Cry Me A River – Julie London

Sexy is, as the commercials say, “often imitated but never duplicated.”  It’s not baring lots of skin or exhibiting a particular sort of behavior but, rather, it is a natural quality that shines even through a high-button housecoat.  In other words, you either have it or you don’t.  Julie London oozed it!  Cry Me A River pretty much became her signature song and nobody ever did it better … it’s amazing how Julie’s simple but sexy rendition so completely outclasses modern ‘Divas’ with all their vocal gymnastics and glory notes!  This cut is from the May 1964 laser disc The Julie London Show with the Bobby Troup Quintet.

Satin Doll / Windsong – Mundell Lowe

Mundell Lowe and Louis Stewart perform Satin Doll together with a string quartet.  It’s a unique treatment of the Ellington / Strayhorn classic, with the tender touch of one of jazz’s guitar icons.

Wind Song is a rhythmic, medium-up tempo tune featuring Mundell Lowe and Louis Stewart on guitars, Jim Doherty piano, Dave Gausden bass, Peter Ainscough on drums, augmented by a classical string quartet just to keep things interesting.

Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby & Dean Martin Christmas

In 1957, two giants of music paired up for a Christmas special guaranteed to put you in the Holiday mood.  Here are Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, in their prime, singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “White Christmas”.

“Marshmallow World” may not be jazz, but it is definitely Christmas … and these two characters are definitely Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (in a 1967 TV special).  You can’t rub them together without making sparks!

The Third Eye / Drum Conversation – Max Roach

The Third Eye

When it came to mastering his domain, Max Roach took a back seat to no one!  His smooth, energetic style placed him in the constant company of jazz icons like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman HawkinsMiles DavisDuke EllingtonCharles MingusThelonious Monk, and Sonny Rollins, to name just a few.

Drum Conversation

This is a Max Roach drum solo from “Jazz At Massey Hall” recorded live in Toronto, Canada.   A pioneer of bebop, Max worked comfortably in many other styles of music as well, and is generally considered to be one of the most important drummers in history.

Joe Pass & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen – Oleo

Joe Pass was an American musician of Sicilian descent … arguably one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century. Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (often called NHOP) was a Danish upright bassist/composer known as The Great Dane with the Never-Ending Name. Together they speak fluent jazz!