Monday, March 08, 2010

Japanese Modern Jazz Opera

For those few of you who have not yet cyber-stumbled upon this astonishing vocasurrealese Youtube post. Plus, it bears re-viewing even if you seen it before.

This insightful radio commentary explains what it's all about. Once you are at "The World" page, hit the arrow at the top of the page on the left hand side, right under "2010." Got that?

1 comment:

YouWeird Tube said...

i just wanted to thank you so much for this video and also your incredible YouTube channel. I think I've been camping out there lately, and have definitely not been shy about reposting links from the crossdressing jazz pianist and groucho to this gem.

if you happen to be on facebook, that is where I've posted those last two mentioned. and this video is a personal favorite of mine.

here are the links and the description in full should you not be able to find me:

Bird Miles Monk Coltrane I'm not kiddin'! This is the best video!
by Mo Rourk (videos)
Japanese Modern Jazz Opera - Simply the best thing I've ever seen

Momotaro: Modern Jazz Opera
Charlie Parker
Kenny Dorham
Miles Davis
Thelonious Monk
Horace Silver
Bill Evans
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
Sonny Rollins
Benny Golson
Bud Powell
Herbie Hancock
Clifford Brown
Charles Mingus
John Coltrane
"Now's The Time"
"Lotus Blossm"
"Blue Monk"
"Sister Sadie"
"Waltz For Debby"
"Blues March"
"Five Spots"
"After Dark"
"Cleopatra's Dream"
"Comin' Home"
"Donna Lee"
"Fables of Faubus"
"'Round Midnight"
"Moment's Notice"
The standard view of Japanese popular culture, at least here in the United States, is that it’s wacky, chaotic and impossible to fathom. That’s the first reaction you might get from a video doing the rounds online. It features actors dressed up as traditional Japanese peasants performing some sort of story to the accompaniment of American jazz standards. Which they sing. With Japanese lyrics...