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MP3 Blue Cranes - Cantus
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Blue Cranes deconstruct Blonde Redhead, David Bazan and Red House Painters

3 MP3 Songs in this album (12:51) !
Related styles: Jazz: Ballroom Dance, Rock: Cowpunk, Type: Instrumental

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"When did people start to view jazz as safe? Most of the great jazz musicians lived on the edges of society, succumbing to heroin addiction, like Charlie Parker, or dying in other unnatural ways, like Chet Bakerâs mysterious plunge from a hotel window. These artists explored the limits of music, at first by using standard, well-known Broadway tunes as platforms for their adventures and later bursting beyond form altogetherâthink Miles Davis with Bitches Brew or John Coltrane with Interstellar Space. Now jazz is simply something your crazy, half-deaf grandfather rants on about orâworseâelevator music. Personally I blame Kenny G for destroying the reputation of jazz, but I tend to prefer simple explanations for complex societal and cultural changes.

Thankfully, a few folks under the age of 65 still carry the torch for real jazz. Blue Cranes, a quintet from Portland, Oregon, play jazz infused with an indie aesthetic. Their latest EP, Cantus Firmus, features covers of three decidedly non-jazz tunes, including Blonde Redheadâs âHated Because of Great Qualities.â The band preserves the contemplative feel of the original and uses the open space to explore the melody with solos and harmonized saxophones. You wonât be hearing this version when youâre put on hold calling the Buy More and that brings a warm glow to my heart."

-Greg Duncan, Cover Me Blog (

"Blue Cranesâ latest disc, Observatories, isnât just one of the best jazz releases out of Portland this year, itâs one of the best releases out of Portland this yearâor any year, for that matter. A deep, beautifully composed and then radically deconstructed effort, it rocks harder than most rock albums and says more than most singer-songwritersâwithout any words at all. I realize that, for some people, âjazzâ is a dirty wordâeven the Blue Cranes themselves avoid throwing it aroundâbut the Cranesâ music throws back to an envelope-pushing era when âjazzâ could mean just about anything. Thereâs Mingus and Coltrane in hereâeven if thereâs also a bit of Bazan and Kozelek, two songwriters the Cranes cover (the Bazan cut, âHarmless Sparks,â is especially full of life) on their new EP, Cantus Firmus. Thereâs nothing forced about these pop coversâthey seem to flow out of the Cranes just as easily as their epic original tunes."

-Casey Jarman, Willamette Week (Portland)

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