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    Posted: 12 Nov 2022 at 10:36am
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is a much better vocalist than many would give him credit for. Check out this Monkees tune that pays tribute to Mose Allison and James Brown.



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Pat Boone may be the most un-swinging guy ever, and I'm sure having him cover Metallica was mostly for kitsch value, but the big surpise is that this really swings ... and rocks.

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Mostly known as a hard rock band, the members of Deep Purple all had jazz chops, particularly the Jimmy Smith influenced organist, Jon Lord. Check out his solo on this instrumental blues number.



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One more from Jon Lord and Deep Purple, nothing lazy about this performance and check out Jon's jazzy intro.


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Kool and the Gang became known mostly for being a pop dance band, but that is not how they started out. Check out this space jazz track called "Rated X", from early in their career:

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Much like Kool and his gang, Earth Wind and Fire started as a jazz fusion band before eventually becoming a pop band. This is "Africano", a scorching hot jam from their 1975 live album.



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"Black Tie White Noise" is one of David Bowie's best albums, yet it barely gets noticed. This album took on some influence from the acid jazz scene of the day, for instance this instrumental featuring Lester Bowie on trumpet and David on baritone sax called "Looking for Lester".



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More 'space jazz' from Kool & the Gang:




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Eternal cornball Paul Anka turns in a swingin performance of an overplayed teen 'sensation'. You gotta dig the enunciations.

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Although usually known for his classically influenced keyboard work on art pop and prog rock records, on this track Rick Wakeman delivers an intense workout on the Hammond B3:

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Stevie Wonder's jazz influences are only obvious, but how many have ever heard this fusion blast called "Contusion". The link below takes you to a live version of the song, which is followed by some of his more well known hits.

 

 
Here is the original studio version:



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Gentle Giant is playing a live show when they have an electrical failure. Recovering quickly, they break into an acoustic version of "Sweet Georgia Brown".




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Glen Campbell is mostly known for his 70s pop and country songs, and his fisticuffs with law officers, but he is also one hell of a jazz guitarist.



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Roy Clark is another country guitarist with formidable jazz chops. In this video he duets with Joe Pass, there are a few disruptive  conversational breaks in the early part of the video, but after that its all music.

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Hey hey, its Micky Dolenz again, this time totally revamping the Monkees hit, "I'm a Believer" with jazz/RnB duo, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger. The backup singers are probably the famous gospel group, The Ward Singers, as they were also musical guests on this very bizarre TV special called "33 and 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee". The show ends with a chaotic free jazz blow out with Julie, Brian, The Buddy Miles Express and The Monkees.
The irony of having well known gospel singers repeat the line, "Now I'm a Believer", was probably not lost on anyone, or so one would think.







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^ Okay, here is the closing to the show mentioned in the above post. It starts off with Mike Nesmith singing "Listen to the Band", but as Brian Auger, July Driscoll and the Buddy Miles Express join in, things get increasingly chaotic. At its peak, this 'jam' recalls Sun Ra in the early 70s. Within the frantic activity, listen for Peter Tork playing "Solfeggio" on the clavinet and Davy Jones singing "Show Me the Way to Go Home". Hard to believe this actually played on mainstream TV in the US.

If some of you find Julie Driscoll's vocal histrionics on here familiar, thats because in a few years after this TV special, Julie will leave Auger's band and marry English free jazz pianist, Keith Tippets, and then join him in his massive avant-garde jazz ensemble, Centipede. When Centipede records the album "Septober Energy", it will provide a new avenue for Julie and her vocalizations. 





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Much like the aforementioned Stevie Wonder, the jazz influences in the music of ELP were obvious, one of their more remarkable efforts in that direction is this delicious slice of exotica future jazz from their first album.




This multi-tracked piano workout is from the same album:



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Although they became a very popular slick funk band in the mid 70s, The Ohio Players started out as an old school RnB and soul jazz group. Here are some instrumentals from their early days:






Also, check out this amazing vocal performance on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Apparently this was played at Judy Garland's funeral.






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Eddie Harris free form jamming with members of Yes, plus Stevie Winwood and Arthur Lee?!?  Yes, it happened on Eddie's "EH in the UK". More a curious novelty than a truly successful endeavor, it takes a long time for these guys to find a groove, but Chris Squire certainly gave it his best effort. 

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Micky Dolenz singing an old Monkees song in Indo-fusion style?   Hear it now and believe it later.





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