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What's your favorite jazz standard?

I love so many, but something about "Stardust" makes me pause just to appreciate the sheer beauty of the melody.

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by Anonymousreply 272April 19, 2022 1:01 AM

Speak Low. Weill was a special musician and Nash's lyrics were perfect.

by Anonymousreply 1January 8, 2022 12:14 AM

Do you recommend any particular versions r1? I'm only familiar with Billie Holiday's

by Anonymousreply 2January 8, 2022 12:16 AM

I am very sentimental, so my favorite is Lotte Lenya's version. Singing her husband's song after he died and after all they went through together? I really get emotional thinking about it. But her voice isn't for everyone. Sarah Vaughan does a wonderful version.

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by Anonymousreply 3January 8, 2022 12:22 AM

I don’t know much about music, but this was my parents’ song and I associate it with jazz, though it might more properly be called Big Band(?).

More traditional jazz might be Dinah Washington’s version of I Got You Under My Skin.

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by Anonymousreply 4January 8, 2022 1:16 AM

Great choice, r4. I've recently been researching best-selling hits of the 1940s; "Frenesi" was very popular in late 1940/early 1941

by Anonymousreply 5January 8, 2022 9:25 AM

Here's a later jazz cover

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by Anonymousreply 6January 8, 2022 9:27 AM

R1 I remember seeing Beverly D'Angelo doing a vocal version of Stardust on some late night talk show when I was a kid, and being surprised that she was a singer. I was intrigued by the song, but wasn't sure what kind of music it was.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 8, 2022 10:41 AM

April in Paris, Ella Fitzgerald, please

by Anonymousreply 8January 8, 2022 10:42 AM

r7 there are so many good covers of Stardust.

Here's another favorite. The opening bars ... just beautiful:

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by Anonymousreply 9January 8, 2022 10:45 AM

Another favorite. One of the most covered standards in jazz history:

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by Anonymousreply 10January 8, 2022 12:41 PM

Another favorite

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by Anonymousreply 11January 8, 2022 1:43 PM

Stardust. My favorite song, ever. Pure poetry. Soaring music. Music by Hoagy Carmichael and Lyrics by Mitchell Parish (1927).

Two great versions - probably the two greatest, and I'd be hard pressed to pick one over the other - are by Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole.

Johnny's is below. (It shows a picture of Natalie Cole but she's not on this recording, though she has also recorded Stardust.)

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by Anonymousreply 12January 8, 2022 2:31 PM

Beautiful, r12. Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 13January 8, 2022 2:35 PM

It might seem almost obligatory but I always return to this standard. Something about the time signature gets me.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 8, 2022 2:40 PM

"Erna Does Scat"

by Anonymousreply 15January 8, 2022 2:54 PM

I like what I am linking to. It's organic and unaffected. Downright turns me on.

Dusty Springfield also does just the finest rendition of "Peel Me A Grape" I've ever heard. She does this coy thing with her vocals which is both sultry and almost comedic in a way. It's very creative but I can only link to the one thing so here she is with Mel Torme just sitting down alongside him on a piano bench owning Jazz while wallowing rhythm of it all.

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by Anonymousreply 16January 8, 2022 2:58 PM

Love this one. Didn't know Benny Goodman had a popular cover of it:

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by Anonymousreply 17January 8, 2022 7:34 PM

My choice for Stardust is Nat King Cole.

For song, so many . . . but "Laura" is way up there.

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by Anonymousreply 18January 8, 2022 8:26 PM

"The Way You Look Tonight" is my favorite, though I there's never been a version I think is as good as the song itself. I first heard it on a Lettermen album of my mother's, and I would mimic that version while singing it to my cat Rollo. Eventually, I heard versions by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire, and later, Michael Bublé.

I like the boppiness of Sinatra's version, but it doesn't really go with what's in my heart when I think of the person the song came to remind me of in adulthood.

Tony Bennett matches my mood when I want to remember that guy (Scott). It's sweet and sincere, which is what I'm going for, though it sounds to me as if it's being sung to someone he knows he's never going to see again, which is what happened with Scott. I had no idea I'd never see him again after that night. We didn't break up. I moved. The next time I saw him, it was his name on an AIDS quilt panel.

I like Fred Astaire's version, too, but his subtext in the movie has everything to do with Penny, his "dame," in what looks like a screwball musical comedy, Swing Time.

I didn't like Ella Fitzgerald's version. I have never really liked her creamy voice. And Bublé, well, he's Bublé.

And today, I found a slow version by Sinatra I like a lot. But I'm still gonna go with Tony Bennett.

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by Anonymousreply 19January 8, 2022 8:59 PM

Stella by Starlight

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by Anonymousreply 20January 8, 2022 9:47 PM

Grappelli had a great cover of Stardust. Really captures the essence of the melody

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by Anonymousreply 21January 9, 2022 6:47 PM

Anita O'Day's amazing set at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958, singing "Tea for Two" and "Sweet Georgia Brown."

The perfection of cool jazz from someone who already had a life's career before stepping onto the stage smacked out of her head and in absolute control.

by Anonymousreply 22January 9, 2022 6:52 PM

[quote]Tony Bennett matches my mood when I want to remember that guy (Scott). It's sweet and sincere, which is what I'm going for, though it sounds to me as if it's being sung to someone he knows he's never going to see again, which is what happened with Scott. I had no idea I'd never see him again after that night. We didn't break up. I moved. The next time I saw him, it was his name on an AIDS quilt panel.

