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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Just Like Bob Dylan the jazz fan....

Bob Dylan - Murder Most Foul

Posts regarding Mr Dylan on this blog have had a mixed reception over the years, however most reasonable music fans will recognise that he has a deep knowledge of musical styles which have influenced his approach to song-writing and performing. As we approach his 79th birthday (24th May, if you want to send a card) it is worth noting that he has released two new songs which are his first original compositions since the album Tempest in 2012. The first, 'Murder Most Foul', is a 17 minute epic using the assassination of President Kennedy as a jumping off point for a reflection on the social and cultural changes brought about by the 1960s.; and the second, 'I Contain Multitudes', which name checks a small Irish village, Anne Frank, The Rolling Stones, Indiana Jones, Edgar Alan Poe, Beethoven and Chopin.

However it is the first song that I think is of most interest to jazz fans who will already know that in Chronicles, his 'autobiography', Dylan mentions meeting Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor and other jazz greats in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. The song 'Murder Most Foul' mentions many different types of musicians but includes a selection of jazz musicians and GAS book songs and performers.

In the song the narrator (maybe JFK) asks the 1950s/60s DJ Wolfman Jack to play him some songs:

     Play me a song Wolfman Jack
     Play it for me in my long Cadillac
     ....
     Play Oscar Peterson, play Stan Getz
     Play 'Blue Sky', play Dickie Betts
     Play Art Pepper, Thelonious Monk
     Charlie Parker and all that junk
     All that junk and 'All That Jazz'
     Play something for the Birdman of Alcatraz
     ...
     Play Nat King Cole, play 'Nature Boy'
     Play 'Down in the Boondocks' for Terry Malloy
     ...
     Play 'Merchant of Venice', play Merchants of Death
     Play 'Stella by Starlight' for Lady Macbeth
     ...
     Play 'Misty' for me, and 'That Old Devil Moon'
     Play 'Anything Goes' and 'Memphis in June'
     ...
     Play Jelly Roll Morton, Play 'Lucille'
     Play 'Deep in a Dream', and play 'Driving Wheel'
     ...
     Play 'Love Me or Leave Me' by the great Bud Powell
     Play 'The Blood-stained Banner', play 'Murder Most Foul'.

JC

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