Exciting New Jazz Music – Midón, Mendoza and Metropole
Introducing Raul Midơn, Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orkest.
Recently I have been studying the music of gifted musician/compose/conductor Vince Mendoza whose stunningly beautiful and very hip orchestral music is typically classified as “contemporary” or pop jazz. Look him up on Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music and you will probably be as stunned as I was say, “why haven’t I heard of this guy before. (He’s been recording sensational sounds for more than 20 years.)
Mendoza has recorded a number of recordings with Metropole Orkest a full symphonic orchestra that plays some great jazz.
If You Really Want
In 2014 singer/guitarist/composer Raul Midón joined the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Vince Mendoza, to record the album ‘If You Really Want’. It took four years to find the right time and partner to release the record, which is out now on Artistry Music and received a Grammy. You just have to listen to it! The vocals are soulful, the compositions are elegant, and the orchestra, led by Mendoza is sensational.
A glimpse into the making of “If You Really Want”
Raul Midon: “I Just Want To Pick Somebody Up”
John Scofield, Vince Mendoza, Metropole Orchestra – Honest I Do
Too Darn Hot is a song written by Cole Porter for his musical Kiss Me, Kate (1948)
Too Darn Hot seemed and appropriate subject for today. Formerly we almost never used our air conditioning system, preferring fresh air. Now as the temperature clips above 90 regularly we are often glad to have relief. Cole Porter’s tune is a little musical relief. Here’s two versions:
Ella Fitzgerald recorded the song for her 1956 album “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook”.
In the stage version of Kiss Me Kate, it is sung at the start of Act 2
In this version you can hear a full orchestral arrangement.
My journal just popped up a reminder that four years ago today I played a great gig with Marc Neihof, Alan Joseph, Dave Hanson and Stefan Flores at the Pueblo Zoo. How fortunate I have been to play with such master musicians. I remember Marc had been playing a lot of choros in his personal practice. When he played a stunning solo on this zoo gig, Alan and I looked at each other with wide eyes and Alan said “It must be the choros.”
Choro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃoɾu], “cry” or “lament”), also popularly called chorinho (“little cry” or “little lament”), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. Source: Wikipedia
Recently I listened to a modern choro composition by one of my new heroes, composer Vince Mendoza with the WDR big band on the album Homecoming. I did find a Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra video on youtube for you. Here it is:
You Must Believe In Spring Live at 21C by FluteDaddy Quartet.
You Must Believe In Spring is a beautiful ballad composed by Michel Legrand. In May 2018 FluteDaddy Quartet featuring Joseph Liberti on alto flute, Reggie berg piano, Jason Crowe bass and Tyler Kennamer drums performed a special arrangement of You Must Believe In Spring for an audience at 21C and it was recorded live.
The arrangement begins with a piano solo introduction by Reggie followed by a piano/flute duet played rubato style and then an out-chorus improvised solo on alto flute by Joseph as the full quartet plays. If you like beautiful music you will enjoy this.
What is bebop? Some say it was jazz’s most influential development.
The term bebop is well-known, but many jazz newcomers often ask: what is bebop? And why is it hailed as the most important development in jazz? uDiscover Music reveals all…
The Big Apple certainly didn’t know what hit it when Charlie Parker blew into town like a tornado and shook the jazz scene to its very core. It was 1942, and the 22-year-old alto saxophonist from Kansas City, then playing in pianist Jay McShann’s band, was blowing his horn in a way that had never been heard or seen before. Molten melodic lines poured out of him in a rapid-fire torrent of improvisation that took virtuosity to a new level. Read More