Thinking about this made me cry while I listened to the song.

by Anonymousreply 23January 9, 2022 6:54 PM

R19 My favorite rendition of the song is Peggy Lee's 1942 recording, with Benny Goodman on clarinet and Mel Powell on that magical celeste.

by Anonymousreply 24January 9, 2022 7:35 PM

The Ventures' classic Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

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by Anonymousreply 25January 9, 2022 8:09 PM

Another best. The "previously unreleased" recording of Sarah Vaughan singing THE gold standard of "Lush Life," and that includes Billy Strayhorn's own set.

It balances the distance of an interpretation by a mature voice with the naïveté and weariness of a young adult kvetching. She sweetens it by conveying her awareness.

by Anonymousreply 26January 9, 2022 9:03 PM

Another great cover of Stardust

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by Anonymousreply 27January 10, 2022 2:27 PM

Lush Life is a very difficult song to sing to achieve its layers of meaning and its challenging melody.

by Anonymousreply 28January 10, 2022 3:21 PM

A French singer channels Ms. Tucker

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by Anonymousreply 29January 10, 2022 7:52 PM

I’d say “Skylark”; not linking to a recording because I’ll listen to just about anybody attempt that song.

by Anonymousreply 30January 10, 2022 7:58 PM

r30 Betty Buckley has a lovely version on her album Much More (which isn't on YouTube, sadly)

by Anonymousreply 31January 10, 2022 8:00 PM

Hoagy Carmichael and Michael Parrish were only in their 20s when they wrote Stardust.

by Anonymousreply 32January 10, 2022 8:09 PM

Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington

by Anonymousreply 33January 10, 2022 8:18 PM

"Skylark" is a gem and my favorite jazz standard

Ella singing "Someone to Watch over Me"

Perhaps oddly, Queen Latifah singing "Lush Life"

by Anonymousreply 34January 10, 2022 8:24 PM
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by Anonymousreply 35January 10, 2022 8:29 PM

I love that one of the greatest jazz standards of all time was a (deceptively) sappy tune by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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by Anonymousreply 36January 10, 2022 8:30 PM
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by Anonymousreply 37January 10, 2022 8:36 PM

Kind of Blue.

by Anonymousreply 38January 10, 2022 8:37 PM

"Tight Like This," Louis Armstrong.

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by Anonymousreply 39January 10, 2022 8:54 PM

Yes, r36, I wonder what it is about My Favorite Things that makes it so beloved by jazz musicians?

I adore Skylark too—god bless Johnny Mercer—but wonder if we have to shun it now because of the line "sad as a gypsy serenading the moon." (I wish I were kidding.)

by Anonymousreply 40January 10, 2022 11:11 PM

I'm digging this cover of Blue and Sentimental

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by Anonymousreply 41January 11, 2022 10:08 PM

The lyrics are nice too

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by Anonymousreply 42January 12, 2022 4:58 PM

Growing up, my dad had a record titled “Norman Granz Jam Session” with the like a of Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster amongst others. One side of the record had a Gershwin Medley with each performer doing a solo for different Gershwin standards. One song was “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Charlie Shavers on trumpet.

I found on Spotify that Charlie Shavers did record the song on one of his albums, but it’s not the same as the version in this medley. I used to love that song because Charlie Shavers plays such a smooth trumpet, but I have not been able to find that medley online.

by Anonymousreply 43January 12, 2022 8:12 PM

“Autumn Leaves”

by Anonymousreply 44January 12, 2022 8:16 PM

Here's my favorite version of "Autumn Leaves" r44. I don't like a lot of Garner's stuff, but this is very beautiful and I think his style is well-suited for the melody:

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by Anonymousreply 45January 12, 2022 8:18 PM

Aw thanks R45. I’m like the poster above who is happy to listen to any version. Although Bob Dylan warbling it live once was enough for me.

by Anonymousreply 46January 12, 2022 8:19 PM

Autumn Leaves

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by Anonymousreply 47January 12, 2022 8:37 PM

R14 - totally agree, Green Dolphin Street is up there too.

As far as standards go, I love Begin the Beguine, Where or When, Almost Like Being In Love, Witchcraft, Body and Soul... so, so many.

by Anonymousreply 48January 12, 2022 8:44 PM

Seeing Errol Garner mentioned, I’m surprised no one has mentioned “Misty” yet.

Garner wrote the song, but many, many people have performed it. I do like his version though.

What’s your favorite rendition DLers?

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by Anonymousreply 49January 12, 2022 9:02 PM

My favorite cover of Misty. The little duet that starts around 3:15 is one of my favorite moments in all of jazz.

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by Anonymousreply 50January 12, 2022 9:04 PM

I too feel that "Stardust" is the best song written in the United States, vying with only "Summertime" by the Gershwins for that honor. My favorite version of "Stardust" is still the one by Nat King Cole, with his velvety voice and the lush accompaniment by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

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by Anonymousreply 51January 12, 2022 9:18 PM

Put this on and watch the snow falling softly outside the window, or rain if not cold. The great John Coltrane, the great Miles Davis and the great pianist Bill Evans, all on one track.

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by Anonymousreply 52January 12, 2022 9:29 PM

He made it famous. I still think it's the best and purest version.

Johnny Mathis

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by Anonymousreply 53January 12, 2022 9:46 PM

Artie Shaw had a beautiful cover of Stardust

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by Anonymousreply 54January 12, 2022 9:48 PM

R51, the Gershwins did not write "Summertime"--George Gershwin wrote the music and DuBose Heyward wrote the lyric.

by Anonymousreply 55January 12, 2022 10:22 PM

Autumn Leaves (in English): another exquisite lyric by Johnny Mercer.

by Anonymousreply 56January 12, 2022 10:56 PM

Love the Mathis Misty, too, but also extremely fond of this lesser-known version.

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by Anonymousreply 57January 12, 2022 11:09 PM

"Exactly Like You" by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields.

Here's the original recording by Ruth Etting, but it's been covered by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Sam Cooke, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson...

