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#2165045 - 10/11/13 09:40 PM Top five favorite non-classical music
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Depending on my mood, the arrangement of this list can change.

So, in no particular order:

- Ray Charles
- Astrud Gilberto
- Led Zeppelin
- Frank Sinatra
- Harry Connick, Jr.

Your turn.

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#2165055 - 10/11/13 10:28 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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- Astor Piazzolla
- Antonio Carlos Jobim
- Scott Joplin
- Joseph Lamb
- The Beatles
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#2165060 - 10/11/13 10:36 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: Whizbang]
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I love Joplin, but I consider him classical the way I consider Gerhswin classical. I believe Joplin thought of himself as a classicalist too.

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#2165073 - 10/11/13 11:15 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Okay, I'll bite. Five non-classical acts which have meant a great deal to me:

Cesaria Evora
Billie Holiday
Tears For Fears
Fats Waller
Jefferson Airplane

Thanks to my mum for introducing me to the Airplane. (She was sorta 'there' at the time, if a bit youngish.)

IMO, the Jefferson Airplane were a lot more sophisticated musically than any of the British invasion bands, with perhaps the exception of Cream. (I realize some still take Sir Mick Jagger and the Stones seriously, though I've never met any educated person who is the least bit impressed by Jagger's masturbatory persona.)
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#2165079 - 10/11/13 11:27 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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- Kansas
- Yes
- Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
- The Beatles
- The Police
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#2165081 - 10/11/13 11:29 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Creedence Clearwater
The BeeGees
Duke Ellington
The Gypsy Kings
Second (or third) the motion for Jobim...

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#2165082 - 10/11/13 11:30 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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If Joplin counts -- or maybe I should say if he doesn't count grin .....then he's on the list:

1. Scott Joplin
2. Frankie Valli/The Four Seasons
3. Leon Redbone (you could say he's not really "music," but whatever he is, he's on here)
4. Loudon Wainwright (ditto perhaps -- he is music, but his main message is something other than music....but maybe that's how it is with any real good music)
5. The Platters

....and like what Joel said, on another day or at another moment, I would have listed others.

Oh.....Victor Borge. smile

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#2165094 - 10/11/13 11:59 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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This is cheating, but the score to the film version of Hello Dolly! would be #6 on my list. Every track is written so well and orchestrated so perfectly. Jerry Herman's harmonic language is amazing.

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#2165097 - 10/12/13 12:10 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Keith Jarrett
Esperanza Spalding
Vince Guaraldi
Peter Kater
Bill Evans

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#2165098 - 10/12/13 12:12 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: Pathbreaker]
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Vince!

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#2165106 - 10/12/13 12:47 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
I love Joplin, but I consider him classical the way I consider Gerhswin classical. I believe Joplin thought of himself as a classicalist too.


Oh, to be sure! He composed a number of pieces that are firmly in the European tradition. Ragtime sits in this no-man's land between light classical music and popular music of the 20th century.

Joplin's music has all of these beautiful details. It's very delicate and all too easy to crush.

Piazzolla, also, is arguably classical. But like Joplin, he's also kind of not. I guess I like the grey zones of instrumental music--but, hrrrrng, Latin sensual rhythmic pulse. I think that's what underlies my tastes. (Hint: please suggest artists)
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#2165107 - 10/12/13 12:49 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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I've been listening to a lot of Peter Mulvey, David Byrne, and TMBG lately.
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#2165108 - 10/12/13 12:54 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: Whizbang]
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Originally Posted By: Whizbang
Ragtime sits in this no-man's land between light classical music and popular music of the 20th century.


His ragtime! wink

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#2165117 - 10/12/13 01:32 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Originally Posted By: Whizbang
Ragtime sits in this no-man's land between light classical music and popular music of the 20th century.


His ragtime! wink


Yah, there's a lot of dreck. frown May be wishful thinking, but I imagine the same is true of Baroque, Classical, Romantic... we've just mostly forgotten those forgettable pieces; whereas, some of the banal ragtime stuff we've now got decent records of.

(Note: Lamb's got pieces that I think can be timeless too. Well, not timeless--since they're tied to a very specific time, but enduring.)
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#2165121 - 10/12/13 02:03 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: Whizbang]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Originally Posted By: Whizbang
Ragtime sits in this no-man's land between light classical music and popular music of the 20th century.


