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mr.freeman
hello everyone! I recently fell in love with Jazz music, so I was wondering if there's any artist/band making some (experimental?) jazz using modulars, or something similar. you know, something different from electronic or prog music...
(I know could sound stupid)
also non-modular related experimental jazz music is welcome

TY

This is fun!
maurice
hmmm..... Steevio ? very housey, but I call it jazz

Blingley
While it might or might not be modular, Katharsis by Czesław Niemen is wonderful. It's somewhere between avant-garde jazz and just plain experimental electronics. And it's definitely synthy. Here are some choice tracks.

memes_33
chick corea was into modular i think during the return to forever days (although i would say that's as much prog as jazz)

george duke used a lot of modular in the 70's when he was in zappa's band (the jazziest incarnation). don't see a modular per se here- but some crunchy synth noodlin' around 14 mins (with ian underwood complimenting on arp)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKpd0l-O77U
scottmoon
Check out Herbie Handcock's Sextant album. It's got some awesome synth work on it.
Hi5
May not be jazz enough depending on your definition and acceptance of "free" elements

http://peira.bandcamp.com/album/pm13-the-name-by-which-the-world-knows -them

http://peira.bandcamp.com/album/pm07-hot-choice

http://peira.bandcamp.com/album/pm16-without-titles
scottmoon
http://youtu.be/FtX2kQYlAOk

This is over 40 years ago. Funny how things don't change.
memes_33
Oh man- completely forgot about zawinul/weather report! Definitelycrosses the boreder into cheese-dom sometimes, but an extraordinary collection of musicians.

On the newer side, i bet jamie saft fucks wit some modular.
jarvis
More on the experimental/free side, but contrabass clarinet and synths sound mighty nice together.

jarvis
Also check out Gil Mellé

Tome IV was from '68 and had some hand-made electronic bits sprinkled in. He also made the all-synthesized soundtrack for the movie Andromeda Strain, but that is not what I would consider jazz..

turin horsey
Don't know specifics as to what they used at the time but the Weather Report are noted for their incorporation of electronic components, I Sing the Body Electric (1971 and quite lovely) is their most noted, very cool album cover.

mr.freeman
ty all, keep going applause thumbs up
hangovercat
Zawinul was big into the 2600 for sure. IIRC he had two, one of which he occasionally inverted the keyboard on so he could play crazy mirrored stuff with both hands. Such a monster. Also check out Night Passage for their great cover of Ellington's Rockin' In Rhythm, and of course Heavy Weather for the seminal Birdland.

I don't know if he's used any modular stuff on his albums but John Medeski has been very vocally anti-digital in interviews. Not sure if that's changed over the years. But he's a heavy, heavy player in any case.

mr.freeman
Hi5 wrote:
May not be jazz enough depending on your definition and acceptance of "free" elements

http://peira.bandcamp.com/album/pm13-the-name-by-which-the-world-knows -them

http://peira.bandcamp.com/album/pm07-hot-choice

http://peira.bandcamp.com/album/pm16-without-titles


really nice! thanks
mr.freeman
hangovercat wrote:
Zawinul was big into the 2600 for sure. IIRC he had two, one of which he occasionally inverted the keyboard on so he could play crazy mirrored stuff with both hands. Such a monster. Also check out Night Passage for their great cover of Ellington's Rockin' In Rhythm, and of course Heavy Weather for the seminal Birdland.

I don't know if he's used any modular stuff on his albums but John Medeski has been very vocally anti-digital in interviews. Not sure if that's changed over the years. But he's a heavy, heavy player in any case.



jeez that blown me away eek!
smurphd
Miles from ca. 68-72 no modulars but definetly experimental and plenty of awesome keyboard playing. Live at filmore east featuring both Keith jarrett on Electric organ and Chick corea on Electric piano. Black beauty, Live evil, bitches brew etc.
Also love mahavishnu, herbie hancock and John schofield with medesky Martin and wood. Most is some sort of fusion and not 'pure' jazz
I dont know of any jazz featuring modulars, but i will check out what memes wrote about Chick corea.
Rosaria
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gets jazzy towards the middle:


album is pretty varied, not all songs this jazzy, some more avant-garde, a bit of Mexican music too.
orangehexagon
Jim Baker is a well-established jazz pianist here in Chicago who sometimes uses an ARP 2600.

slavetothesync
Going out on a limb here, and I know Autechre uses some euro gear, but, I have always felt like Autechre mirrors elements of jazz in their music, especially the newest release Exai (pretty sure was all CPU, so +1 electronic jazz -1 Modular Jazz)- it's got a unique swing to it, plays with elements of freeform rhythm, melody and arrangement through different thematic interplay of lead and rhythm instrumentations. There are weird improvisational feeling elements which is hard to achieve with electronics/programming (they've done a very clever thing by often programming a song without ever doing multi-channel playback or dealing with the music in realtime), and often the 'improvisations' are within new elements of music that jazz couldn't have experimented with like sound architecture and track dynamics. Just a thought...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmwW5kBfltk
YellowBlood
WOW, some serious tracks in this thread woah applause
skery
I had a similar thread with some great suggestions in it a few months back...

Jazz with Electronics
milkshake
hangovercat wrote:
Zawinul was big into the 2600 for sure. IIRC he had two, one of which he occasionally inverted the keyboard on so he could play crazy mirrored stuff with both hands. Such a monster. Also check out Night Passage for their great cover of Ellington's Rockin' In Rhythm, and of course Heavy Weather for the seminal Birdland.

I don't know if he's used any modular stuff on his albums but John Medeski has been very vocally anti-digital in interviews. Not sure if that's changed over the years. But he's a heavy, heavy player in any case.



Weather Report used TONTO on Tale Spinnin'
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tale_Spinnin%27
ersatzplanet
The first band I was in right out of college, was a 4-piece jazz quartet. I played my first synth, a VCS3 and an Echoplex. The guitarist plugged into his amp and my synth. I did a lot of "ray guns from mars" stuff (think of it as electronic percussionist) and bent his phrasing and leads with the Echoplex. He got all the credit though. To much of the audience I was "the white guy making weird sounds". Fusion was perfect for abstract synth stuff in the late 70's. Just replace all those bell trees and oddball african percussion drums and sound makers with electronic growls and sweeps and chirps and you got it.

I would love to play abstract in a Jazz band nowadays - my chops are SO much better. I think an electronic abstract sound maker would fit great in a Reggae band too.
Opus110
About a year ago, I was having fun with sequencer + LPG and ended with this little jazzy thing. Crude, but fun.

Drums added in Ableton.

https://soundcloud.com/spectral-archives/midnight-jam
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