Hi everyone! Happy new year! It’s been a while, once again. Any way, I’m back with a new Music of the week post. Since last week, I found myself reading the autobiography of the one and only Miles Davis. I’ve listened to his music before, but now that I’m actually learning about how he got into playing the trumpet and learning more about how the bebop jazz movement started, I started listening more to that sort of stuff lately. So this Music of the week could be a jazz special of my favourite jazz tracks at the moment. It is quite hard for me to set a list of my most favourite one on that, as one song is as powerful as the other. So here are the tracks, in no specific order.
MOANIN’ BY ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
This live version is awesome! Simply because it is about 4 minutes longer than the original recording. The solos are great and you get to see what it was like back then. For some reason, since I’m a kid, I’ve always loved to look at black jazz players. Mainly because they had that very hip and sort classy look/stance while on stage.
TAKE FIVE BY THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET
This track here is a jazz classic! I’ve loved it since I’m a kid and even though it takes me back to my childhood, every time that I listen to it, I realise how great that tune is. Mainly because of the piano chords in the background that help the bass and support extremely well the drums and the sax! Just great! And that version has a few moments that make giggle and laugh during solo parts.
DON’T BE THAT WAY BY BENNY GOODMAN
A few weeks back, Emilie and I went to visit her family in Saint-Jean de Monts (France) to celebrate Christmas. Her dad got his brother a few jazz CD’s and this track was the one that we all enjoyed together. Either when prepping meals, playing dice games or waking up. Not only it reminds of that great time spent with them, it represents what I enjoy the most in jazz: big bands!
UNE PETITE LAITUE BY ROY ELDRIDGE
This track happened to be on the same jazz CD that my father in law gave to his brother as a gift for Christmas. Now, what I really like about that track, is that, not only the song is in French, but the song is about food. More specically about salad. Yes. The whole song is about a small lettuce. Which is fun, naive, and a great song to listen to at any time of the day.
ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD BY MILES DAVIS
Here is Miles Davis improvising during the record sessions of the soundtrack for Louis Balle’s movie Ascenseur pour l’echafaud. Although we only here Miles playing for a few minutes, the first time I saw that footage, I knew that I needed to learn more about him. One of my favourite musicians of all times.
What song/track/album/video did you listened to/watched most the last few weeks? Let me know what you think of that selection and if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.
Have a sound day!