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Can you recommend a really good jazz tune/song?

Asked by Ayesha (6213points) October 21st, 2011

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wonderingwhy's avatar

I’ve had Milt Jackson’s “Ain’t But A Few Of Us Left” album, Sinatra’s “Live In Australia 1959”, and Dexter Gordon’s “Our Man In Paris” in rotation this week. I’d recommend all of them and as a bonus you get the Red Norvo Quintet with the Sinatra album.

If you just want a single track, I always enjoy Dave Brubeck’s Take 5.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Here’s a group for you Spyro Gyra. Check em out.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

If you’re looking for more classic jazz, check out Gap or Chuck Mangione, Cabo Frio, Jeff Tyzik, Steve Gadd, or even further back, Cab Calloway.

smilingheart1's avatar

This is a link for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation concerts on demand. It may not be what you are after for your current question, however, @Avesha, there is a gold mine of amazing talent from all over the world, complete concerts in any genre for lots of leisurely listening pleasure.

And no…..I don’t work for the CBC.

Brian1946's avatar

Miles Davis- Time After Time.
Spyro Gyra- Old San Juan.
Al Di Meola- Love Theme from ‘Pictures of the Sea’.
Dave Brubeck- Somewhere.

The above tunes are mostly jazz-pop fusions.

If you’d like to listen to more free-form jazz, try Miles Davis- Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.

Ayesha's avatar

Thank you everyone!
@Brian1946 Excellent answer. Really appreciate it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Brian1946 That was some great stuff! The Spyro Gyra Del Corazon live 1998 was out of this world. (It’s the last one on the youtube list,check it out). 20 GA’s

Brian1946's avatar


Thanks! I might not have thought of it if you hadn’t mentioned them.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’ve got Look to the Children, Esther Satterfield and Chuck Mangione playing right now.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Now Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway. Hi-Dee-Hi-Dee-Hi-Dee-Hi Hi-Dee-Hi-Dee-Hi-Dee-Ho

Sunny2's avatar

You’ll never go wrong with Ella Fitzgerald!

Ayesha's avatar

@Sunny2 She’s amazing!

Brian1946's avatar

Some of the best scat I’ve ever heard is Ella singing on Cottontail.

Blondesjon's avatar

Anything by Django Reinhardt.

Aqua's avatar

These are some jazz bands I like (along with a good song to start with):

The Bad Plus – ”Anthem for the Earnest
Christian McBride – “Camp Meeting”
Iiro Rantala New Trio – ”S**t Catapult
Kneebody – ”Dr. Beauchef, Penguin Dentist
The Sonic Nation – “January Was Confused”

I couldn’t find Christan McBride or The Sonic Nation on YouTube, but they’re both on Spotify.

lonelydragon's avatar

Seconding the Ella reccomendation. @Brian1946 She does that really well on “How High The Moon”, as well.

Brian1946's avatar

I just heard Hubert Laws’ cover of Let It Be. I really like it, but I couldn’t find it in Amazon’s MP3 downloads section or at You Tube.

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