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by Anonymousreply 58January 12, 2022 11:40 PM

Tin Tin Deo

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by Anonymousreply 59January 12, 2022 11:55 PM

The smooth Mister Chet Baker with My Funny Valentine. This performance is so intimate it's like he's singing right to you. And those couple of small downward runs are glorious. Plus word is he was packing!

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by Anonymousreply 60January 12, 2022 11:57 PM

My favorite cover of My Funny Valentine - Ben Webster

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by Anonymousreply 61January 13, 2022 11:23 AM

And for a different take on My Funny Valentine, and my personal favorite, Ms. Chaka Khan. I love when she uses her voice to emulate brass during the climax.

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by Anonymousreply 62January 13, 2022 11:28 AM

Blue and Sentimental has such a nice melody. I'm surprised more artists haven't covered it

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by Anonymousreply 63January 13, 2022 12:59 PM

Wrong thread!! ^

by Anonymousreply 64January 13, 2022 3:37 PM

With These Hands

Les McCann

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by Anonymousreply 65January 13, 2022 9:57 PM

A live slower more mellow version.

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by Anonymousreply 66January 13, 2022 10:04 PM

I've always wondered why jazz musicians never attempted R and H's Out of My Dreams. It is such a complex interesting song with a fabulous melody. Jonathan Schwartz called it a cathedral and he was right.

by Anonymousreply 67January 13, 2022 10:19 PM

Take Five, Dave Brubeck. What s wonderful snapshot of the times. This one transports you to a time and place! This seems like the "Downtown" that Petula Clark was going on about, amirite?

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by Anonymousreply 68January 13, 2022 10:39 PM

Here you go, r67. Karrin Allyson is one of my favorite current jazz singers. She did an entire R&H album.

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by Anonymousreply 69January 14, 2022 1:09 AM

Oops, sorry. It didn't take. But it's worth looking up.

by Anonymousreply 70January 14, 2022 1:11 AM

Trying again.

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by Anonymousreply 71January 14, 2022 1:14 AM

Never Let Me Go

by Anonymousreply 72January 14, 2022 1:17 AM

"Take Five" Dave Brubeck Quartet.

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by Anonymousreply 73January 14, 2022 1:21 AM

R61, Honestly, that certainly was an interesting rendition. What I want to know is, exactly what instrument was making that sound and which orifice was blowing it?

by Anonymousreply 74January 14, 2022 2:34 AM

Then you're gonna hate this, r74!

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by Anonymousreply 75January 14, 2022 9:44 AM

Another favorite ... they really capture the Grappelli/Reinhardt sound

No matter what shit is happening in the world, things can't be all bad when music like this exists

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by Anonymousreply 76January 14, 2022 3:12 PM

Reinhardt's version was slightly more uptempo.

The phantom biopic of my life better be scored with the music of Grappelli/Reinhardt.

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by Anonymousreply 77January 14, 2022 3:19 PM

Coltrane - Naima

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by Anonymousreply 78January 14, 2022 3:27 PM


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by Anonymousreply 79January 14, 2022 3:40 PM

r79 I love Oscar Peterson's opening to Caravan here

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by Anonymousreply 80January 14, 2022 3:42 PM

[quote]Seeing Errol Garner mentioned, I’m surprised no one has mentioned “Misty” yet.

[quote]Garner wrote the song, but many, many people have performed it. I do like his version though.

[quote]What’s your favorite rendition DLers?

Ethel Merman's.

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by Anonymousreply 81January 14, 2022 3:47 PM

Now this is the real I'll see you in my dreams

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by Anonymousreply 82January 14, 2022 4:44 PM

Don't know about you..but man oh man have I been right there.

Often wondered if he could slay this so completely cause of Ava. Boy could we use Nelson Riddle & Co. about now.

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by Anonymousreply 83January 14, 2022 4:49 PM

And then we come to that Adonis Chet

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by Anonymousreply 84January 14, 2022 4:57 PM

r83 one of my favorite albums

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by Anonymousreply 85January 14, 2022 5:00 PM

Thanks R83, loved Billie too, but Frank's moves me. When men are so vulnerable & raw, gets me everytime.

by Anonymousreply 86January 14, 2022 5:33 PM

And now to how a single piano can tear out your hear..Bill oh Bill truly a great!!

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by Anonymousreply 87January 14, 2022 5:35 PM

Another great cover of Blue and Sentimental.

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by Anonymousreply 88January 14, 2022 6:00 PM

I've always loved Ella Fitzgerald, so it's her Misty for me. And her Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.

And Dinah Washington, The Good Life.

by Anonymousreply 89January 14, 2022 6:52 PM

I'm seldom not happy to hear Brubeck and "Take Five" in any of the recordings.

by Anonymousreply 90January 14, 2022 8:12 PM

And when Carmen McRae takes on the lyrics! Wow!

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by Anonymousreply 91January 14, 2022 8:23 PM

"Someday My Prince Will Come" - Chet Baker with a trio in Copenhagen, 1979. He'd been through an extremely rough patch and was lucky he could still play trumpet at all, but I find this record very affecting.

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by Anonymousreply 92January 14, 2022 8:48 PM

Night and Day. I even liked ratfaced Bono"s version

by Anonymousreply 93January 14, 2022 8:59 PM

Lennie Tristano - Line Up. Now that is jazz

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by Anonymousreply 94January 15, 2022 7:19 AM

Here Am I by Donald Byrd

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by Anonymousreply 95January 15, 2022 7:30 AM

R19, that one reminds me of a late lover, as well. As do so many others (“Crazy He Calls Me,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Stars Fell on Alabama,” etc etc). Thank you for your touching post which has me all melancholy this morning. And to the rest of you for such wonderful and knowledgeable suggestions.

by Anonymousreply 96January 15, 2022 3:14 PM

Awwww r96.

