21

Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

Alan Bryson By

Sign in to view read count
The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true "ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's music was much better suited to the surfers' incredible aesthetics, athletics, and the resulting excitement.

It struck me that it might be an interesting experiment to edit together some video clips from GoPro commercials and add some jazz music as a soundtrack. Because the GoPro clips included skiing, snow boarding, canoeing, mountain biking, and surfing, it turned out to be considerably more challenging than just working with conventional wave riding clips. Such steady long distance shots, filmed from the beach using a tripod, can even work well with something like "So What" by Miles Davis.

Number "1" is the original video with the most effective music I could find. For me an interesting by-product of this exercise was the realization of how powerfully music influences what we are watching, and conversely how visual stimulation affects our perception of music. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to offer a list, to allow you to experience how music affects the video. I imagine some of you will have some other and likely better ideas. By all means paste your top YouTube clip in the comments section.

1. Barbara Dennerlein



For videos 2 through 10, mute and replay the original video above and then play another clip from below to experience the difference.

2. John McLaughlin



3. Derek Trucks



4. Carlos Santana



5. Herbie Mann



6. Billy Cobham



7. Jimmy Smith



8. Ronny Jordan



9. Tal Wilkenfeld



10. Oz Noy

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Organ Boogie

Organ Boogie

Barbara Dennerlein
Bebabaloo

Funkish

Funkish

Barbara Dennerlein
Love Letters

Top Ten List
Talking 2 Musicians
Talkin' Blues
Live Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
 

Change Of Pace

Polygram Distribution
2006

buy
The Best of Barbara Dennerlein

The Best of Barbara...

Verve Music Group
2006

buy
 

Spiritual Movement...

Polygram Distribution
2002

buy
 

Love Letters

Polygram Distribution
2001

buy
 

Outhipped

Verve Music Group
2000

buy
 

Outhipped

Polygram Distribution
1999

buy

Related Articles

Top Ten List
Top Ten Christmas Jazz Recordings Of All-Time
By Ken Hohman
December 24, 2018
Read Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music Top Ten List
Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music
By Alan Bryson
March 1, 2017
Top Ten List
Top Ten Musicians Who Embody Cool
By Alan Bryson
December 17, 2016
Top Ten List
John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (Not Including “My Favorite Things”)
By Matt J. Popham
September 22, 2016
Top Ten List
Top Ten Guitarists Who Left Us Too Soon
By Alan Bryson
December 3, 2015
Top Ten List
Denny Tedesco's Top Ten Wrecking Crew Songs
By Alan Bryson
March 14, 2015
Top Ten List
Top Ten Jazz Songs of My Childhood, Thus Far
By Richard J Salvucci
March 11, 2015