In sheet music, ad lib is an abbreviation of ad libitum which in Latin means at one’s pleasure. Musicians know Ad Lib to mean improvise or play freely. In Ad Lib I will blog on my experiences thoughts, feelings and insights in the pursuit of creativity in music, art and life. Please read About Joseph Liberti for more information about me and the ad lib blog
As I write this post I am listening to Two Lonely People from the album: Bill Evans and Stan Getz – But Beautiful. The album also features bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell. The video has some beautiful performances from jazz masters.
As I listen I notice all the new things I hear now that I did not recognize so clearly before. I am reminded how much we can learn from the masters whether our discipline is jazz music or painting or whatever.
I also notice that as I learn and develop my musical skills to a greater degree how I am able to listen with “new ears” which leads me to new appreciation for the art and the artists. And, after listening to many repetitions of this album, the unique language and expression of the artists being to show up in my music performance and in my writing.
If you are into jazz you may love this album. If not chose your artist and try seeing with “new eyes” or hearing with “new ears.” Let the experience inspire and inform your art and life.
I will pin the post to the top of the blog as a way to introduce Ad Lib to new readers.
Check this out! You will love it! I am not affiliated with Jazz At Lincoln Center but love their music and support of jazz! The following content is from Jazz At Lincoln Center.
These one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. Recorded between 2003 and 2007, United We Swing—the latest album from Blue Engine Records—finds an unparalleled array of music talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy Award winner himself) and some of the world’s top jazz musicians to perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire.
Here’s where to listen to the album samples and order the music:
These one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis’s hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz’s own song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town.”
Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz’s importance to America’s cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.
Celebrate Independence Day with the sound of America swinging together!
The Wynton Marsalis Septet’s acclaimed, star-studded United We Swing is out now as a double-disc, audiophile set—and from now through Sunday, you can use the code “HAPPYFOURTH” to receive 20% off United We Swing and all other vinyl albums available at Jazz At Lincoln Center online store.
1. The Last Time feat. Blind Boys of Alabama
2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry feat. Bob Dylan
3. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town feat. Ray Charles
4. I’m Not Rough feat. Eric Clapton
5. Creole Love Call feat. Audra McDonald
6. Milk Cow Blues feat. Willie Nelson
7. I’m Gonna Find Another You feat. John Mayer
8. My Baby Don’t Tolerate feat. Lyle Lovett
9. The Worst Thing feat. Natalie Merchant
10. Please Baby Don’t feat. John Legend
11. Mean Old Man feat. James Taylor
12. Are You Gonna Go My Way feat. Lenny Kravitz
13. Fool’s Paradise feat. Jimmy Buffett
14. Empty Bed Blues feat. Carrie Smith
15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
16. What Have You Done?
Thank you Jazz At Lincoln Center for this fabulous music and for all you do to support jazz!!