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2017-02-06 [E] [D]
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Always something breathtakingly beautiful to discover from the man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6_0oRgZvJQ.

For some unofficial sheets, look at this post

Some web pages (e.g. reddit) aggregate a lot of useful youtube links, but provide no way of playing them all, without adding them manually in a playlist.

That is where my next little project comes in. You give it an URL, it looks for all the URLs that look like they point to a youtube video, generates a list and a video player that will automatically play them all.

Usage is very simple:

Currently there is a limit of 120 videos, imposed by the youtube API.

Try it out on following resources

2015-08-08 [E] [D]
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Two weeks ago, I heard this beautiful song in a bar, and asked the bar tender what song it was. He replied with the artist and title, but it sounded very unfamiliar and I would have forgotten it, if weren't for his saying that it was also used as the soundtrack for Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows, which allowed me to track the song back to Donald Byrd's Cristo Redentor on the 1963 A New Perspective album.

The song itself is composed by Duke Pearson, who also sided with Grant Green on Idle Moments (Pearson later commented that the song was inspired by a trip he took to Brazil while touring)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAzX65ChVT8

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2013-01-14 [E] [D]
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Inside The Actors Studio is a class at the Actors Studio Drama School where successful and accomplished actors, directors and writers are interviewed and answer questions from acting students.

Most of these classes are taped, and broadcast on television, and - of course - also viewable on youtube.

The series is presented by James Lipton who has his own peculiar way of interviewing. He meticulously prepares and researches his subjects, and often surprises them with the amount of details he can give. He then seems to fire off his questions, and let his interviewees talk freely and on all subjects. The interviews often though, seem not to flow naturally, but this is because it is a 5 hour class and a lot of editing is thus performed to cut the result down to an episode, which ranges from 30 minutes to over an hour, depending on the person.

There are an awful lot of interviews (not all on youtube), and many of the actors I don't even know, making them a little bit less interesting. But in general it is refreshing to see those people be a (more?) normal person, get to know their stories and see how they spread their knowledge.

Too bad Bill Murray will not appear.

2012-12-07 [E] [D]
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Jazz guitarist Grant Green plays this incredible tune, called Idle Moments, on the eponymous album, together with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Al Harewood on drums and Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone.

It is such a laidback blues, with amazing musicians that I just have to keep on listening to it :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMiLAxMnoqE

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Someone posted on the internetz a link called "Part IIc - Keith Jarrett. The most beautiful piece I have ever heard".

I thought by myself, "I've heard a couple of songs of this Jarrett. It'll probably be not as good as best song ever, but let's give it a try anyway". After an inattentive listen it sounded nice, but I didn't think about it anymore. But, then, later that day, there was this urge to listen again to the song, and I became more intrigued. After a search on that same internetz, I found out it came from the album "The Köln Concert", and looked for it on youtube, and behold the full album was available.

Mesmerizing. Haunting. Beautiful.

Been listening three or four times a day now, and yet it fails to bore me in any way. It's over an hour long, yet after every listen I can't but think that an hour is really short.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLF9OTJR23g

We're lucky to have this concert, because it almost wasn't.

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2012-09-21 [E] [D]
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A couple of days ago I heard a mesmerizing song on the radio. I was intrigued by the song and melody, but also by the noticeable accent of this beauty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLxrrE6wC5I

After the song had ended, the presentator said it was Jeanette with Porque te vas. The song features prominently in Cría Cuervos, which was broadcast in August 2012 on the Dutch TV, which might explain the fact it got some airtime.

The same happened in 1976: the song was written in 1974 by José Luis Perales, but did not gain worldwide attention until 1976 when Cría Cuervos went on to be honored on the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.

Jeanette was born in London to a Belgian-Congolese father and a Spanish mother, and grew up in Chicago and Californa until her 12, when she moved to Barcelona. It might just explain that accent :)

Lyrics below!

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2012-08-27 [E] [D]
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It's been exactly 22 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan died tragically in an helicopter crash. Someone posted this awesome video. I put it down here, so I can occasionally listen to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGrz6U4979c

2012-07-13 [E] [D]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KmBV1j5UMI

This one is from the album Duet, which features piano genii Chick Corea and Hiromi. Duet was recorded in 2008 at the Tokyo Blue Note jazz club.

Hiromi and Corea probably got to do this record because when she was a 17 year old piano child prodigy, Uehara stumbled by accident on Chick Corea. He must have heard of her before, because the next day she was invited to play at his concert in Tokyo. I have unfortunately not found yet any footage of that concert.

2012-06-10 [E] [D]
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