JAZZIZ Time Capsule: 1970s Big Band

JAZZIZ Time Capsule playlists dial back the years to a specific point on the jazz timeline. Today’s destination: the 1970s, a decade of bell bottoms, big hair and even bigger bands. In jazz, fusion was all the rage, but just below that frequency, big bands were having themselves a renaissance. Not only were the famous orchestras of Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington still swinging,  but ensembles led by the likes of trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and drummer Buddy Rich were capturing the attention of broader audiences by incorporating elements of funk, rock and, yes, even disco into their hard-grooving repertoires.

At the same time, left-of-center jazz innovators like Charles Mingus and Don Ellis were conducting their own big band experiments by applying the spirit of free-jazz to the structures of the traditional jazz orchestra, producing mind-bending results in the process. This playlist has a taste of it all. Keep on keepin’ on, listeners.

Listen on:

Give It One
Maynard Ferguson
M.F. Horn Two

Bundle O’Funk
Count Basie
Prime Time

Nuttville
Buddy Rich
The Roar Of ’74

Macarthur Park
Maynard Ferguson
M.F. Horn, Volume 1

America Drinks And Goes Home
Woody Herman
Thundering Herd

Whiplash
Don Ellis
Soaring

Time For A Change
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
Kenton ’76

Blues For New Orleans
Duke Ellington
New Orleans Suite

The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
Charles Mingus
Let My Children Hear Music

Body and Soul
Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra
The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra: In Europe

Groovin’ Hard
Buddy Rich
Keep The Customer Satisfied

Ahunk Ahunk
The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra
Consummation

Do It To It
Doc Severinsen
Brand New Thing

Castles Made Of Sand – Alternate Take
The Gil Evans Orchestra
Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix

Hey Jude
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
Live At Redlands University

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