Friday Nite Jazz: Music for the Jazz Damaged

Friday, April 20, 2007 | 06:00 PM

Vv_logoOutstanding Village Voice podcast/column on "Jazz for People Who Think They Hate Jazz," by LD Beghtol for our FNJ series.

It is a short set of songs programmed to engage those who are jazz damaged. Forget interminably long solos or boring improv -- this is a lovely set of jazz greats, with a heavy emphasis on beautiful melody and gorgeous musicality.

The terrific thing about LD Beghtol's podcast is he plays the full songs -- not just a 30 second snipettes. Sit back and enjoy:

Here's the playlist:

: Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker
"Look for the Silver Lining,"
Chet Baker Sings
(Blue Note, 1956)

: The Original: Complete Studio Recordings

Chico Hamilton
"The Morning After,"
Complete Pacific Jazz
The Original: Complete Studio Recordings 
(Galaxy, 1998)

: Complete Galaxy Recordings

Art Pepper 
"Over the Rainbow,"
Complete Galaxy Recordings

(Mosaic, 1989)

: Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961

Ahmad Jamal Trio 
"Surrey with the Fringe on Top"
Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961
(Chess, 1998)

: The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1

Count Basie & His Orchestra
"Taxi War Dance"
The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1
(legacy, 1987)

: Lester Swings

Lester Young
"Lester Swings"
The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions
(Blue Moon Jazz, 2005)

: Dave Digs Disney

Dave Brubeck Quartet
"When You Wish upon a Star"
Dave Digs Disney
(Columbia, 1957)


: Volume 1: Tram! Frank Trumbauer's Legacy To American Jazz 1923-1929

Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix & Lang
Singin' the Blues,"
Volume 1: Tram! Frank Trumbauer's Legacy To American Jazz 1923-1929

: I Can't Get Started

Bunny Berigan
I Can't Get Started
The Complete Brunswick, Parlophone and Vocalion Sessions
(Mosaic, 2003)

: The Bill Perkins Octet on Stage

Bill Perkins
"Song of the Islands,"
The Bill Perkins Octet on Stage
(Blue Note, 1956)


Note the newest category:  Friday Night Jazz

Playing Jazz for People Who Think They Hate Jazz
LD Beghtol
Village Voice, April 12th, 2007 12:48 PM,beghtol,76294,22.html

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This is the first time I have listened to Jazz since NC State in the early 60's and I remember now why I liked it then. One of my favorites was an album lying around the fraternity house by Miles Davis. A blusey sound track recording of a French murder mystery that I have not heard since and haven't a clue how to locate. Does this ring a bell and might you know the title? I would love to own a copy if it is available as a CD.

Posted by: NC Jim | Apr 20, 2007 9:39:53 PM

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