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David Byrne Presents: Orchestral Jazz

David Byrne Presents: Orchestral Jazz

Playing tracks by

Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman & London Symphony Orchestra and more.

Happy New Year,
I've been watching and enjoying the Ken Burns doc series on Jazz. Lots of folks carp about omissions and biases in this and his Country music series, but overall it's a pretty good overview and with lots of context. Jazz, like any musical genre, was shaped by external forces- race, wars, technology, economics, laws- it both reflected and was molded by all of that.

Quite a few great artists at various points expanded their pallets to include orchestral and symphonic arrangements. Usually they didn't aspire to the 60+ members of a traditional symphonic orchestra- but the reach as far as color, timbre and scope were all there. Some of these were very popular. Some jazz fans disdained these recordings as being impure, sometimes precisely because they ended up being popular.

I cannot judge. But it is true the room for improvisation is more limited in these pieces, but other qualities come to the fore- sonic worlds on a par with anything classical composers were doing.


Lyle Cassard

Was looking forward to hearing Duck Ellington, Charlie Parker etc & it cuts off after about 10 minutes.

Warrick Sony

Hey, David, the playlist cuts off abruptly (accidentally) after 10:12 minutes...


Only 10 minutes here, where's the rest?

Baires En Bici

Eyyy David whats up with Milt Jackson Orchestra, dont forget Bag your vibraphono and your all star team.

Gil SY
Gil SY

Only 2 miles Davis tracks ?

James Mccash

what happened to the rest


Same question here. What's up?

Cherie Bourlard

I particularly like the preface David gives this playlist. I look forward to listening to it and watching Ken Burns' doc series. 👣🎶

Marcie Mayer

Perfect track to bring in the new year. Greetings from Greece 01/01/2020.