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Abe Beeson’s Top 100 Jazz Songs

4 Jan

As you know, KPLU is currently asking our listeners to help us rank the Top 100 Jazz Songs of all time. You can vote for your Top 5 at this very website!

http://www.kplunews.org/post/jazz-100-one-hundred-quintessential-jazz-songs

In case you’re struggling to remember your favorites, I’ve put together a list of my Top 100, in a very loose order (Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” is my #1!) to remind you of great songs that I hope will find their way onto a few ballots.

So peruse, discuss, frown, laugh, feel free to comment… and vote today!

1) “’Round Midnight” THELONIOUS MONK

“Take Five” DAVE BRUBECK

“All Blues” MILES DAVIS

“St. Thomas” SONNY ROLLINS

“My Funny Valentine” CHET BAKER

“Take the ‘A’ Train” DUKE ELLINGTON

“God Bless the Child” BILLIE HOLIDAY

“Lush Life” JOHNNY HARTMAN/JOHN COLTRANE

“Summertime” MILES DAVIS

10) “Stolen Moments” OLIVER NELSON

“Chitlins Con Carne” KENNY BURRELL

“Sugar” STANLEY TURRENTINE

“Birdland” WEATHER REPORT

“Spain” CHICK COREA/RETURN TO FOREVER

“Parker’s Mood” CHARLIE PARKER

“Love Supreme Pt 1: Acknowledgement” JOHN COLTRANE

“Waltz for Debby” BILL EVANS

“Chealsea Bridge” BEN WEBSTER

“April in Paris” COUNT BASIE

20) “Moanin’” ART BLAKEY/JAZZ MESSENGERS

“Work Song” NAT ADDERLEY

“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

“Oye Como Va” TITO PUENTE

“Four on Six” WES MONTGOMERY

“Midnight Special” JIMMY SMITH

“Girl from Ipanema” STAN GETZ/JOAO & ASTRUD GILBERTO

“A Child is Born” THAD JONES/MEL LEWIS ORCHESTRA

“St. Louis Blues” ART TATUM

“Central Park West” JOHN COLTRANE

30) “I’m in the Mood for Love” JAMES MOODY

“Jump, Jive & Wail” LOUIS PRIMA

“Sing, Sing, Sing” BENNY GOODMAN

“Song for My Father” HORACE SILVER

“Let’s Get Lost” CHET BAKER

“My Baby Just Cares for Me” NINA SIMONE

“Body and Soul” SARAH VAUGHAN

“Sweet Georgia Brown” ANITA O’DAY

“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” E. FITZGERALD/L. ARMSTRONG