You're welcome!

by Anonymousreply 97January 15, 2022 4:15 PM

r93 I enjoy Helen Merrill's cover.

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by Anonymousreply 98January 15, 2022 4:27 PM

Here's my favorite cover of Someday My Prince Will Come. I especially love the second half (starting around 2:30)

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by Anonymousreply 99January 15, 2022 4:33 PM

R83 That's a masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 100January 15, 2022 5:29 PM

Wow, what a great thread! Jazz is so vast, so many things, such diversity in taste. Nice to dip in some old friends & some newbies to explore.

by Anonymousreply 101January 15, 2022 8:30 PM

R43, I think I found it. Stay tuned.

by Anonymousreply 102January 16, 2022 2:16 AM

Thi is a great thread!

One of my favorite standards. Christy is so underrated.

Has anyone else recorded this? Garland performed it on her TV show but it was done when she knew her show was being cancelled and she seems a bit off - like she hasn't fully committed to it. Had she performed it a few months earlier, it would have been the definitive version.

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by Anonymousreply 103January 16, 2022 2:34 AM

Exquisite melancholy in the heart of the swing era.

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by Anonymousreply 104January 16, 2022 2:47 AM

It's an ~17 minute 'song' called The Beast, R43.

All the different little solos fall under that one track on the album.

by Anonymousreply 105January 16, 2022 3:48 AM

Wait that's not right, R43. Damn it I just had it. I will find it.

by Anonymousreply 106January 16, 2022 3:52 AM

BALLAD MEDLEY is the name of the one long track with all the little tunes, R43.

by Anonymousreply 107January 16, 2022 4:02 AM

r103, I recall that Garland never performed the song on-air, that there are videos of her in rehearsa, but it never happened. I hope I'm wrong.

But thanks for bringing Christie. to the table. She needs. to. be remembered.

by Anonymousreply 108January 16, 2022 11:21 AM

Another favorite, and my favorite cover:

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by Anonymousreply 109January 16, 2022 7:05 PM

R108, you are not wrong. Garland attempted the song but didn't complete it satisfactorily and it was never shown on the air. Outtakes were released on the DVDs.

by Anonymousreply 110January 16, 2022 7:24 PM

They Say It's Spring. Unrated, hardly sung Jazz Standard with great subtle lyrics. Blossom nails it.

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by Anonymousreply 111January 16, 2022 8:19 PM

I love Blossom's cover of Tea For Two

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by Anonymousreply 112January 16, 2022 9:10 PM

Warne marsh and Lee Konitz. One of the greatest jazz albums in the 100 years. Don't call yourself a jazz lover or jazz musician if this record isn't part of your DNA

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by Anonymousreply 113January 16, 2022 11:44 PM

Speaking of Donna Lee

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by Anonymousreply 114January 16, 2022 11:53 PM

Correction: Warne Marsh....One of the greatest jazz albums in the PAST100 years......Tierney does an excellent rendition too.

by Anonymousreply 115January 17, 2022 12:26 AM

I love , love, love this thread & all who contributed!! Let's keep it going! Your great knowledge has been a font of goodness to me. Though a jazz fan for many a moon, you have schooled in in great new stuff. Claude Thornhill, Shirley Horn & many more..

PLEASE, PLEASE.. Keep em' coming.

With much gratitude to you al!!!

by Anonymousreply 116January 17, 2022 12:56 AM

Glad you're enjoying this thread, r116!

Shirley Horn is my favorite jazz vocalist -- as she was Miles Davis's. She has so many good covers. Here's another favorite:

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by Anonymousreply 117January 17, 2022 1:13 AM

Billie's Don't Explain. She even wrote it. God felt like she was reading my life the first time I heard this.

"You know that I love you & what love endures"Right or wrong don't matter when you're with me. sweet" "My life is yours now, don't explain. ""You're my joy & pain."

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by Anonymousreply 118January 17, 2022 1:43 AM

I made an Apple playlist of every song I could find in this thread (almost all of them-- couldn't find the exact Grapelli songs or the O'Day at Newport Jazz versions, and a couple others, but I added songs by those artists anyway). I wish I could share it but it has my full name attached.

Does anyone know how to post a playlist without "baring all"?!

by Anonymousreply 119January 17, 2022 2:16 AM

Love me some Peggy..

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by Anonymousreply 120January 17, 2022 3:25 AM

Dex Oh Dex!!

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by Anonymousreply 121January 17, 2022 3:43 AM


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by Anonymousreply 122January 17, 2022 3:48 AM

[r119], great idea! I might be able to create a public playlist on Spotify. Datalounge Jazz. Do you happen to already have an accessible complied list of the songs/pieces posted in this thread? It would save a lot of time.

by Anonymousreply 123January 17, 2022 4:05 AM

Here' the Etta. Etta Jones

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by Anonymousreply 124January 17, 2022 4:06 AM

R123, I don't; I just went post by post adding the songs directly.

But if you are willing to make it happen I certainly can type one up and copy and paste it!

by Anonymousreply 125January 17, 2022 4:20 AM

West End blues, this version in particular

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by Anonymousreply 126January 17, 2022 4:24 AM

Please Please make the list happen, before we lose this marvelous thread.

Here is a photo from A great Day in Harlem with photos of many of the great artists included here

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by Anonymousreply 127January 17, 2022 4:25 AM

[123] don’t worry about creating a list, but thank you. I’ll work on it tomorrow as I have the day off.

by Anonymousreply 128January 17, 2022 4:26 AM

More great piano Marian McPartland

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by Anonymousreply 129January 17, 2022 4:27 AM

Alto Summit - Bird Solo starting at 1:11...Lee transcribed this solo from a December 1940 Jay McShann recording of "Honeysuckle Rose" 82 years ago. 82 fucking years ago!!!!Listen to it. It's as fresh and contemporary as if it were recorded last week. Also show Prez's influence over Bird.

