National Treasure Frank Zappa performing live on stage

Frank Zappa and his band are performing the song City of Tiny Lights on this video. All the members of the band show their instrumental skills and offer an exceptional performance of musicianship. As always, Frank Zappa plays the guitar in his very personal style, soloing and throwing in some short notes from time to time.
If you would like to listen to more of Frank Zappa’s music we invite you to visit the fiesta-musical.com website where you can find more videos of Frank Zappa performing and interviewed. This site also offers videos of other performers like jazz musicians, rock bands, classical music performers both lieve on stage and in interviews as well as in documentary videos. Get a good insight into the entertainment business.

Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiutta and Steve Gadd drumming together

Watch world class drummers Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd drumming together on a drummerworld gig. It’s really hard to say one of them is better than the others, it’s best to recognize each drummers personal style of playing the drums and treating their drumset and consider it as unique as any of the others too.
Competitions might be entertaining but collaboration is a much more productive way of living. In fact, we’re sure that the 3 drummers who are playing here together are not really competing, that’s only a mediatic distortion of the importance of the individualism and the collective production.
Yeah, I know, it’s a lot of talking … so jst listen to the sound of these drumsets played by excellent drummers, theytrade bars and play beautifully together.
At the end of the year we will open up our poll for the best drummer ever. We hope you will participate in making this poll’s results relevant and representative for our reader’s. At this time the poll regarding tenor sax players is still open, so we invite you to participate in the POLL: WHO IS THE BEST TENOR SAXOPHONE PLAYER.
For the drummers among our readers we want to tell you that we are working hard to get a good collection of drum music in all genres, styles and from many regions of the world. If you want to suggest a poll please feel free to contact us. We will happily consider it in our next polls to be published once or twice monthly.

Paco de Lucia – Entre dos aguas – Flamenco Rumba

Paco de Lucia is playing Entre dos aguas in this video recording. He is one of the most important flamenco guitar players of the world, maybe you even think he’s the best. Spanish folk music became much more popular when Paco de Lucia began to perform with John McLaughlin and Al diMeola. However, when Otmar Liebert appeared on the music scene, he made flamenco really well know. Of course, to gain such success a little commercial adaptation of the original flamenco style was necessary.
Paco de Lucia said in an interview that he is angry about guys like Otmar Liebert gaining so much popularity and having big success because in Spain there is a better flamenco guitar player under each stone you pick up. However, the bosses of the music business preferred to present a player from outside Spain and to make him a super star. That is a shame, we agree with Paco de Lucia who really knows how to play the music of his people, who has been listening to the different flamenco styles since he was a kid and who has assimilated the whole flamenco tradition, expressing his musical wisdom in every performance he presents to people from all over the world. It’s sad that the original ideas are commercialized in distorted ways, just to make sure they will be an commercial success, musical issues are widely underestimated or even ignored.

Anthony Braxton at the Woodstock Jazz Festival – Impressions

In this video Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitous and Chic Corea are performing the John Coltrane song Impressions. The video clip also shows a little conversation of cats backstage. Anthony Braxton plays the alto saxophone on this tune and the clip shows his great improvisation while the felow musicians are cooking hot. The saxophone blowing here is not the traditional bebop style, instead extremely high notes beyond the ‘normal’ range of the alto sax are played with a very intense attack and blowing are mixed with ultra-fast runs through the scales. Also watch Jack DeJohnette constantly giving impulse to the performance.
Woodstock is best known for the legendary Rock Music Festival in the hippie era when Jimi Hendrix was performing the Star Spangled Banner with guitar allusions to falling bombs and explosions and Carlos Santana was playing latin rock befor the largest audience a rock festival had ever joined. However, this recording is from around 1991 when Woodstock already was a festival for jazz music… seems like the place keeps attracting some the most important musicians of the time, no matter if they are rockers or jazz cats …

Beijing Classical Music Ensemble Performing an Old Tune

This video shows the Bejing Classical Music Ensemble playing an old song on traditional instruments. It is a quartet and the song is an old melody composed for these instruments. The concept of chinese music is quite different from western music, even though in recent times, the globalization has a strong impact on the chinese music scene. Now you can listen to a big bunch of singers performing pop music which sounds like any other modern pop song, just with chinese lyrics. The chinese national identity disappears and the product is complying with the need for almost identical stuff that can satisfy the ‘needs’ of millions of potential buyers from all around the world.
This ensemble, however, performs traditional music with traditional chinese instruments. Some comments for this video clip of chinese music mention a too high pitch and the lack of an counter-melody. That’s just not the way chinese music was composed. In chinese music tonality is not that important as rhythm and rhythmical coincidence is release, not harmonic coincidence as in western music. We think that all people regardless of their cultural identity can perceive the joyfull character of the song in this video.

