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Happy Music Monday! Because of the holiday last week, Scott managed to forget the birthdays of both Miles Davis and Sun Ra. So this week, he's making it right with a Music Monday all about jazz. Sadly, there's a lot of great artists he has to skip, so he's counting on you to make it right in the comments after. Here's his five to start you out...

Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine


Miles Davis, man. It's hard to think of any other artist who did as much, influenced as much, and made as much happen. Not even David Bowie conquered as many different styles as Miles Davis. So only picking one song? How could anyone make that call? Finally I chose My Funny Valentine because it's smooth, pretty, and won't freak out purists as much as this does. Happy belated birthday, Miles. And thank you for helping my record collection be cool.

Four more jazz artists to go, and then it'll be your turn to complain and judge. Isn't that what being a jazz fan is all about? See you after the jump.

As always, remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Memories. Remember last week? Gosh, wasn't it great? But don't get caught daydreaming about the past. Check out our current Music Monday, right now!

Sun Ra - We Travel The Spaceways


There's a planet up there where Sun Ra actually came from, and their Classic Rock radio stations play things like this all the time. Sun Ra came to us from that planet, and anything else you read is just part of the cover-up. Seriously, who are you going to believe? Some Wikipedia page that talks about how influential he was? Or your own ears? For Sun Ra to be a mere human, we'd have to believe in a man who was half Douglas Adams and half Wu-Tang Clan. Surely someone like that would HAVE to be an alien!

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman - They Say It's Wonderful


Okay, fine, you caught me. I couldn't help but find a way to sneak both these men in at the same time. But can you blame me? Hartman's warm, deep voice is a treat no matter what he's singing, but when balance by the undisputed genius of the sax? It's pretty much perfect. PS: This album is super cheap in mp3 form, and I can't recommend it enough.

Nina Simone - Feelings


There are a lot of artists who can do a really good song. True genius, however, can best be demonstrated by taking something that's terrible and making it into something brilliant. Nina Simone has greater ballads and more passionate songs but here she simply deconstructs a 70's crap-pop hit. By the end of it, you're listening to a song with real meaning. And it's not the song that's doing all the work.

Isao Suzuki - Aqua Marine


Okay, I'm totally being all hipster now, but there's a good chance most of you will never have heard this before. I myself only know of it because I got lucky and found it on a compilation by accident. That's why I'm skipping over other, more famous jazz bass players, in hopes you'll all get the rush that only comes from hearing something new. Because that's what jazz is supposed to be all about.

Okay, now it's your turn. Doesn't matter if you want to talk about John Zorn or Bing Crosby, post all the jazz heroes that Scott so rudely ignored. Then feel free to visit our Turntable.fm room and dig that crazy Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia pages and are here under fair use.


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"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
"Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles


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I'm a big fan of this version of The Candy Man.


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Not a big jazz person (unless you mean all the popular songs of previous days that became jazz standards), lifelong obsession with Steely Dan and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band notwithstanding.

That being said, this is my favorite version of Sweet & Lovely:

And I also have a mild fascination with Monk's version of Lulu's Back in Town:

I had a Steely Dan/Duke Ellington combination that won't post correctly, so I'll try it separately.


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Here's Ellington's original version of East St. Louis Toodle-oo:

And here is Steely Dan's version:

Bonzo Dog's Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold is here for perspective:


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Let's all enjoy some Betty Boop cartoons featuring roto-scoped Cab Calloway:


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If you are from the greater Chicagoland area and are, as the French of would say, of a certain age, you may remember the opening and/or closing credits of Image Union on WTTW.

I could have SWORN the opening credits featured Fats Waller's Yacht Club Swing, but could only find this, which does have some sort of jazz noodling in the background and then launches into Steve Dahl's Falklands song parody:

Here are some closing credits:

For what's it worth, here is Fats Waller's Yacht Club Swing:

Man, I just love Fats Waller.


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I love jazz. Old and new. I want to recommend one jazz singer in particular because I fell madly in love with one of her songs. And isn't that what jazz is all about?


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"Jazz spans a range of music from ragtime to the present day—a period of over 100 years—and has proved to be very difficult to define."

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - "A Taste Of Honey"

Have you checked your Private Messages lately?


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mossygreen wrote:Let's all enjoy some Betty Boop cartoons featuring roto-scoped Cab Calloway:

LOL, it still surprises me when I can read the credits on these old cartoons.
They were on TV when I was very young.

Those old cartoons did introduce us to tons of music. Classical and jazz.

No greater love is lost than that not shared.


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LarryLars wrote:"Jazz spans a range of music from ragtime to the present day—a period of over 100 years—and has proved to be very difficult to define."

I won't argue as long as it's not "smooth." I don't have a problem with it, I just don't think a lot of it sounds like jazz. A lot of it sounds like Steely Dan without the wit.


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Woodpecker wrote:Of course Dave Brubeck - Take Five

but also
Chase - Get It On
Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Tower of Power - What is Hip?

My first thought when I saw "Get It On" was, lord, how many songs are titled that? And then I saw the year, and realized that it had to be the song that forced T.Rex to retitle "Get It On" as "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" and was THRILLED.

And then I watched the Rockit video and it still kind of terrifies me.

So thanks!