Since You’re Gone – George Benson & Earl Klugh

If you prefer the more contemporary sound of jazz, guitarist Earl Klugh sets the standard.  George Benson’s roots lie in traditional jazz but migrated more toward the pop or ‘smooth’ side during the 70s and 80s, establishing his own instantly recognizable musical stye.

Autumn Leaves / Pete Kelly’s Blues – Beegie Adair

The Beegie Adair Trio provides a gentle swinging version of the jazz classic “Autumn Leaves,” written by Joseph Kosma (English lyric by Johnny Mercer), live at the Nashville Jazz Workshop in Nashville, Tennessee.  Listen for the way bassist Roger Spencer throws a few bars of “Suicide Is Painless” from M*A*S*H* into his solo!

Beegie is a huge but lesser known talent who never fully received the recognition she deserves.  She has been playing piano since the age of five … originally from Kentucky, she now lives in Nashville. Her rendition of “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (one of my favorites) is the best I’ve heard outside of the movie soundtrack.