Deep Purple Performing Their All Times Hit Smoke on the Water

This video clip shows the heavy metal and hard rock band Deep Purple performing their greatest hit called Smoke on the Water. This peace of music has become a must play for all hard rock music guitar players.
Deep Purple appeared on the music scene in the 1970s and has remained there for a long time.
This video clip is from a concert in 1999 while the original version was released earlier and the concert recorded in this video clip took place in 1973. We strongly recommend you to look for the original version, specially because of the former singer of the group.
Notice that the lyrics talk about a fire that happened in Montreux where the band played a concert in a music festival, the lyrics also mention another great rock musician: Frank Zappa who also played this festival.
The initial riff is well known all over the world and since it is very easy to play, every beginning rock guitar player learns it. Not so the rest of the song which includes a solo that requires some advanced skills.

Milt Jackson Quartet Performing The Rev Live in Japan

Watch this video with the legendary vibraphone player Milt Jackson performing his composition The Rev live on stage in Japan. In this concert from 1990 he is being accompanied by Mickey Roker, Mike LeDonne and Ira Coleman.
Milt Jackson gained world popularity when playing with The Modern Jazz Quartet and is one of the best vibraphone player of the planet. The quartet here sounds great and the combination of piano, bass, drums and vibraphone results in a smooth jazz sound. The music played here shows some cool swing and is easy to enjoy, even for people who usually don’t listen to jazz music. However, there still is a great deal of improvisation in this performance.
The vibraphone is an instrument usually played with mallets. Notice that Milt Jackson is using his own mallets for playing the instrument.

Los Tigres del Norte Performing the Corrido Camelia la Tejana

This video clips features the mexican group Los Tigres del Norte (The Tigers of the North) with one of their most successfull hits: Camelia la tejana (Camelia, the girl from Texas).
Los tigres del Norte are a group that plays in the tradition of the Northern Mexico music style.
This tune forms part of the origins of a modern kind of mexican folk music called the narcocorrido (somehting like ‘narcotics song’) which is musically based on the traditional corrido while the lyrics here are foccussing on drug dealers and mafias smuggling drugs, being presented as somehow positive or heroic characters which resulted in the later prohibition of performances with this kind of contents. At preesent time the prohibition has not yet gathered a general acceptation among the mexican population, specially among the lower class and rural people, or maybe the prohibition was voided later. If you have any more precise information, we would apreciate your comments.

For those of you who speak a little spanish we offer the lyrics of the tune:

Salieron de San Isidro procedentes de Tijuana
traían las llantas del carro repletas de yerba mala.
Eran Emilio Varela y Camelia La Texana.

Al pasar por San Clemente los paró la Emigración,
les pidió sus documentos, les dijo: – ¿de dónde son?
Ella era de San Antonio, una hembra de corazón.

Cuando una hembra quiere a un hombre por él puede dar la vida,
pero hay que tener cuidado si esa hembra se siente herida;
la traición y el contrabando son cosas incompartidas.

A Los Angeles llegaron, a Hollywood se pasaron;
en un callejón obscuro las cuatro llantas cambiaron.
ahí entregaron la yerba, ahí también les pagaron.

Emilio dice a Camelia:
-hoy te das por despedida, con la parte que te toca
ya puedes rehacer tu vida.
Yo me voy pa’ San Francisco con la dueña de mi vida.

Sonaron siete balazos, Camelia a Emilio mataba.
La policía sólo halló una pistola tirada.
Del dinero y de Camelia nunca más se supo nada.

Bass Player Jaco Pastorious and Guitar Player John Scofield Performing The Chicken

This video shows two of the most important jazz musicians playing together in a studio session: we are talking about the legendary funky bass player Jaco Pastorious and guitar monster John Scofield. As for bass players there are musicians like Percy Jones, Linley Marthe, Mark King, Jeff Berlin, Ralphe Armstrong or Hadrien Feraud, to mention just a few. However, Jaco Pastorious is in my opinion the funkiest bass player, specially because of his slappy style which is now being copied by many younger bass players.
In this studio session John Scofield and Jaco Pastorious count with the drums of Kenwood Dennard. It is astounding how well Jaco’s bass lines go together with the bass drum, everything is in the pocket!
Unfortunately Jaco Pastorious was killed violently short time after this recording.
We also recommend to check for videos with Jaco Pastorious together with the jazz rock band Weather Report where he played most of his best performances.
In this video, Jaco is playing a bass with frets while in many other recordings he uses a fretless bass and produces some excellent solos with it. Here Jaco is playing mainly as part of the rhythm section which is his usual concept for the bass player while other ones consider the bass as an instrument as any other conventional solo instrument.

