Jazz

Tenderly – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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Recently I was reminded of this song. Over twenty years ago I had the privilege of playing a cover version of this for a school swing band. My music teacher at the time encouraged me to listen to some jazz  and I really enjoyed listening to Ella Fitzgerald. What a talented vocalist.

This is such a sweet piece that I am glad I was reminded of it. Hence me being delighted to share it with you. 

Enjoy. 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

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Summertime – Peter Gabriel

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May is over and with that it is essentially the end of spring.  Any spring type weather in June is most out of place and so this is only fitting in bidding farewell to the season that brings life to a season that brings things of a very different nature.  I love this version of the track and hope you do too.  enjoy.

Shalom

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Recipe For Love – Harry Connick Jr.

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Harry Connick Jr.  Whatever happened to him?  Movies?  Actor?  Seriously?

OK, maybe seriously, I didn’t think he was that bad in Independence Day … no honestly, I thought he was alright.

As a jazz musician, though, that’s how I first came across him.  He was the deal.  The nearest anyone’s ever got to a certain Ol’ Blue Eyes this side of my generation.  This little number is one of the reasons why.  Enjoy.

Shalom

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The Look Of Love – Diana Krall

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Some days are designed for some moods.  Sometimes it’s good to be all up and ready to go for the day full of the joys of spring and that malarkey.  Other times it is more rewarding to just chill and let things slide on by as you relax yourself.

Diana Krall was made for the chill out and this song – wonderfully written by Bacharach and David if memory serves correctly – is made for the chill out lady as well, so take the recommendation to spend the next few minutes just chilling out to this beautiful track.  Enjoy.

Shalom

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Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles

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There’s this apprentice type person working in the office, can’t be more than 20 if a day over 18.  She means well and all that, and it’s a pleasure having her on the team.

The poor girl, though, has a first name called Georgia.  Now to put this in context, we’re talking about 21st Century Wigan here.  Who in their right minds would name their girl Georgia?  Nothing wrong with the name, but in Wigan?  21st Century?  Up north west England and a name like that is coming out of the hat?  Baffling!  Amazing!  Zany!  All the more reason to let this one out of the bag in celebration of the genius that was Ray Charles.  Enjoy.

Shalom

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More Stevie Birthday Tributes – Summer Soft – Najee

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Undoubtedly one of my favourite Stevie Wonder songs.  I love it, I love it, I love it.  So it is only fair that in this time of celebrating the great man’s birthday and getting all the tributes in that this particular one should play its part.  Nice mellow jazz version that blisses you out.  The performances are superb and just as well because nothing else will do for a song that I love.  Have I mentioned I love it? Enjoy.

Shalom

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Stevie Remixed: Sir Duke

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So there’s already been the brilliant remix of Wonder’s Superstition taking it from its setting and taking it to places new and good.  This remix is worth enjoying because of that commitment to keeping to the original in the largest extent but setting it on that current vibe whilst cleverly using parts of the song to back itself and support itself in areas.  This is a really upbeat and dance to it updating of the song remixed to feel more than at home in a club setting that wasn’t about discos and the 1970’s track.

Just take a listen to it and sit back knowing that the art of remixing is in safe hands if they’re along these lines. Enjoy.

Shalom

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