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'The Universe of John Lennon' (Jazz album)
29 July 2012
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Just checking out John's stuff on iTunes and there's a jazz album that was just released on June 19th titled 'The Universe of John Lennon'. It's got Beatles and solo songs, everything from Rain to Across The Universe to Working Class Hero.

 

JAZZ!??

 

I have to admit, some of it's not terrible, lol.

 

If you check it out, I'd be interested in reading your thoughts/comments. Whatever you do, don't shoot the messenger!

30 July 2012
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Jazz is GREAT and I'll not have any anti-jazz sentiments here, no matter if Lennon claimed to hate the stuff! (And hey he and Yoko recorded with alto-man John Tchicai once, anyways! And what about the MJQ getting signed to Apple?!)

Anyways this isn't really news – Herbie Hancock did that "Imagine Project" thing a couple of years ago.

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I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
30 July 2012
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Lennon hated jazz?

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
30 July 2012
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Lennon hated jazz?

He apparently used to claim to dislike it during his art-college student days. (Of course it's just as likely that he really just hated the sorts of people – beatniks! – who listened to it at the time. There was a real divide between rock 'n rollers and jazzbos back in those days, of course.)

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
31 July 2012
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Makes me think of how in the early days they would try and pass Long Tall Sally off as a tune by Lead Belly (not that he was jazz just the type of music the clubs allowed).

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
31 July 2012
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Being a music lover, I enjoy every kind of it. Would like to know the best album list.

 

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31 July 2012
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Update on the Lennon-hated-jazz thing: I found passing praise of Stan Getz (specifically the 1964 Getz/Gilberto album collaboration) in the February Playboy Interview of the Beatles.

http://www.reocities.com/donal…..layboy.htm

This guy has compiled EVERY mention of the Beatles in Playboy magazine from 1964 through '72! Including innumerable ads for record albums with a stray cover of "Michelle" or random out-of-context use of the phrase "hard day's night". Interesting reading.

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
2 August 2012
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vonbontee said

Update on the Lennon-hated-jazz thing: I found passing praise of Stan Getz (specifically the 1964 Getz/Gilberto album collaboration) in the February Playboy Interview of the Beatles.

That is a great album; interesting to see John liked it.

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2 August 2012
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Yeah, that's a good'un!
(Not to mention a #2 chart hit, kept out of the top spot by "Meet The Beatles" – a sign of the future)

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
2 August 2012
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vonbontee said

Jazz is GREAT and I'll not have any anti-jazz sentiments here…

Jazz is the worst kind of music (if we can even call the monstrosity music) ever created or imagined.
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I kid, of course. I just had to!!

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Cannot stand Modern Jazz, the kind they play in trendy cafes and pubs that lasts for what seems like hours yet does nothing at all ever, sounds like folk have got together inadvertantly and are trying to follow each other by going nowhere. It is sooooooo boring and quickly annoying.

One of my worst nightmares would be listening to a Jazz Beatle Album. Man alive! I'd give up any and all secrets i had just to get it to stop.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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And you Scots' call yourselves fighters…

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