Blood, Sweat & Tears (also known as “BS&T”) is a contemporary jazz-rock American music group. They are noted for their combination of brass and rock band instrumentation. The group recorded songs by rock/folk songwriters such as Laura Nyro, James Taylor, the Band, the Rolling Stones, as well as Billie Holiday and Erik Satie. They also incorporated music from Thelonious Monk and Sergei Prokofiev into their arrangements.
They were originally formed in 1967 in New York City. Since their beginnings, the band has gone through numerous iterations with varying personnel and has encompassed a multitude of musical styles. The band is most notable for fusing of rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as “jazz-rock”. Unlike “jazz fusion” bands, which tend toward virtuosic displays of instrumental facility and some experimentation with electric instruments, the songs of Blood, Sweat & Tears merged the stylings of rock, pop and R&B/soul music with big band, while also adding elements of 20th Century Classical and small combo jazz traditions. Wiki
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I grew up during the heyday of BST , using their jazz rock fusion arrangements as my own aspirations as a trombone musician. I often wonder what qualities separated them as superior to other horn bands like Chicago and Tower, of Power.
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Asking the question around aoc, we all have our own tastes and reasons for distinguishing. Our answers submit to our personal moments and how their lyrics and brass catered to those moments. Myself, I love all three groups, usfman. So, you are a trombonist? Do you share your sounds? If so, we live to hear what you sound like. 🤔
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