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by Anonymousreply 130January 17, 2022 4:39 AM

Datalounge Jazz

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by Anonymousreply 131January 17, 2022 6:59 AM

Jazz standard?

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by Anonymousreply 132January 17, 2022 7:30 AM

I remember when this song came out, I kept singing I'll Remember over the chorus. I know there's only so many chord progressions in popular music, but it just seems a little too close to not be a re-write.

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by Anonymousreply 133January 17, 2022 10:45 AM

Yikes, wrong thread. lol

by Anonymousreply 134January 17, 2022 10:48 AM

r131 you're my hero!

by Anonymousreply 135January 17, 2022 10:48 AM

Love For Sale. Cole Porter.

by Anonymousreply 136January 17, 2022 11:06 AM
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by Anonymousreply 137January 17, 2022 11:08 AM

Another underrated singer - the former Mrs. Jack Webb and Mrs. Bobby Troup.

And I love this song so much.

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by Anonymousreply 138January 17, 2022 11:50 AM

R 131...Thank you This is the real spirit of DL

by Anonymousreply 139January 17, 2022 1:36 PM

I love Peggy Lee's cover of Them There Eyes

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by Anonymousreply 140January 17, 2022 2:01 PM

Early Anita swinging with Gene Krupa and Roy Eldridge.

I have a DOWN BEAT from December 15, 1941 with the cover headline "Krupa in fistfight over Eldridge!" Krupa beat the shit out of some restaurant owner in York, Pa. who refused to allow the African-American Eldridge's admittance. Krupa was arrested, taken to jail and fined $10 and was released.

In my collection of DOWN BEATS from the early '40s are many such reports of racist policies against African-American performers.

Thank you, r108 & r110 for correcting my post and agreeing that Garland doesn't nail the song as she could - and should - have.

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by Anonymousreply 141January 17, 2022 2:15 PM

This is one of my favorite websites. It includes the history of the 1000-most recorded jazz standards in history. Great stuff!

From their entry on "Them There Eyes":

[quote]In American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, Alec Wilder, calls “Them There Eyes” a “jazz musician’s favorite.... There are treacherous moments in the melody when you’re sure it’s going to slide into cliche. But it always just evades it....It’s the octave drop in the fifteenth measure and the c sharp in the sixteenth that save it.”

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by Anonymousreply 142January 17, 2022 2:15 PM

How great is this thread. I'm in heaven!!

by Anonymousreply 143January 17, 2022 2:26 PM

This is one of the greatest threads here in ages. So many great songs and performers , Totally agree with r39 - Thank you so much.

Another favorite of mine. Jordan deserves more attention. Sexy sexy song!

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by Anonymousreply 144January 17, 2022 2:31 PM

No thread is complete with Miss Ella Mae Morse , who more than once lost bookings because agents thought she was black. She wore it as a badge of honor.

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by Anonymousreply 145January 17, 2022 2:34 PM

Clifford Brown (whose death was such a tragic loss for jazz) - Stompin' at the Savoy

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by Anonymousreply 146January 17, 2022 2:35 PM

That's jazz...

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by Anonymousreply 147January 17, 2022 2:59 PM

Another version of Stardust by Grappelli.

(I really love Grappelli).

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by Anonymousreply 148January 17, 2022 9:43 PM

Peel Me A Grape.

Diana Krall, dump Elvis. I'll peel you so much better.

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by Anonymousreply 149January 17, 2022 10:13 PM

Dry Cleaner...

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by Anonymousreply 150January 17, 2022 10:29 PM

"Gloomy Sunday" has always been a favorite. So beautifully creepy and ethereal.

Some great versions by Billie Holiday, Paul Whiteman, Sarah McLachlan and Matt Forbes.

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by Anonymousreply 151January 17, 2022 10:30 PM

This album is a great collection

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by Anonymousreply 152January 17, 2022 10:35 PM

I would consider Shirley Horn’s Here’s to Life a better album, although her performance of “That Old Devil Called Love” on the Live in Paris album is superb.

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by Anonymousreply 153January 17, 2022 10:40 PM

SAL MOSCA! One of the unbelievable pianists who ever lived. He's great on this Lee Konitz record.1971. But listen to what Sal does on Background Music. Starts at 1:50. Greatest example of a jazz pianist who absorbed Bud's scene and made his own. Lee, who I adore pre 1965, lost me around 1965, and therefore his playing from then on sucked, as demonstrated on this track.

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by Anonymousreply 154January 17, 2022 10:40 PM

r153 my favorite Horn album is You Won't Forget Me. I also have a soft spot for You're My Thrill, which was my introduction to Horn during my senior year of high school.

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by Anonymousreply 155January 17, 2022 10:44 PM

Wrote too fast. One of the MOST unbelievable pianists who ever lived......Greatest example of a jazz pianist who absorbed Bud's scene and made IT his own.

by Anonymousreply 156January 17, 2022 10:44 PM

Autumn Leaves - Bill Evans Trio

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by Anonymousreply 157January 17, 2022 10:50 PM

R155 she really was magnificent. I got to see her at Yoshi’s back in the 00’s, I believe. It’s such a small venue it was really a special experience. Her version of Green is beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 158January 17, 2022 10:50 PM

I'm so jealous, r158!

And on that note, I love this cover:

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by Anonymousreply 159January 17, 2022 10:58 PM

Miss Faye

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by Anonymousreply 160January 17, 2022 11:13 PM

Blossom Dearie has a great Peel Me a Grape.

