“Kids on the slope”, praising the Jazz genre and Miles Davis makes me cry

You know. I’m a avid jazz fan. The last few years, i’ve really gotten into some of the classics and some of the new stuff, and i just can’t get enough of it, quite fankly.
The woman who put the jazz seed in my brain was Keiko Matsui, a new Japanese jazz artist who adds some touches of hiphop (Or rather, R&B or bebop. Not sure about differences in sub-genre) to her songs, as well as some sweet sweet piano and sax. The songs that started it all were called “Dream walk” and “Garden”:

Two very relaxing and just awesome songs. I discovered those two songs around the age of 18, and years later, when i got to around 22 or so, i started listening to more of her songs. “Night hawk’s dream”, “precious time” and “across the sun” to name a few. Not having enough with just her, i instantly went to the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mingus, and so on and so forth. I cried the first time i heard “Flamenco sketches”. I mean, the amount of soul that man put in one song, and what it makes me feel, is just unreal. Talk about a great artist. Miles Davis:

I’ve also expanded my Japanese jazz artists. Mostly things i’ve gotten from anime which has used jazz as its soundtrack. Lupin III and Cowboy bebop are some of the more recent. Treasures of time is fucking amazing, and i could listen to that all day:

And that’s where “Kids on the slope” comes in. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks like quite the unique little anime series. It’s about some kids in a small town who play jazz, and the anime seem to be centered around that. To quote a youtube comment (Yes, a youtube comment)

Something that blew my mind about this show:

Almost every major conflict between characters was resolved through playing music together. Not dialogue. The act of playing music amplified their points of view more than words ever could. Watanabe and the writers knew this, and they used it too such a powerful effect. Good writing is about showing, not telling, which is very rare in a lot of anime. This shit made me cry.

That comment, as well as some other things i’ve heard about that series made me more interested in it, and i really want to watch it. I haven’t really watched any animes in years though, so i guess i’ll have to try to get into the swing of doing so again sometime soon so that i can watch “Kids on the slope”.


That’s a pretty bad-ass scene, and i don’t even understand the context yet

Japanese artists, American artists and a whole lot of soul. Jazz just hits the spot for me, and i hope i’ve been able to hit your spot with this post too. Maybe you found some great pieces you like on here, or something else that i didn’t mention. And really, i’ve only scratched the surface of what’s out there. But Jazz is just awesome! So it’s worth exploring artists out there.

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