duke ellington, good jazz artists, in a sentimental mood, jazz, john coltrane, kind of blue, miles davis, old school friday, so what
This picture captures just how I like to listen to my jazz.
Other than mentioning how I attend the Capital Jazz Fest every year, I don’t talk much about my love for jazz in this space. I have the feeling if I did, I’d lose a lot of readers. Hey, you’ll have to deal with it today though.
There is only one song that immediately comes to mind when I think of jazz music. There is one song I can put on that I know will somehow take me through whatever emotions I may be experiencing at that moment. It’s a complex, beautiful piece by two of THE best to ever do it.
You may be familiar with this song from the movie Love Jones, which is where I first heard and fell in love with it.
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, “In A Sentimental Mood”, 1962
*drops mic and walks off the stage*
Okay, I’m back for an encore.
If you call yourself a true lover of jazz, Miles Davis Kind Of Blue is essential for your collection. Not owning this album would be like having the cornflakes without the milk. I just don’t get you.
Here’s a live performance from 1959 of “So What” from that epic album, which also happens to be the best selling jazz record of all time. Trane joins him for the performance. I couldn’t take my eyes (or ears!) off of it. I think you’ll agree.
Enjoy your weekend and be sure to check out the other old school friday participants for some more smooth jazz to get you through your day.
great pick!! This is one of the FIFTY songs I listened to on you tube for hours trying to pick one and then I just got caught up!!!
You can’t go wrong with the Duke!
hagar's daughter said:
Wow! Just beautiful…Enuf said.
Revvy Rev said:
A very chic presentation of classic sophistication! You know your stuff! I always enjoy and appreciate your selections.
In a Sentimental Mood is just perfect. I remember this song being on in my car as my family and I drove home from the hospital after my sister passed away. The sun was bright and the air was still and this song carried us home. It gave us a few moments of silence and peace between the tears.
I just loooove that photo!
Love these picks!
soul uk said:
never really listened to jazz, i dont really know why i just suppose iv never really been exposed to it . . . . . . . . Viv u have done it again, i now have even more music to add to my must buy list (every time i buy one, five more are added lol)! Both songs u covered here are fantastic!
i might get talked about for this… but the thing about jazz i don’t like is the use of symbols. its too overpowering at times and can get my nerves. many would argue that jazz great because of the spontaneity but it also turns people off who are use to having formalistic music. that being said i LOVE kinda blue and jazz singers (bille, ella, sarah, rachelle farrell, esperanza spalding, etc)
Kind Of Blue, Sketches In Spain, Sentimental Mood, A Love Supreme are classics. Brilliant artists and music. It’s a shame we don’t love it more since we created it.
I too was turned on “In A Sentimental Mood” from the Love Jones soundtrack…wasn’t that one of the best soundtracks…so diverse!
Good picks! Have a great weekend!
Very classic and great choices!
Tha Connoisseur said:
Love them both! Happy belated OSF. 🙂
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