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by Anonymousreply 161January 18, 2022 12:40 AM

Try this.

by Anonymousreply 162January 18, 2022 12:42 AM

Speaking of Blossom, I love her cover of The Party's Over

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by Anonymousreply 163January 18, 2022 12:42 AM


Thank you! We mixed up a batch of martinis and played DataLounge Jazz on Spotify. Splendid!

by Anonymousreply 164January 18, 2022 1:24 AM

There Will Never Be Another You - Beverly Kenney

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by Anonymousreply 165January 18, 2022 1:38 PM

Just Friends - Hank Jones

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by Anonymousreply 166January 18, 2022 1:43 PM

Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year - Helen Merrill

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by Anonymousreply 167January 18, 2022 1:57 PM

This is great thread... It started with a few versions of Frenesi which is a great song and I think this lyrical version by Eydie Gorme is fantastic... a delight!

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by Anonymousreply 168January 18, 2022 2:02 PM

I love "If I Had You" as recorded by Grappelli and Peterson (what a great pair)

One of my favorite standards.

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by Anonymousreply 169January 18, 2022 8:08 PM

i love you guys for this thread, I also love Scot Lofaro richly featured with Bill Evan

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by Anonymousreply 170January 19, 2022 2:35 PM

This turned me into a Peterson fan

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by Anonymousreply 171January 19, 2022 2:37 PM

Beautiful r170

by Anonymousreply 172January 19, 2022 2:38 PM

This is a tribute album to Lady Day. It’s pretty good!

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by Anonymousreply 173January 19, 2022 3:56 PM

Wynton Masalis.....Stadust.... it is haunting...makes my heat ache....

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by Anonymousreply 174January 19, 2022 4:04 PM

The entire Girl from Ipanema album.

by Anonymousreply 175January 19, 2022 4:39 PM

Louis Armstrong's earliest "St. James Infirmary" shows the way and connects to the New Orleans life in an authentic way.

Billie Holiday's last recording of "I'm a Fool to Want You." That's the one where she broke down because of how her voice was shot and she was so hurting.

Bessie Smith's "St. Louis Blues" and "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer."

Jazz is inclusive enough to show grace to so many posters here who don't seem to know what jazz is.

by Anonymousreply 176January 19, 2022 5:16 PM

I’ll continue to add to the Spotify playlist in the next few days. Keep sharing your favorites.

by Anonymousreply 177January 19, 2022 5:38 PM

This one!

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by Anonymousreply 178January 19, 2022 6:53 PM

Helen Merrill's album with Clifford Brown has lots of gems.

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by Anonymousreply 179January 19, 2022 6:57 PM

What's New? - Helen Merrill & Clifford Brown

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by Anonymousreply 180January 19, 2022 6:58 PM

Not sure if this has been posted already, I went through as much of the thread as I could and I didn't see it, so sorry if it's already here.

I also wasn't quite sure if it qualified as a "jazz standard", but to me it is, and the little blurb on the YouTube video says it is so I'm going with their opinion and mine.

Weather Report - Birdland

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by Anonymousreply 181January 19, 2022 7:26 PM

“Time Out” Dave Brubeck

by Anonymousreply 182January 19, 2022 7:51 PM

R174's keyboard must not have the letter "r".

Marsalis. Stardust. Heart.

by Anonymousreply 183January 19, 2022 9:49 PM

I have an "R" but sometimes it sticks.

And this thread cannot be complete without Herbie Hancock

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by Anonymousreply 184January 19, 2022 9:51 PM

You should get a keyboard protector so your jizz doesn't make the keys stick.

by Anonymousreply 185January 19, 2022 10:00 PM

I like this as much as the film version.

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by Anonymousreply 186January 20, 2022 4:57 AM

R177, You're a star!! Thank you, Thank you! This will be a little tender morsel of goodness & joy to plug into when I need the lift of beauty & goodness that great art can give!

by Anonymousreply 187January 20, 2022 12:48 PM

Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca

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by Anonymousreply 188January 20, 2022 3:26 PM

Mornin' to my Jazz lovin' buds. Have morning off, so can post..

Not a total Ella fan, but this is utter heaven

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by Anonymousreply 189January 21, 2022 1:43 PM

Can't leave this one out: Dinah at her best with two brilliant trumpeters.

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by Anonymousreply 190January 21, 2022 4:37 PM

More Billie..

Been there, felt like that!!

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by Anonymousreply 191January 21, 2022 9:45 PM

A Night in Tunisia

Love For Sale

by Anonymousreply 192January 21, 2022 9:53 PM

1961 at Carnegie Hall is my favorite version of Manteca

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by Anonymousreply 193January 21, 2022 11:25 PM

This is my favorite song. I can't decide which version is the best. It's hard to beat the original, but I do love Frank Sinatra's version, too.

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by Anonymousreply 194January 21, 2022 11:53 PM

"So In Love" is another favorite. I love the lyrics "So taunt me and hurt me. Deceive me, desert me. I'm yours til I die."

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by Anonymousreply 195January 22, 2022 2:19 PM

"Something Cool:" by June Christy.

by Anonymousreply 196January 22, 2022 2:22 PM


There are so many versions of this song, but this may be one of the best, if not the best.

Ella Fitzgerald with lyrics.

Cole Porter said that he didn't know his songs were beautiful until he heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.

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by Anonymousreply 197January 22, 2022 2:57 PM

Thanks r197!

by Anonymousreply 198January 22, 2022 2:58 PM

Don't know if this counts as jazz but Darin at the Copa is wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 199January 22, 2022 4:54 PM

Now a break from Sat. Morning Chores...Me & Pres. Lester Young. What a great pause before I start the vacuum.

