The Handwritten Blueprint For A Musical Masterpiece

Before music becomes music—before it's played by musicians—it's just ink on a page. Some compositions require a great deal of ink and a lot of pages, hundreds of carefully-drawn notes bound into massive tomes of score-paper. And yet it's worth remembering that some of the greatest compositions of all time were born of… » 9/23/13 10:30pm 9/23/13 10:30pm

Rest In Peace, Dave Brubeck

Today, the world lost one of the greats: Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died at the age of 91. Among his many musical achievements, Brubeck was the man behind the iconic jazz record Time Out, a collection of odd-meter compositions best known for the famous tune "Take Five." Time Out experimented with… » 12/05/12 10:30pm 12/05/12 10:30pm

Miles Davis Hated Everything

Jazz trumpet genius Miles Davis had a lot of things going for him. He had a unique musical intelligence, an unparalleled instinct for musical innovation, and a reserved sense of compositional control that set his music apart from the many trumpeters of his day. And yet when you asked people to list his positive… » 7/19/12 8:45pm 7/19/12 8:45pm

A Listener's Guide to the Music of Kids on the Slope

And so with one last musical interlude, Shinichirō Watanabe's marvelous anime Kids on the Slope concluded its 12-episode run. Kids was something truly special—a nostalgic, dream-like tribute to friendship, love, and the mysterious power of music. » 7/05/12 9:00pm 7/05/12 9:00pm

From The Creators of Cowboy Bebop, a Dreamlike Ode to Youth, Love and…

I was a band kid in high school. (This is probably not a surprise to readers of Kotaku Melodic.) I tried on a lot of hats in middle school—I tried being an athlete, tried being a brain, tried being involved in student government. But it was in the jazz band that I found a home. » 5/31/12 8:00pm 5/31/12 8:00pm

Growing the Jazz Audience 'Can't Be Done.' Maybe That's Okay?

Look, I'm under no illusions about jazz music's unpopularity. I grew up playing jazz, went to school to study jazz, made a living as a jazz musician for a while out of school. Jazz is beautiful, jazz is the best. And people, by and large, don't care about it at all. » 5/24/12 8:30pm 5/24/12 8:30pm

Michel Camilo's Big Band Was So Caliente It Nearly Caught Fire

Here's one for all the fans of latin music—pianist Michel Camilo is a far cry from the mellow melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim » 4/26/12 8:15pm 4/26/12 8:15pm… but that's okay. Sometimes music just has to kick ungodly amounts of ass.

A Hidden Gem on the Greatest Jazz Album of All Time

It's widely held that Miles Davis' 1959 album Kind of Blue » 3/29/12 8:15pm 3/29/12 8:15pm is the greatest jazz album of all time. I believe that in some jazz style-manual or another, it is actually required that people who write or talk about it refer to it as a "seminal."

Super Meat Boy Blowing a Hadoken Through a Saxophone!

Did that headline get your attention? Good, because you should go and read this super-cool piece by Kill Screen's Lana Polansky about mechanics, practice, saxophone, jazz, and Street Fighter. (It also features the amazing illustration above, drawn by Daniel Purvis.) » 12/20/11 9:30pm 12/20/11 9:30pm

The Skyrim Theme Becomes Elevator Music

Courtesy of the fine folks at Reddit, we've got a video of YouTube user (and pianist) live4divin, who performs a jazz reharmonization of Jeremy Soule's main theme from Skyrim. For non-musicos, reharmonization is when you take an established melody (say, "All The Things You Are") and write new chords to go underneath… » 12/09/11 6:40pm 12/09/11 6:40pm

First Transformers: War For Cybertron DLC Contains All Three Preorder…

Folks who spent up to $100 for War for Cybertron preorder codes on eBay are going to kick themselves, as a listing on the Xbox website for the game's first map pack indicates that all three preorder characters are included. » 7/02/10 1:20pm 7/02/10 1:20pm

'Kind of Bloop' To Jazz Up Chiptunes

Imminent chiptunes compilation project Kind of Bloop asks "What would the pioneers of jazz sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System?" We'll find out soon, when the 8-bit homage to Miles Davis' popular album releases. » 5/13/09 6:40pm 5/13/09 6:40pm