people that i associate w/ tend to disagree w/), but he is an economist who writes about current events in words that laymen can understand.
for those of you who want to know more about the housing bust, and our current economic situation, i would strongly suggest reading some of his back articles. he predicted the housing bust months (i think it was about a year) prior to its occurence. todays article on the causes of the current economic situation is particularly poignant. i would suggest you check out the link below and unleash your inner economist.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

guilty pleasures

sometimes, when i am using the shop vac at work, and no one is looking, i put the hose up to my beard. i don't think it does much to clean the beard, but it sure makes me happy. :)