Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry – Trumpet Kings at Montreux

Posted on January 8th, 2008 in Jazz by Terrence Taps

You’ve got to check out this live recording which features these trumpet master’s performing at Montreux. The first song, “Montreux Blues” is sure to bring any gathering of tap dancers to a frenzied climax of hoofing!More great tap dance music from the Tap Dance Songs website!

Chucho Valdes – New Conceptions

Posted on January 7th, 2008 in Jazz,Latin Music by Terrence Taps

This Latin jazz recording is one of my favorites. What Chucho Valdes does on “Homenaje A Ellington” is incredible! He essentially reinterprets jazz through a Latin framework… Tap dance songs don’t get much better than this.Hard to describe, but easy to “feel”…

Branford Marsalis – Eternal

Posted on January 4th, 2008 in Jazz by Terrence Taps

This recording has plenty of strong selections, but “The Lonely Swan” stands out as an opportunity for tap dancers to express themselves in a unique way. Check it out!

Free Tap Dance Music: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Posted on January 3rd, 2008 in Blues,R & B by Terrence Taps

At the time of this writing you could download the title track on this album from Amazon for free!This CD was released in October 2007 but sounds like something that could have been released in 1960. It’s so soulful and rich! Head on over to Amazon.com and download this track now. Then come back here and let me know what you think of it!

(Please Note: You will need to setup an Amazon.com account if you don’t already have one)

Alice in Chains – Dirt

Posted on January 2nd, 2008 in Hard Rock & Metal by Terrence Taps

This album is an early 90s classic that I would recommend, even if not for tap.I am haunted by “Rooster” You must hear it for yourself and imagine the possibilities!

Various Artists – Basic Jazz, Vol. 3

Posted on January 1st, 2008 in Jazz by Terrence Taps

For people like me who don’t have the broadest knowledge of jazz tunes…compilations like this are very helpful. “Basic Jazz”….that sounds like it was made for me! Definitely check out, Stanley Turrentine’s rendition of “Feeling Good” I am a sucker for that song!

A version of it is featured on the Verve Remixed collection.

Rob Thomas – Something to Be

Posted on December 31st, 2007 in Rock by Terrence Taps

I must admit that I haven’t listened to every song on this CD. Nevertheless, “Streetcorner Symphony” has the kind of groove that few tap dancers will be able to sit still through!

Bajofondo Tango Club

Posted on November 30th, 2007 in Dance & DJ,International,Latin Music by Terrence Taps


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Another interesting cross-genre fusion that provides some very interesting audioscapes for tap dancers. This CD is essentially a remix of Latin music traditionally used for Tango. Standout tracks include: ‘Montserrat’, ‘Los Tangueros’, & ‘Duro Y Parejo’

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Posted on November 29th, 2007 in Jazz by Terrence Taps

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Miles Davis’ groundbreaking experiment with Modal Jazz is a must have for every serious tap dancer/musician. Definitely check out ‘Freddie Freeloader, All Blues, & ‘So What.

Here is a clip of Joseph Wiggan and Kendrick Jones performing an arrangement of ‘So What’.

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

Posted on November 28th, 2007 in Classical by Terrence Taps

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There is some great symphonic music out there for tap dancers as well. Anyone who was able to see “Classical Savion”, which featured Savion Glover and a classical orchestra, can vouch for that.The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s attempt to capture the essence and mood of each season of the year in song.The 1st movement of Vivaldi’s Winter is magnificent. The music is delicate in sections and intense and vibrant in others.

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