Ivry Gitlis Performing the Violin Solo Sonata by Bela Bartok

This video shows Ivry Gitlis, a phenomenal violin player, performing Bela Bartok’s sonata for solo violin. Many people can’t afford this piece (and some more of the compositions written by Bela Bartok) and even think that the violin player is playing out of tune. This happens because this sonata for violin includes microtonalities which means that the composer’s material is not limited to the well known twelve tones of the tempered piano tuning but also include more tones in between the standard twelve notes. Here the space between one note and the following one on the piano is subdivided into more subtle intervals. Naturally this kind of tune cannot be played on an accoustic piano while some synthesizers and keyboards do have a ‘bend wheel’ which would allow to play this piece.
Bela Bartok can be regarded as the most important hungarian composer and has an extensive oevre with compositions for many kinds of symphonic and chamber orchestras as well as for solo instruments. He also put special emphasis on the percussion instruments. His works for piano Microcosmos and Macrocosmos are mandatory repertoire for the beginning and advanced classical piano performer. In these and other compositions Bela Bartok recovers many hungarian, romanian and other folk tunes, treating and integrating them into the concert music repertoire.

Cannonball Adderley Performing Round Midnight on His Alto Saxophone

In this video clip you can watch alto sax player Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley perform the tasty jazz ballad Round Midnight written by Thelonious Monk, another significant jazz piano player of the bop era. In fact, this video is part of an educational television series about jazz (The Subject Is Jazz) where the present clip focusses on bop. The music comes with some comments about Charlie Parker and the way he played the horn (and how it influenced Julian Cannonball Adderley, which you might clearly hear when the band performs Jeannie, a composition of Cannonball Adderly that includes some phrasing that strongly remembers Charlie Parker).

Listen to Piano Player Bill Evans Talking about Improvisation and More

This is a video clip with an interview of well known jazz piano player Bill Evans from 1966. Listen to this musician talking about what he calls the jazz process, considering jazz as a style. It’s interesting that Bill Evans considers jazz as more a creative process than a style, since it is recovering the essence of improvisation that had already been present in the classical or concert music from the 17th century.
He also points out that in this process the composer and time have a one on one relation while for concert music composition the composer might write in one minute something that will take several minutes to play it or vice versa.
According to Bill Evans, the art of music is the capability to speak with creative spontanity. The jazz musician must be concentrated on the moment, the moment has to be shaped by intention and requires the jazz musician to be there with all of his energy while the whole, the complete composition is the product of a series of creative moments.

John McLaughlin Performing with Indian Group Shakti

Watch this video with the great guitar player John McLaughlin performing live on stage with Shakti, a group of indian musicians. This music belongs to the fusion genre and is a wonderfull combination of western and eastern music.
As many musicians from the western world, John McLaughlin has been interested in eastern culture for some time and has released several albums that clearly show the influence of indian music in his playing. One of the most remarkable albums in this sense is the LP with Carlos Santana and Michael Walden.
Notice that the two female music instrument players are sitting in the background which has mostly to do with the indian way of thinking and living.

The Berliner Philharmoniker Performing the Polovtsian Dances of the opera Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin

In this video the Berliner Philharmoniker under japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa perform the Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by russian composer Alexander Borodin (1833 – 1887).
It should be said the Alexander Borodin was not a full time composer, instead he had different occupations, among them he had a degree as a medical doctor and was a remarkable chemist, so he did composing in his spare time. He regarded himself as a ‘sunday composer’.
This video clip is an example for excellent camera work since the camera always focusses on the musician or orchestra section that is playing the prominent part of the piece at a given moment. I wish all concert music video presentations were prepared and carried out with such a dedication. Unfortunately there are so many examples of orchestras being televised where the camera focusses on the bass section while the motif or most prominent part is played by the trumpets, to give an example.
When Alexander Borodin suddenly died in the midst of a ball, the opera Prince Igor was left unconcluded and was later finished by two other russian composers: Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov. Alexander Borodin’s music has beautifull melodies and is clearly russian. Another important composition of Alexander Borodin is In the Steppes (Prairies) of Central Asia which also denotes a strong lyricism.

Ionisation by Edgar Varese Performed by the Ensemble InterContemporain

Watch this video with Pierre Boulez conducting the Ensembe InterContemporain for a performance of Edgar Varese’s (1883 – 1965) composition Ionisation. The music involves many percussion instruments and some rare music instruments like the siren and the lion’s roar which you can listen to as a solo instrument at 1:15 of the video clip and as part of the orchestra at 3:08. This particular version of the instrument is suspended and the performer pulls down from beneath on a string attached to the middle of the drum head.
Not only did Varese experiment with new instruments but also integrated electronic resources into his compositions, for example on the 1958 World Fair when he wrote his Poème électronique as part of the pavilion Philips had commissioned to Le Corbusier. The piece was presented over 400 speakers located in a series of rooms, with the effect that the visitors could listen to the changing sound as they moved through the rooms. This and other experiments with electronic resources gained him the nickname “Father of Electronic Music” (which is a little bit exaggerated considering composers like Karlheiz Stockhausen and many others who actually used electronically produced and synthesized sounds in their compositions) while Henry Miller described him as “The stratospheric Colossus of Sound”. However, ther can’t be no doubt about the quality of the compositions of Edgar Varese.
Some people say that this particular recording is performed much to fast, but as far as the composer is concerned he wrote no number for beats per minute, instead he left the space empty on the sheet music.
Edgar Varese was also one of the most important influences for modern music composer and rock guitar player Frank Zappa, check out the music by this legendary musician and you will clearly hear the influence of the french composer in Frank’s music.