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?

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.

Art Ensemble of Chicaco gets funky live on stage

Music lovers shoul watch this video of the Art Ensemble of Chicago performing a funky tune live on stage. This is pure music and pure art, not as the songs performed on major television and channels like the one from our recent post on the pop singer Albert Hammond. When the Art Ensemble of Chicage performed, there usually were only a few people in the audience and that doesn’t mean that they are performing bad music. All the contrary: as this music is really original and doesn’t fit into simple boxes, the entertainment business people do not promote it.
This kind of music requires a person to listen so that he/she can turn on his/her imagination, not as in the pop songs where people are required to turn off their brain and just follow the easy melody and very basic rhythm while listening to stupid lyrics.
In change, the musicians presented here in this video are performing an excellent example of interaction and communication between the instruments. I specially like the drummer, he establishes a cool and funky groove. His name is Fomoudu Don Moye and he studied percussion at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. All the musicians of the Art Ensemble of Chicaco have received a formal education in music, so please don’t post your comments regarding lack of musicianship of these cats. One thing is to fool around because you can’t really play your instrument and another thin is to learn to play your instrument and then playing it as you desire it to sound. That’s freedom, one of the main characteristics of art.
If you are interested in more video clips with the Art Ensemble of Chicago performing and a documentary video, you might want to visit http://www.fiesta-musical.com.

Albert King – Born under a bad sign – Blues with much soul

Watch this video with black blues guitar player Albert King performing his song Born Under a Bad Sign. The arrangement includes a brass section wiith trumpets, trombones and saxophones. The clip has fair audio quality and presents one of the most important blues players with his band live on stage.
Albert King plays with a personal way of putting the strings of the guitar: he’s got the high e-string on the top (upside down) so he can play very cool bends. Listen to the blues guitar solos of Albert King whenever you can, he plays the traditional blues with a lot of soul, getting funky …
Blues musicians dont compare each other, they play the blues because they love it and they have something to say. They don’t want to be better than the other ones! Actually, this applies to almost all musicians. However, there are a few out there who pretend to be better than the rest, well being better than the rest of the guitar players for example still is a personal and therefor subjective point of view. Instead, musicians know that if they have something to say, they will be heard by their fellow musicians.