Shakira and Alejandro Sanz Performing La Tortura

This video clip features Shakira and Alejandro Sanz live on stage together in a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was organized in an event for fund raising in favour of some part of the population with a social disadvantage.
When we present such a kind of songs in this blog, we usually point out the lack of artistry and focus on saleability of these products made by an uniformly dominated international entertainment industry. Since this concert was organized for a ‘good reason’ we will be more indulgent. However, we still think that this entertainment industry is making tons of money which comes from the pockets of the fans and we are convinced that the enterprises and benefitting stars should put this money from their own pockets instead of using a cover of pretended social commitment with the sole interest of making more publicity for their signed ‘artists’ and to distort the image of a personal profit oriented business by making it appear a socially commited enterprise. Something similar happens when the record labels ask youtube to withdraw certain video clips from the world’s most important moving pictures archieve, claiming copyrights and bringing up arguments like they have to protect the interests of their signed artists when in fact these artists usually like to gain more popularity and don’t receive significant royalties.

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Straight No Chaser Jazz Guitar Lesson Fingerstyle Solo

This video features a jazz guitar lesson where people can learn how to play chords and melody of the Thelonious Monk tune Straight, No Chaser in what is called fingerstyle. The guitar plays chords and melody simultaneously. According to the author of this video clip, this piece is pretty easy to learn. However, easy is a relative term and of course it is not thought for a beginning guitar player. I think it requires intermediate guitar playing skills.
Thelonious Monk is one of the most important jazz piano players and composers and has contributed to the repertoire of standard jazz tunes with several compositions like Epistrophy, Blue Monk, Well You Needn’t and others. His style is very particular and sure includes rhythmic and harmonic challenges for the average jazz musician.

The Kronos Quartet Performing the Jimi Hendrix Tune Foxy Lady

This video features the Kronos Quartet performing a classic Jimi Hendrix song called Foxy Lady. The Kronos Quartet is a musical ensemble of four young musicians who play string instruments. They all have studied a classical concert music instrumentalist career but have joined in this quartet with the goal to perform not only the repertoir of typical concert music string quartets. Instead, they are also performing compositions and arrangements from other musical environments besides the mandatory classical set of compositions.
In this little clip they have chosen a piece by rock star and electric guitar playing pioneer Jimi Hendrix called Foxy Lady. This is not the only piece of Jimi Hendrix interpreted by the Kronos Quartet, they also perform his tune Purple Haze (and maybe some more, so far I’ve found the two mentioned ones on youtube).
Jimi Hendrix was the most important rock guitar player of his time and has contributed strongly to the evolution of the possibilities of the electric guitar sound. He is well known for his appearance on the Woodstock festival where he performed the Star Spangled Banner, the north american national anthem, in his very own style, being a part of the love and peace movement and producing sounds with his guitar that imitated the falling american bombs over Vietnam.

Lou Reed Singing Walk on the Wild Side and Interviewed by Australien Journalists

Watch this video with underground rock star Lou Reed performing his hit Walk on the Wild Side and being interviewed by the australian press. I think everybodey knows the tune since it has been aired by radio stations from all over the world for several decades now. It has a kind of minimalistic melody while in this version the guitar plays a little bit more than just the usual simple chord progression.
The interview is hilarious. Lou Reed limits himself to very short answers like ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘I don’t know’ and responding even in a contradictory way. He knows who he is and what he represents …

Holly came from miami f.l.a.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.

Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her leg and then he was a she
She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

Candy came from out on the island
In the backroom she was everybodys darling

But she never lost her head
Even when she was given head
She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
And the coloured girls go

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay

A hustle here and a hustle there
New York city is the place where they said
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side

Sugar plum fairy came and hit the streets
Lookin for soul food and a place to eat

Went to the Apollo
You should have seen him go go go
They said, hey sugar, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
All right, huh

Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day

Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that dash
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side
And the coloured girls say

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

Well, Lou Reed obvoiusly does some variations on the lyrics when performing live on stage, but his eventual alterations don’t really change the meaning of the song.

Terence Higgins with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band Jamming in the Studio

Watch this video clip with funky drummer Terence Higgins jamming with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band live in the studio. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band usually plays as a marching band but on this video clip you can observe the guys together with a studio drummer and an electric guitar player. The sound quality is not the best since the camera is shooting from behind the drummer so that the sound track also has a relatively high volume for the drum set, which isn’t necessarily bad. As a matter of fact, Terence Higgins plays a really funky rhythm, I couldn’t stay calm when I listened to the recording.
We also recommend you to look for more videos of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on youtube, there are about forty clips with different performances of this excellent brass band. In the future we will post some more footage of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band here on the Music Video Guide, putting more attention to the band while in the present clip we were so fascinated by the drummer’s funky groove that we had no other choice than to share this video clip with our blog readers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, it’s always better to see and hear new things, don’t you think so?

Multitalent Bruce Willis Performing Devil Woman live on Stage

This videoclip features Bruce Willis performing the tune Devil Woman live on stage at Sin City Premier. Most people know Bruce Willis as an actor in many Hollywood productions, however, Bruce Willis has more talents than just acting. Here he presents himself as a singer and blues harmonica player. Some people think that Bruce should stick to his day job, which he sure will… Nevertheless, Bruce Willis doesn’t sound so bad with his harmonica while his singing is pretty rough. It is up to you to decide if you like it or not but Bruce Willis seems to enjoy the jamming on stage. As a matter of fact he has also played with B.B. King and Billy Preston, two very much recognized musicians. I think that if other musicians of that caliber don’t feel any shame to jam with Bruce on stage, he can’t be that bad. Anyway, as I said, he seems to enjoy the performance and that alone should be enough reason to let him do a second job after acting in Hollywood million dollar productions. There is actually one part where the guitar solo is backed up by some sounds from Bruce’s harmonica which I really like, the blend sounds great.

A Saxophone Quartet Performing A Night In Tunesia

This video clip shows a saxophone quartet performing the Dizzy Gillespie bebop tune A Night in Tunesia at Palmer Square in Princeton, New Jersey, on Aug 11, 2007. This saxophone quartet consists of Rob Stasolla on one of the alto saxes, Scott Grimaldi on the other alto saxophone, Frank Elmo on tenor saxophone and last but not least Tom Makoviecki on baritone saxophone.
The song was originallly written for another group with different instruments, first of all it was conceived for the trumpet of the great Dizzy Gillespie on the solo parts. The art of adapting a musical piece written for a certain combination of instruments to another combination of different instruments is called arranging. This tune had to be adapted for the saxophone quartet and the resulting arrangement sounds interesting. Of course, there still are solo parts for improvisation where the musicians can play whatever they feel fits into the chord changes, a process that Bill Evans once called the creative process of composing jazz music.