John Coltrane interview from 1960

John Coltrane talks about his favourite musicians and what he likes most of his own work. This video is a jewel since it presents John Coltrane in an interview expressing his ideas about the music he is performing instead of playing his saxophone or flute. The pictures of the movie are the front covers of John Cotrane’s records.
John Coltrane talks about the instrument tone he would like to improve and on getting things to the lyrical level, about his favourite musicians Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, about Blue Train as his favourite album, about tradition, about his work with the Miles Davis Quintet, the group John Coltrane was playing in when this interview was recorded.

Charlie Parker – Summertime

Watch this video of Charlie Parker playing the famous George Gershwin song ‘Summertime’ while a slide show of a few Charlie Parker photos is passing. This blues is well known in the jazz world and many of the jazz players have recorded their version. The video we are showing you here is one of the best versions we think. Listen to Charlie Parker’s sensual alto saxophone sound which is dropping out of his horn sweet as honey. Like John Coltrane for the tenor saxophone, Charlie Parker has become an idol of jazz alto saxophone playing. All younger alto sax players want to play like Charlie Parker.
The song here belongs to Porgy and Bess, work of the composer George Gershwin who in his work has combined classical symphony orchestra sections with jazz combo parts. Other famous musicians who have recorded this song are Stephane Grappelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, among others.
Charlie Parker is best known for his interpretations of fast bebop themes. He usually shows up on stage playing in a virtuoso style, but always with his very personal saxophone tone. In this video clip we can listen to him playing a ballad and we are surprised that Charlie Parker played this slow melody in a very convincing manner.
We think this comment from one of the people who watched this video of the great alto player Charlie Parker performing Summertime by George Gershwin: “if this doesn’t make yo feel warm inside then you should not listen to music for you have no soul”.

Heitor Villa-Lobos – Prelude No. 5

Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the greatest brazilian composers. He has written music for solo instruments like the guitar as well as pieces for the symphony orchestra. Watch this video of the famous classical guitar player John Williams playing the Prelude No. 5 in a superb manner. The masterful performer plays the first section of the Prelude No. 5 as a waltz and cools down in the second movement. Many of the people who have watched this video state that John Williams is playing too fast, while others say that he is playing it at the right pace. There are recordings with both versions out on the market and we definitely like this faster first part version better. But as you know, taste is a very subjective thing so if you don’t like this version very well, then you can look for an interpretation by the great guitar player Julian Bream who usually plays the first part with a slow speed and the second part veeery slowly. Make your choice, any version you prefer is ok, there is no ‘right tempo’ (as long as the composer doesn’t indicate a metronome number of beats per minute, which with this piece of music doesn’t seem to be the case).

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin is one of the most important rock music groups of all times. The video clip shows them playing one of their most famous songs ‘Stairway to Heaven’. This recording is taken from the movie ‘The Song Remains the Same’ and illustrates Jimi Page’s ability to play the guitar, Robert Plant’s singing in the high range of his voice and John Bonham’s powerfull drumming.
On youtube there is a discussion ongoing about if this music has any value since it means to be a cheap copy of the original blues music, played by black musicians. This is a waste of time. Development and evolution do start at some point, that’s right. But first, we think that anything that is good for mankind belongs to all mankind, not to a few patent holders or original authors. In musical terms, almost all music played on guitar uses similar material, however, there are differences between a sonata from Johan Sebastian Bach and a jazz musician’s improvisition or elaboration on this sonata. If you understand western concert music as the evolution of dissonancies becoming accepted one by one as consonancies you will see that almost every musician has an education which shows him the ancestor’s music and how it can be developed. As a matter of fact, art is exactly the right balance of ald, approved and accepted stuff together with new elements.
Back to led Zeppelin, this video has a fair sound quality and we know that you rock music fans will enjoy it. After all, music is more than words. For those of you who would like to sing along with this song or make your own version of it, we offer the lyrics:

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
and it makes me wonder
really makes me wonder

And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forest will echo with laughter

***

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, Ooh, it makes me wonder

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can’t you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

***

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, yeah
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying the stairway to heaven

Michal Urbaniak – Jazzorap

Michal Urbaniak is a modern violin player who is almost unknown outside Poland where he was born. In this video clip he offers us an interesting fusion of jazz and rap music which begins with the violin section of a symphony orchestra, the drums enter and together with the bass establish the groove of the composition. This base builds the perfect background for the electric solo violin of Michal Urbaniak and the lyrics of the rap ‘singer’. A nice performance which shows that rap has not necessarily to be street music, it can bee played in a concert hall as here in this video. The performances of Michal Urbaniak are always full of surprises, watch out for more videos of this excellent violin player.