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The history of the Hammond Organ…

the Hammond Organ

The history of the Hammond Organ goes beyond the iconic double level keyboard… Hammond patented over 100 product ideas, including… (in 1922) 3D movies and a few years later he was first to market the electric clock!

Ironically, the syncronistic motor in the clock contributed to his insights in the development of the Hammond Organ (in the 1930s). An interesting note is the fact that Lawrence Hammond was never a musician and never thought a musical instrument was in his future.

Of course, the B3-Hammond went on to become the most classic ‘jam Organ’ of all times with the help of Jimmy Smith’s Jazz electric keyboard intro… Then rock opened the doors even further.

And… the history of Hammond, well… here’s the  ‘History!’

I especially love the part about how Hammond was able to use the word ‘Organ’, whereby before, the word was reserved for pipe organ manufacurers only. Also includes the first lady of the Hammond and the most interesting, early conflicts with Hammonds important counterpart, the Leslie speaker enclosure… Wow!
Ron-

Further citations for your reference…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammond_organ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_speaker

The Bad Plus finding jazz in Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’…

the Bad Plus

I just knew that someday a (capable) Jazz group would render a Classical movement justice. In this instance… the Bad Plus has taken it upon themselves to really encapsulate the works of Stravinsky. Now, there are a lot of considerations when taken-on a task of this magnitude.
For instance: the very thought that a modern-day acoustic Jazz trio could even approach the powerful scores of Stravinsky’s orchestral may seem a tad silly, until you consider how interestingly enough the composer’s other works sound in similarly to existing sounds of the Bad Plus’ 3-piece jams.
Ron-

Listen to the entire movement of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ by the Bad Plus here ->

AND… read an in depth review in Chicago Tribune
( by: Howard Reich October 22, 2013)
“Stravinsky’s orchestral score – with its convulsing rhythms and shattering dissonances – will be delivered by the bare-bones instrumentation of Ethan Iverson’s piano, Dave King’s drums and Reid Anderson’s bass. While they’re trying to capture the savage intensity of Stravinsky’s original, a series of abstract videos will play on two screens, just as an orchestra 100 years ago accompanied members of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes during that notorious premiere of Vaslav Nijinsky’s provocative choreography…”
Read article in its entirety here ->
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-jazz-stravinsky-reich-20131023,0,4995862.column

 

Spike Jones and his City Slickers, free App…

Spike Jones

Some of the old entertainers laid it down for many of us musicians to take note and to follow in their footsteps… Now, iOS Universal has created an app that gives you free access to over 50 plus episodes of Spike Jones performance. And they have a list of some earlier great works available… (see story lead, below)
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btw, here’s an earlier clip of Spike Jones doing his thing. If you get an opportunity, check out a couple more clips to witness his cleaver works of yester-year…

The very name of Spike Jones became synonymous with crazy music. While he enjoyed the fame and prosperity, he was annoyed that nobody seemed to see beyond the craziness. Lindley Armstrong “Spike” Jones (December 14, 1911 – May 1, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and outlandish vocals…
Free App and more info here ->
http://appshopper.com/music/spike-jones-collection

Drummer in the Band…

Would you consider the drummer the backbone of the band? Obviously, these statements could be applied to all instruments, but it is arguably more of a truism (in general) when applied to drummers. I have to give the drummer in a band credit for their, forever being a part of the groove… I mean, none stop involvement gives them an important position in the group’s partnership…
Ron

drummer in the band

(By Erik Stams… Rhythm Magz. via Music Radar)
By providing secure time, dynamic intensity and the right feel a drummer can make a song come to life. Why else would producers continue to use live drummers when everything else is programmed?…

More Here…
http://www.musicradar.com/news/drums/why-drummers-really-are-the-backbone-of-the-band-580362

Sad Music Makes Folks Happy…

I found this research rather interesting. Gives another meaning to music theory. Sure hope happy music also makes people ‘happy’!
Ron

sad music icon blog

(By via VR-Zone)
A recent study conducted by researchers from the Tokyo University of Arts has revealed that sad music does, in fact, invoke ‘pleasant emotion.’ …
more on this story here:
http://vr-zone.com/articles/sad-music-makes-people-happy/46646.html

Keeping Time and Playing by Feel in Music…

Keeping time and playing by feel… continues to be a fair conversation amongst musicians…
I personally see where ‘both’ have their merits in playing music. A grove can be an ever elusive dance. Being ‘locked-down’ using a metronome can also have its ups and downs!
Ron

Metronome

(… provided by Whisky Sage)
“Playing by feel,” or trying to express emotion is the primary concern of music. Music itself an expressive form, so it’s nigh impossible to play or experience it without any sort of feelings involved…”
… read more here:
http://blognamedmort.com/2013/07/11/playing-by-time-is-what-counts/

Basic Music Theory

Hey fellow musicians… Ron Greene here,

There are a lot of decent basic music theory books, tapes etc. on the market these days, and many of them provide good technical content. However, most of the information in them seems to lack specific details that otherwise, really never get you to the point of playing your instrument.

For example, music theory publications do a good job of explaining Key Signatures and the history of music, yet, these subjects might not interest you as much as getting your instrument out and actually getting down to the matter at hand… playing it! Read the rest of this entry »

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