The Sun Ra Arkestra Performing Shadow World in a Concert in West Berlin

This video presents one of the most important free jazz groups ever: the Sun Ra Arkestra. They are playin a concert in West Berlin and performing the song Shadow World. It is not clear when this concert was recorded but the black and white pictures suggest it was in the late 1960s when german television still recorded and transmitted in black and white.
Sun Ra was always regarded as an excentric musician and many people have no access to this kind of music, they even say it is no music at all or that all musicians are fake, that they can’t play their instruments. However, this is not true. All musicians in the Sun Ra Arkestra were excellent on their instrument but just had no wish to play in the well known mainstream, repeating standard tunes and performing what everybody could accept. It is a fact that such great jazz musicians as John Coltrane took a couple of saxophone playing lessons from the sax player who appears in this video, John Gilmore might be his name, leave a comment if you know better.
The band was really avantgarde, watch that at the end they even come up with some rap – in the late sixties !

Philly Joe Jones Performing a Drum Solo

In this video you can see and listen to a drum solo performed by one of the early jazz drummers named Philly Joe Jones. The occasion this solo was played was on a concert of the Miles Davis Group. Philly Joe Jones has also played with the Sun Ra Orchestra.

Walk Spirit Talk Spirit Performed by McCoy Tyner Trio Plus Sax

This video clip features bandleader McCoy Tyner on piano, Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums, Gerald Cannon on the accoustic bass and guest saxophone player Gary Bartz on the alto saxophone.
McCoy Tyner is one of the most impressive jazz piano players with a musical background that includes playing with the legendary tenor saxophone master John Coltrane. The John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums has recorded some of the best known jazz standard tunes of music history, among them My Favourite Things.
In this video, McCoy Tyner is an old guy who plays with maturity and taste while providing an interesting harmonic base for the imporvisations of Gary Bartz on the alto saxophone. The double bass solo by Gerald Cannon is also very interesting. Funny, it reminds me the classic hard rock song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple in some parts.
This video only shows the first nine and a half minutes of the song, you can go to youtube and look for the second part which lasts about another four and a half minutes and includes a drum solo by Eric Kamau Gravatt.

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?

The Fabulosos Cadillacs Performing their Hit Mal Bicho

This video clip features the band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs performing Mal bicho, one of their most known hits, live on stage in a concert. The band performs an interesting mix of rap with latin elements like the congas and the use of the brass section, as well as the overall latin rhythm.

Here are the lyrics of this song in spanish language, it deals about discrimination, social differentiation and peace for the world:

Vos que andás diciendo
que hay mejores y peores
Vos que andás diciendo
que se debe hacer
Vos que andás diciendo
que hay mejores y peores
Vos que andás diciendo
que se debe hacer
Escucha lo que canto,
Pero no confundir!
Es de Paz lo que canto.
Que me hablás de privilegios
de una raza soberana
Superiores, Inferiores
Minga de Poder!
Como se te ocurre
que algunos son elegidos
y otros son para el descarte
Ambiciones de Poder

Es malo tu destino
Que marcó tu camino?
La canción que es valiente
Es canción para siempre.

Como dijo mi abuela:
“Aquí el que no corre vuela”
Y en el Planeta son tantos
Como pueden ser tantos?
En la escuela nos enseñan a memorizar
Fechas de batallas
Pero que poco nos enseñan de Amor
¡Discriminar!, eso no esta nada bien
Ante los ojos de Dios Todos somos iguales
Sos el que hace las guerras
Dicta falsas condenas
El que ama la violencia
Que no tiene conciencia (nunca piensa, nunca piensa,
no cuida ni su alma, ¡Mambo!)

¡Mal bicho!
Todos te dicen que sos
Mal bicho
Así es como te ves
Mal Bicho
… 3x

¿Por qué vas lastimando
a quién se ve distinto?
Imponiendo Posturas
Siempre con mano dura.