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by Anonymousreply 200January 22, 2022 5:17 PM

Ok, i'm have a warm & a little Fats, if you please..

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by Anonymousreply 201January 22, 2022 5:37 PM

r201, you reminded me of this version, which I haven't listened to in a long time

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by Anonymousreply 202January 22, 2022 5:39 PM

Need a bit more Fats ' I plug in that vacuum..

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by Anonymousreply 203January 22, 2022 5:51 PM

Can't help myself just one more Fats!

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by Anonymousreply 204January 22, 2022 6:00 PM

r204 is one of my favorites. Haven't heard it in YEARS. Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 205January 22, 2022 6:03 PM

Check out the 1938-39 London Suite Recordings now on You Tube. Stellar!

by Anonymousreply 206January 22, 2022 6:11 PM

Ladybird - Fat Navarro. Listen to that beautiful languid solo by Fats. That is jazz, man

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by Anonymousreply 207January 23, 2022 12:53 AM

"Le Jazz Hot," of course.

No one ever enunciated the "wh-" sound (as in "whizzing 'round the world") quite like Julie Andrews (the embodiment of jazz) did.

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by Anonymousreply 208January 23, 2022 12:57 AM

Bobby Darin was often jazz-adjacent, like Sinatra and Bennett. And a helluva singer.

by Anonymousreply 209January 23, 2022 12:53 PM

R209 - Agreed. Very underrated by comparison too. Had he lived, he would've far outshone Tony B...who's more traditionally a 'jazz singer' but no where near as dynamic a performer and all around talent.

by Anonymousreply 210January 23, 2022 9:45 PM

This new jazz documentary looks really good.

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by Anonymousreply 211January 24, 2022 9:42 PM

Thanks again to OP & all. Always loved the Count & Lester..

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by Anonymousreply 212January 25, 2022 1:11 AM

Bobby Darin's voice or musicianship was nowhere near as good as Sinatra's (in his younger years) or Bennett. And he adopted the worst qualities of Sinatra's "Ring-a-Ding" years.

by Anonymousreply 213January 25, 2022 2:16 AM

A bit atypical for him perhaps, but the man could really swing.

The man is EIGHTY-SIX YEARS OLD , still tours and sounds great.

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by Anonymousreply 214January 30, 2022 12:06 PM

r212: "Jumpin at the Woodside" was intended to be the music for this classic jitterbug dance sequence with Whitey's Lindy Hoppers from HELLZAPOPPIN! (1941) , but rights issue could not be worked out and it was replaced by other music (which wasn't bad)

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by Anonymousreply 215January 30, 2022 12:13 PM

Bunny Berigan - I Can't Get Started

Like many great jazz musicians, Berigan drank himself to death - at the age of 33.

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by Anonymousreply 216January 30, 2022 12:56 PM

I played a round of golf with Mathis many years ago R214. Nice guy, good golfer.

by Anonymousreply 217January 30, 2022 4:00 PM

R217, I am pea green. I would have been an ass for sure. Wouldn't have been able to not be a silly fan. I would have to have an autograph & would have begged, begged to even hear one line of a song. He is a God of song in my eyes!

by Anonymousreply 218January 30, 2022 4:04 PM

Can't forget this Ella masterpiece.

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by Anonymousreply 219January 30, 2022 4:39 PM

I'm with you, r218. The man's musicianship is stellar. And I've never heard of him being anything but a gentleman to fans and co-workers. No diva attitude. And he tours constantly to sold-out shows.

The only thing about him I don't care for is his horrible hairpiece. But it's a look his fans love him for.

by Anonymousreply 220January 30, 2022 4:44 PM

He was very nicely put together for someone not very tall and was dressed beautifully. I was smitten.

by Anonymousreply 221January 30, 2022 6:02 PM

Victor was a jazz musician - Grace Jones

by Anonymousreply 222February 3, 2022 11:37 AM

I love, love, love this thread, so glad people keep posting new ones & are educating me!!

This is the DL I know & love, so much.

by Anonymousreply 223February 3, 2022 12:41 PM

Billie can't get started

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by Anonymousreply 224February 3, 2022 12:47 PM

The Nearness of You. A fellow musician friend of mine used to do a great version of it— but here’s Ella and Louis doing a smashing version of it:

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by Anonymousreply 225February 3, 2022 1:08 PM

This album is phenomenal

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by Anonymousreply 226February 3, 2022 1:17 PM

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

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by Anonymousreply 227February 3, 2022 1:18 PM


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by Anonymousreply 228February 3, 2022 1:21 PM

Fantastic album

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by Anonymousreply 229February 3, 2022 1:26 PM

Interesting that we're 200+ posts in and no one has mentioned the second-most covered standard in jazz history.

Oscar Peterson's version

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by Anonymousreply 230February 3, 2022 8:55 PM

I LOVE DL & all those on this thread. Its like a free graduate course in a top rate music school...

Thank you all!!

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by Anonymousreply 231February 3, 2022 9:07 PM

Years ago, Saturday Review conducted a poll of professional composers and lyricists of the greatest song. All the Things You Are was the winner.

by Anonymousreply 232February 3, 2022 11:11 PM

r232 that's really interesting (but not surprising). It's a great song.

