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.
This video was taken on March 28, 1960 in Düsseldorf, West Germany during Coltrane’s first time in Europe. The band is one of Miles Davis’s first great quintets, but without Miles who chose to sit out this particular night. It’s John Coltrane on tenor with sidemen Wynton Kelly on Piano, Paul Chambers bass and Jimmy Cobb drums … all stars in their own right. The clip is sourced from the John Coltrane “Jazz Icons” DVD.
One of George Shearing’s signature pieces, a classic illustration of the trademark Shearing sound. While he moved on to solo work and vocal accompanyment, anyone who grew up with Shearing grew up with the sound of his quintet.
Originally trained as a classical pianist, Sergio Mendes was drawn to jazz and ultimately to Brazilian music with its Bossa Nova beat and soft pop stylings. His music is timeless and his name and Brasil ’66 have become household words worldwide and across generations.
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Get ready to be blown away! This live rendition of the Work Song was recorded in 1963. It features Cannonball Adderley on alto sax with what he called “one of his better solos”. Also Nat Adderley plays cornet, Joe Zawinul piano, Sam Jones bass, and Louis Hayes is on drums.
Recorded 1971 in Tivoli by The Jazz Giants: Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Thelonius Monk, piano; Kai Winding, trombone; Sonny Stitt, alto and tenor saxes; Al McKibbon, bass and Art Blakey, drums. It just doesn’t get better than that!
A little adventure into Jazz/R&B with two incredible organists, Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff. Also featuring Herman Riley (sax), Carl Lockett (guitar), and James Levy (drums). Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1992.
The legendary Ben Webster and Charlie Shavers at the Cafe Montmarte in Copenhagen, 1971. It is said a young accompanying musician once asked Ben, “Why do you always cry while you’re playing?” “I play so beautiful” was the response!