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Music Post: When non-classical musicians go longhair – Howzit …



Since I had no formal musical training and grew up listening to my father’s jazz records, it’s understandable that I came to the classicals through the Swingle Singers and the Jacques Loussier Trio, which in turn led me to …

Russell Roberts‘s insight:

"Howard’s Day Off" on KHPR’s early Saturday morning programming is a real treat.  His approach to classical music through jazz interpretations is quite fascinating.  One album I highly recommend is the "Royal Beatleworks Music" arranged and conducted by classical conductor Joshua Rifkin on Nonesuch Records.  I remember playing this recording, plus others by Wendy Carlos ("Switched on Bach") and the Swingle Singlers when I was a dj on UH-Manoa’s KTUH-FM from 1973 to 1975.  The fusion of jazz and classical music is a never ending adventure in sound.  Another recording I recommend is "Stone", a celtic choral work by Sir Paul McCartney.  Yes, one of the founders of the "Beatles" can and does compose serious music. Even jazz flautist Herbie Mann has done a few classical works…as Count Basie one said:  "If it sounds good, it is good."  Aloha, Russ.

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