Tommy Dorsey's version

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by Anonymousreply 233February 4, 2022 12:13 AM

Artie Shaw's version

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by Anonymousreply 234February 4, 2022 12:20 AM

Not jazzy, but the full orchestral and choral version of the song as performed in the theater is gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 235February 4, 2022 1:25 AM

All the Things You Are (original version)

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by Anonymousreply 236February 4, 2022 1:33 AM

This is slightly off topic, but has anyone here ever heard of The 1975? They're a British group and they have a very jazzy sound. I heard them for the first time a while ago and I was thinking of them.

by Anonymousreply 237February 4, 2022 3:31 AM

"Here's that Rainy day" Hard to find one I like, but this one seems to be the best of the moment. Hard one for vocalists,, haven't heard one I like yet as a vocal

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by Anonymousreply 238February 4, 2022 3:48 AM

How about this rainy day

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by Anonymousreply 239February 4, 2022 4:02 AM

Found a decent vocal of Rainy day

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by Anonymousreply 240February 4, 2022 4:48 AM

I love Till Brönner—this a great album.

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by Anonymousreply 241February 4, 2022 6:47 AM

I wish you love….

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by Anonymousreply 242February 4, 2022 6:53 AM

This compilation put together by Billy Crystal is a phenomenal retrospective. Billie actually babysat him when he was a child.

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by Anonymousreply 243February 4, 2022 7:00 AM

Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan have a beautiful cover of "Stardust"

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by Anonymousreply 244February 4, 2022 9:02 PM

Wow that’s gorgeous r244

by Anonymousreply 245February 4, 2022 9:05 PM

Let's not forget how dirty the blues could be. And no one could do it better than Dinah.

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by Anonymousreply 246February 4, 2022 10:14 PM

A swinging "Stardust"

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by Anonymousreply 247February 5, 2022 6:35 PM

Not sure if anyone hit it or not...."Isn't it romantic" the tune that can usually lead to gettin' laid..

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by Anonymousreply 248February 5, 2022 9:04 PM

Even better to get one...Oh Hohnny

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by Anonymousreply 249February 5, 2022 9:16 PM

"All the Things You Are" is ... the most perfectly constructed of all popular standards.

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by Anonymousreply 250February 6, 2022 2:19 PM

Just discovered this nice version of "Isn't It Romantic?"

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by Anonymousreply 251February 27, 2022 4:57 PM

Have any of you ever heard of Angelina Jordan?

She is a Norwegian singer who began singing in a jazz style from a very young age. She won Norway's Got Talent when she 8 years old. At 14, she got a record contract with Republic Records.

She just turned 16 and is now living in Los Angeles. She is building her career slowly as her family wants her to finish school before she does music full-time. She has being doing tons of covers on YouTube since she was young.

Here she is at age 9 doing "I Put a Spell on You":

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by Anonymousreply 252March 2, 2022 12:52 AM

Play 'Misty' For Me

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by Anonymousreply 253March 2, 2022 12:58 AM

I said play it!

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by Anonymousreply 254March 2, 2022 1:02 AM

Angelina Jordan, age 7, Gloomy Sunday, on Norway's Got Talent

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by Anonymousreply 255March 2, 2022 1:04 AM

I find a young girl singing I Put a Spell on You like that is a bit creepy.

by Anonymousreply 256March 2, 2022 1:05 AM

The very first time I saw it I thought it was odd, too. But then I got used to it and realized she was just very advanced for her age after seeing her other videos.

by Anonymousreply 257March 2, 2022 1:08 AM

Angelina Jordan at age 13 singing Bohemian Rhapsody on America's Got Talent

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by Anonymousreply 258March 2, 2022 1:12 AM

Duke Ellington & Bob Russell's 'I Didn't Know About You' has haunted me since the first time I heard it decades ago. The lyrics about using a meaningless social life to mask loneliness are timeless and still ring true today. Just gorgeous.

This rendition by Patti Page is one of my favorites. Not only because of Pete Rugulo's exquisite arrangement, but the straight forward way that Patti Page sang it. She let the gorgeous melody & lyrics speak for themselves.

Pat Suzuki also did an excellent, lightly swinging version on one of few LPs.

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by Anonymousreply 259March 2, 2022 1:17 AM

Does "I've Got You under My Skin" count as jazz? It's one of my favorites, especially Sinatra's recording for Capitol. Carly Simon does a version I like, too.

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by Anonymousreply 260March 2, 2022 2:52 AM

Dinah Washington swings "Skin" earlier in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 261March 2, 2022 12:50 PM

I love that song too, r259.

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by Anonymousreply 262March 2, 2022 12:53 PM

I love Syms' world-weariness in her rendition. And she's underrated in general.

by Anonymousreply 263March 2, 2022 12:55 PM

My Funny Valentine - Angelina Jordan

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by Anonymousreply 264March 2, 2022 8:25 PM

Angelina doing funny Valentine reminds me a bit of my darling Julie London, but she's got a ways to go, for sure. But of course who can top my Adonis, Chet doing funny Valentine? He will always be my poster boy for what that jealous God addiction does to the addict. "Let's get Lost" one of the saddest docu's of all time. RIP darling Chet, you still always bring me such joy.

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by Anonymousreply 265March 12, 2022 2:23 AM

Wish my mavens & Jazz sages would please come back & post more. please. This thread sent me on a quest & I learned so much. Hungry for more!!

by Anonymousreply 266April 17, 2022 2:33 AM

Great album

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by Anonymousreply 268April 17, 2022 3:51 PM

Not a jazz standard, but a nice bilingual duet some might enjoy.

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by Anonymousreply 269April 17, 2022 3:53 PM

I bow down to you my Jazz sages, more wonderfulness!! Thank you. Keep em' coming, I'm a hungry student at your feet.

by Anonymousreply 270April 17, 2022 4:21 PM

"In A Sentimental Mood" with Ellington and Coltrane might be one of the most beautiful, moody, timeless jazz performances ever recorded. Definitely my favorite instrumental jazz track.

Put this album on in the wee small hours of the morning with rain glistening outside your window...it's transportive!

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by Anonymousreply 271April 18, 2022 11:45 PM

R271, I saw this thread and I was just getting ready to post that tune. Thank you!!!

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