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Dixieland Jazz


Dixieland jazz is music that is centered on polyphonic melodies.

Jerry Roll Morton’s 1929 “Freakish” is a good example. Polyphony survives in a small group within a big band and is performed more or less as part of the nightly stage.

Selected bands in the band, including Tommy Dorsey’s Cranbake Seven, have satisfied the elderly audience. The last big band on stage with a Dixieland group is the Lawrence Welk Orchestra.

Also not often mentioned in the history of jazz, the re-emergence has been repeated at all times.

The Dixieland revival began in the early 1940s and was represented by a large number of young musicians in an older generation style.

Swing Jazz


The swing jazz band is modeled after a marching band, with a saxophone (lead), trumpet and trombone sections.

The sections are musically devised, responding independently of each other, or creating an ensemble as a single body. The saxophone section is the core of the swing band, consisting of alto, tenor and baritone saxophones with different ranges, as well as a choir divided into audio parts. The most common knitting is 2 altos, 1 to 2 tenor, 1 baritone.

For a swing band, it is often the part that expresses your personality. You have a surprisingly free idea of ​​what sound to make.

The history of the swing era is divided into two parts. The first period from 1924 to 1932, the previous swing period, and the second period from the middle of the 1950s to the 1960s.

Each is distinguished by the size of the band and the relationship between the voices, the phrasing of the swing and the maturity of the rhythm, and the expressiveness of the soloist who has grown and refined his personality.

However, during the Great Recession from 30 to 32 years, the number of records made was very small, so there was little recorded evidence to tell the story.

Latin Jazz


It is jazz developed in the 1940s. It is played mainly in Latin percussions, such as Congo, Bongo, and Timbales.

Generally, music called Latin jazz refers to Afro-Cuban jazz evolved from Cuba.

Just as Bossa Nova of Brazilian jazz was born from the fusion of American modern jazz, new Latin music creation is expected in the future.

Funk Jazz


Some soul music is called funk. Funk is derived from Congo-language lu-fuki, rather than the English word “frightened” or “dreadful,” and it can absorb sweat and body odor when performing or performing something well. It is a word to praise.

 Funk jazz is a repetitive bass form, drums that emphasize violently on the second and fourth beats of the bar (hi-hat cymbals are closed with these beats, following clapping), with clear melodies. Features simple harmony.

As a result, the sound is closer to gospel music than rhythm and blues.

Bebop (Modern Jazz)


Bebop was music born during World War II, and many of its major performers had no military experience, but strikes, racism and various discriminations, and economic inequity. And they experienced living the homefront.

Many of the first black musicians who played Bebop came from the west and southwest, and their music developed under local culture and political climate.

Bebop’s band takes the form of a small knitting combo. They often play one unison with a trumpet and a saxophone.

Its purpose wasn’t solely for nightclub dancers and floor shows, nor was playing for the pop market.

Bebop’s melody phrases aren’t simply phrasing for pop singers or swing riff melodies (where the bar-by-measure phrases are arranged in a similar tone and balance). It is long and has few repetitions. Moreover, it has an uneven structure and irregular sound arrangement.

During this time, young singers such as Babbs Gonzales, Jo Carroll, and Sarah Vaughan brought the tradition of scat-style to the bebop style, rethinking the sound of the bebop rhythms and elegance.

Mode Jazz


 Mode jazz in the 1960s picked up pop songs and used boldly simplified chord progressions. Jazz is composed and played based on one scale or one or two chords.

There were even more minimalist performers, improvising with one chord, using a single note, a sustained bass (drone), or a repetitive form called a vamp.

Free Jazz


As jazz evolved, the musical arrangements musicians had to make in advance were minimal. Free jazz was first heard on the lower east side of Manhattan in the United States, a new town for musicians who had settled in the early 1960s.

Free jazz was very diverse music. Some screamed and argued, faced with newly electro-amplified rock music, and some surprisingly quiet and non-amplified chamber music. They used their bodies hard and appealed to their emotions.

Some amateur musicians were there, and the amateur spirit was cherished. Despite bringing a fresh sensation to the music, many free jazz players had the skills to represent them at the time.

Free jazz was open to all kinds of musical expressions without prejudice and did not give an easy characterization of such music.

At first, it was called “new thing”, followed by the term “free jazz”, taking into account the spirit of this era, that is, the political actions for human liberation and utopian idealism spread throughout the country.

New values ​​have been introduced to clarify the development and departure from jazz, with the most important being energy, spirituality, spirituality, metaphysics, freedom (freedom, liberation). It was drawn from the area of ​​concern.

Free jazz has rapidly expanded the musical expression of musicians around the world, especially in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, where the word freedom has become a lively sound and has become a means of releasing itself.

Contemporary Jazz


Jazz, called contemporary jazz such as smooth jazz and light jazz, has evolved into fusion from one of the music genres of radio programs, transforming traditional easy-listening radio tunes with crisp rhythms and clear melody music.

It’s music that’s hard to understand and has no ethnicity. In most cases, nothing is surprising, and it’s difficult to distinguish between different performers. However, playing with professional skill, many of the recordings satisfy Audiomania’s keen hearing.

How to listen and enjoy music

alphacolor-66JMudIjDTw-unsplash In order to understand music, you should have  knowledge of music. However, no matter how much knowledge you accumulate, you must have the experience of listening directly with your ears.

 Even if you don’t have any knowledge or know the composer or title of the work, if you can feel the impression by listening to the song itself, you can say that the person is a good comprehension.

 In order to understand music, you must first humble your heart and listen enthusiastically with your own ears, and experience listening to the flow of sound without snooping into the expression of sound. It is also necessary to repeat and encounter such music as many times as possible.

Music and sound effects


If you use music for commercials, you need to answer the following questions:

・Will the music help increase the power of the commercials?

Isn’t it okay with just words?

In other words, it is better not to use music unnecessarily. The role of music is the separation and background of commercials, develops commercial scenes and emphasizes sales points. This is also true for sound effects. In other words, it is important to use sound effects that have some meaning.

 Sound effects can be broadly divided into natural sounds and artificial sounds. Natural sounds are literally natural sounds that can be used as they are if the product produces sound. Of course, you can also use natural sounds to set the scene.