Jazz is the seventh studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 10 November 1978 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. The album's varying musical styles were alternately praised and criticised.
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The two jazz suites are peripheral Shostakovich, but great fun all the same. The Concertgebouw's resident jazzers would clearly give any professional combo a run for its money, especially in the lengthy Second Suite, assembled from film and theatre scores. Tahiti Trot is even more intriguing than it sounds: an orchestral transcription of the 1920s hit "Tea For Two", made in a matter of hours to win a bet.
With the album ready to go, Queen, along with Elektra and EMI, threw one of rock’s most lavish parties. Held in New Orleans, the entertainment included – naked female mud-wrestlers, dwarfs, fire-eaters, jazz and steel bands, Zulu dancers, voodoo dancers, strippers, drag artists and unicyclists. The party became one of the most infamous events ever thrown by a rock group. Released on 10 November 1978, Jazz was the band’s longest album to that point.
Thomas Quasthoff's acquaintance with jazz goes back quite a while to when he sang the music in nightclubs as a voice student. He sings (and speaks) American English essentially without a foreign accent, and he is justified in his claims that when he sings jazz, he sounds like a jazz singer rather than a classical singer singing jazz
Arguably (quite arguably), Jazz is Queen’s most interesting and fun album. The eclectic set of 13 songs showcases each of the four member’s distinct songwriting style. Overall, the album offers a sleek and slick array of confident songcraft and studio prowess. None of the tunes veer into jazz, the musical genre. The album’s title may refer to jazz as the phrasal verb, as defined in the Oxford Dictionary, to make something more interesting, lively, or exciting. And so the album’s notoriously expensive, OTT launch party was held in New Orleans, with few to zero rock-press personnel invited, and any individual remotely associated with Rolling Stone magazine banned from the party (OK, granted, this is an unsubstantiated claim based on hearsay, but don’t stop this album bio, not now
Combining genres from jazz to minimalism with a great city’s musical heritage, without resorting to pastiche, is no mean feat. Published: 26 Apr 2019.