¡Mal bicho!
Todos te dicen que sos
Mal bicho
Así es como te ves
Mal Bicho
¡Mal bicho!
… 3x

Vos tenés pal’ Abrigo
Otros mueren de frío
Sos el que anda matando
El que va torturando…

¡Mal bicho!
Todos te dicen que sos
Mal bicho
Así es como te ves
Mal Bicho

– Sí

Yo no voy
A la guerra
A la violencia
A la injusticia
Ni a su codicia…

Digo NO!!!
Paz en el mundo!!

Choir of the Opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi Performed by the National Opera of Paris

Watch this video of the famous choir music composition “Va pensiero sull ‘ali dorate” from the opera Nabucco composed by italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. This recording is from 1979 and features the Choir of the National Theatre from the Opera of Paris conducted by Nello Santi.
Giuseppe Verdi is the best know italian composer of opera music, however, music was not his only talent, he also was a politician and became an elected senator in the italian parliament after the triumph of the revolution against Austria.
The opera Nabucco was performed for the first time in 1842 and made Giuseppe Verdi famous all over Europe for the beauty of its music, while in Italy the opera became famous too because of the political message it contains: the singing of the oppressed people who desire freedom, represented here by the choir of the jews. For this reason the choir you can listen to in this video clip has become the anthem of the oppressed people from all over the world.
In the opera Nabucco one can observe Verdi’s pertinence to the epoche of romanticism. The opera also features beautifull arias and more choir passages that are worth listening to.
This composition has also been used in many movie pictures.

Muddy Waters Performing the Blues

This video features Muddy Waters performing a blues. The video itself has no moving pictures, just one fixed photo of Muddy Waters performing. However, the music is still sounding and you can listen to Muddy Waters singing as well as playing the guitar and blues harp.
The legendary guitar hero Jimi Hendrix said once that he decided to learn to play the guitar after he had listened to Muddy Waters performing some blues. Jimi admired Muddy, and vice versa.
Here are the lyrics of this tune which might be a problem for some overcontrolling minds, since Muddy Waters defends not only the use of alcohol but also the use marihuana for personal relaxation. Maybe that isn’t so shocking anymore when you consider that on February 6, 2009, the White House declared: “DEA Raids in Medical Marijuana States Will Stop“. Of course, there is a long way between issuing an order (as Obama did) and the practice.

Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Well you know when I’m lonely
Bring my woman set her right down here by my side.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know it’s good for your head
And it relax your body don’t you know.

Everytime I get high
I lay my head down on my baby’s breast.
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin’ to take my rest.
Well you know she done hug and kiss me
Says Muddy your one man that I love the best.

I’m gonna get high
Gonna get high just as sure as you know my name.
Y’know I’m gonna get so high this morning
It’s going to be a cryin’ shame.
Well you know I’m gonna stick with my reefer
Ain’t gonna be messin’ round with no cocaine.

Blues Legend Big Bill Broonzy Performing Hey Hey

This video features the great blues guitar legend Big Bill Broonzy (born as William Lee Conley Broonzy) performing the tune Hey Hey. Even though Big Bill Broonzy is not very well known, he has recorded about 350 songs! The guitar player and singer gained a certain popularity with his small band as one of the first blues singers who included a bass and drums in his performances. The band was called Big Bill and his Chicago Five.
Big Bill Broonzy was born in the state of Missisipi in 1893 or 95 and lived until 1958. When he moved to Chicago, he began to play the guitar and soon began playing clubs and participating in recording sessions. His playing is in the folk blues tradition and despite the fact that in the 40s he had begun to experiment with the electric guitar, he returned to his classical picking style and singing, mostly because his audience wanted so because it seemed more authentic to them.
Big Bill Broonzy has recorded with musicians like Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, among others. He has been a source of inspiration to other blues giants as Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim.
In this video Big Bil Broonzy shows his personal picking style that the mostly white audiences wanted him to play.