His ragtime! wink


Yah, there's a lot of dreck. frown May be wishful thinking, but I imagine the same is true of Baroque, Classical, Romantic... we've just mostly forgotten those forgettable pieces; whereas, some of the banal ragtime stuff we've now got decent records of.

(Note: Lamb's got pieces that I think can be timeless too. Well, not timeless--since they're tied to a very specific time, but enduring.)


Yeah. It's like when young people today feel that all good music is in the past. They don't realize that there was a LOT of bs back the too, just the good stuff survives the test of time. Same with Classical music too.

I haven't heard much from Lamb, but I listened to one of his pieces a few years ago and got the impression that his music is not as refined as Joplin's.

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#2165125 - 10/12/13 02:19 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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George Gershwin
Frank Sinatra
Cole Porter
Hoagy Carmichael
Fats Waller *


* “His playing once put him at risk of injury. Waller was kidnapped in Chicago leaving a performance in 1926. Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by Al Capone. Waller was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full swing. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. A terrified Waller realized he was the "surprise guest" at Capone's birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters did not intend to kill him. According to rumour, Waller played for three days. When he left the Hawthorne Inn, he was very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips.”

“Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to federal prison ; he was released on parole in 1939. His incarceration included a term at the then - new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted in his youth.
On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.“

regards, btb

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#2165145 - 10/12/13 03:54 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Scott Joplin
Jelly Roll Morton
George Gershwin
Art Tatum
Bill Evans
Dave Brubeck

I could not limit it to five!


M.

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#2165150 - 10/12/13 04:14 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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i don't really have a favourite anything, but for the sake of this thread i enjoy the following:

Soley
Regina Spektor
Sigur Ros
Pink Floyd
Billie Holliday

and so many more, they're just the first to pop into my head!
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#2165238 - 10/12/13 10:58 AM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
I haven't heard much from Lamb, but I listened to one of his pieces a few years ago and got the impression that his music is not as refined as Joplin's.


Here's a beautiful Lamb rag, played quite well, if not perfectly (and not by me).





Edited by Whizbang (10/12/13 10:59 AM)
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#2165261 - 10/12/13 12:18 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Zeppelin
Floyd
Beatles
Evans
the Stones
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#2165267 - 10/12/13 01:01 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
Zeppelin
Floyd
Beatles
Evans
the Stones


I could hang out with you.

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#2165269 - 10/12/13 01:08 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Bill Jones (English folk singer)
Kate Rusby (English folk singer)
David Gazarov (jazz pianist from Baku)
Giorgio Gaslini (Italian jazz pianist)
....and a few (very few) pop songs by John Lennon, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, ABBA, Elton John, Bee Gees and John Denver.

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#2165285 - 10/12/13 01:47 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Frank Zappa
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
Miles Davis
The Beatles

So immensely difficult to distill it to 5.

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#2165288 - 10/12/13 01:56 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: The Hound]
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Originally Posted By: The Hound
Frank Zappa
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
Miles Davis
The Beatles

So immensely difficult to distill it to 5.


I could hang out with you too. And yes, that's the game!

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#2165396 - 10/12/13 07:05 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead...


Edited by nlehrer (10/12/13 07:10 PM)

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#2165398 - 10/12/13 07:13 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Dead Can Dance
Yoko Kanno
Massive Attack
Orbital
The Gathering
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#2165403 - 10/12/13 07:29 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: Michael Sayers]
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Originally Posted By: Michael Sayers
Scott Joplin
Jelly Roll Morton
George Gershwin
Art Tatum
Bill Evans
Dave Brubeck

I could hang out with you!

Have you heard Fred Hersch, or (non-piano) Flora Purim?
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#2165417 - 10/12/13 08:23 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Leonard Cohen
Astor Piazolla
Carlos Jobim
The Submarines (band)
Beatles

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#2165428 - 10/12/13 09:00 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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Bob Dylan
Jimi Hendrix
Led Zeppelin
Janis Joplin
Cream
Leonard Cohen
The Beatles
The Who
Simon & Garfunkel
Peter, Paul, and Mary

Yeah, I know it's more than 5, and yeah, I know I'm stuck in the 60s. So sue me. laugh

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#2165470 - 10/12/13 10:59 PM Re: Top five favorite non-classical music [Re: JoelW]
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In other news, Old Man sued in class action lawsuit, forced to listen to Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.
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