“The ‘In’ Crowd” RAMSEY LEWIS

40) “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” VINCE GUARALDI

“Hit the Road Jack” RAY CHARLES

“Seven Steps to Heaven” MILES DAVIS

“The Sidewinder” LEE MORGAN

“Infant Eyes” WAYNE SHORTER

“Watermelon Man” HERBIE HANCOCK

“Salt Peanuts” DIZZY GILLESPIE

“Flying Home” LIONEL HAMPTON/BENNY GOODMAN

“Bouncing with Bud” BUD POWELL

“Your Mind Is On Vacation” MOSE ALLISON

50) “Canadian Sunset” GENE AMMONS

“It Don’t Mean a Thing…” D.ELLINGTON/L.ARMSTRONG

“Lester Leaps In” COUNT BASIE/LESTER YOUNG

“Everyday I Have the Blues” JOE WILLIAMS/COUNT BASIE

“Mood Indigo” DUKE ELLINGTON

“Straight, No Chaser” THELONIOUS MONK

“Fever” PEGGY LEE

“Joy Spring” CLIFFORD BROWN/MAX ROACH

“Minnie the Moocher” CAB CALLOWAY

“Georgia on My Mind” RAY CHARLES

60) “Haitian Fight Song” CHARLES MINGUS

“Misty” ERROLL GARNER

“Route 66” NAT ‘KING’ COLE

“My Favorite Things” JOHN COLTRANE

“Someday My Prince Will Come” MILES DAVIS

“Cold Duck Time” LES McCANN/EDDIE HARRIS

“Very Early” BILL EVANS

“Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered” ELLA FITZGERALD

“Night Train” JIMMY FORREST

“Senor Blues” HORACE SILVER

70) “The Peacocks” STAN GETZ/JIMMY ROWLES

“A Night in Tunisia” DIZZY GILLESPIE

“Twisted” JONI MITCHELL

“Cantaloupe Island” HERBIE HANCOCK

“Listen Here” EDDIE HARRIS

“Misterioso” THELONIOUS MONK

“Tuxedo Junction” ERSKINE HAWKINS ORCHESTRA

“You Go To My Head” BILLIE HOLIDAY

“Poinciana” AHMAD JAMAL

“Killer Joe” THE JAZZTET

80) “Blues in the Night” QUINCY JONES

“Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” LOUIS JORDAN

“Doodlin’” HORACE SILVER

“What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?” MARY LOU WILLIAMS

“Java Jive” MANHATTAN TRANSFER

“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” CHARLES MINGUS

“Django” MODERN JAZZ QUARTET

“Bernie’s Tune” GERRY MULLIGAN/CHET BAKER

“Bloomdido” CHARLIE PARKER

“The Summer Knows” PHIL WOODS

90) “I Could Have Danced All Night” OSCAR PETERSON

“Bohemia After Dark” OSCAR PETTIFORD

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” DJANGO REINHARDT

“Afro Blue” MONGO SANTAMARIA

“I Loves You Porgy” NINA SIMONE

“One for My Baby” FRANK SINATRA

“Tea for Two” ART TATUM

“Soul Bird (Tin Tin Deo)” CAL TJADER

“Lover Man” SARAH VAUGHAN

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” FATS WALLER

100) “This Can’t Be Love” DINAH WASHINGTON

Abe Beeson's Top 100 Jazz Songs

4 Jan

As you know, KPLU is currently asking our listeners to help us rank the Top 100 Jazz Songs of all time. You can vote for your Top 5 at this very website!

http://www.kplunews.org/post/jazz-100-one-hundred-quintessential-jazz-songs

In case you’re struggling to remember your favorites, I’ve put together a list of my Top 100, in a very loose order (Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” is my #1!) to remind you of great songs that I hope will find their way onto a few ballots.

So peruse, discuss, frown, laugh, feel free to comment… and vote today!

1) “’Round Midnight” THELONIOUS MONK

“Take Five” DAVE BRUBECK

“All Blues” MILES DAVIS

“St. Thomas” SONNY ROLLINS

“My Funny Valentine” CHET BAKER

“Take the ‘A’ Train” DUKE ELLINGTON

“God Bless the Child” BILLIE HOLIDAY

“Lush Life” JOHNNY HARTMAN/JOHN COLTRANE

“Summertime” MILES DAVIS

10) “Stolen Moments” OLIVER NELSON

“Chitlins Con Carne” KENNY BURRELL

“Sugar” STANLEY TURRENTINE

“Birdland” WEATHER REPORT

“Spain” CHICK COREA/RETURN TO FOREVER

“Parker’s Mood” CHARLIE PARKER

“Love Supreme Pt 1: Acknowledgement” JOHN COLTRANE

“Waltz for Debby” BILL EVANS

“Chealsea Bridge” BEN WEBSTER

“April in Paris” COUNT BASIE

20) “Moanin’” ART BLAKEY/JAZZ MESSENGERS

“Work Song” NAT ADDERLEY

“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

“Oye Como Va” TITO PUENTE

“Four on Six” WES MONTGOMERY

“Midnight Special” JIMMY SMITH

“Girl from Ipanema” STAN GETZ/JOAO & ASTRUD GILBERTO

“A Child is Born” THAD JONES/MEL LEWIS ORCHESTRA

“St. Louis Blues” ART TATUM

“Central Park West” JOHN COLTRANE

30) “I’m in the Mood for Love” JAMES MOODY

“Jump, Jive & Wail” LOUIS PRIMA

“Sing, Sing, Sing” BENNY GOODMAN

“Song for My Father” HORACE SILVER

“Let’s Get Lost” CHET BAKER

“My Baby Just Cares for Me” NINA SIMONE

“Body and Soul” SARAH VAUGHAN

“Sweet Georgia Brown” ANITA O’DAY

“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” E. FITZGERALD/L. ARMSTRONG

“The ‘In’ Crowd” RAMSEY LEWIS

40) “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” VINCE GUARALDI

“Hit the Road Jack” RAY CHARLES

“Seven Steps to Heaven” MILES DAVIS

“The Sidewinder” LEE MORGAN

“Infant Eyes” WAYNE SHORTER

“Watermelon Man” HERBIE HANCOCK

“Salt Peanuts” DIZZY GILLESPIE

“Flying Home” LIONEL HAMPTON/BENNY GOODMAN

“Bouncing with Bud” BUD POWELL

“Your Mind Is On Vacation” MOSE ALLISON

50) “Canadian Sunset” GENE AMMONS

“It Don’t Mean a Thing…” D.ELLINGTON/L.ARMSTRONG

“Lester Leaps In” COUNT BASIE/LESTER YOUNG

“Everyday I Have the Blues” JOE WILLIAMS/COUNT BASIE

“Mood Indigo” DUKE ELLINGTON

“Straight, No Chaser” THELONIOUS MONK

“Fever” PEGGY LEE

“Joy Spring” CLIFFORD BROWN/MAX ROACH

“Minnie the Moocher” CAB CALLOWAY

“Georgia on My Mind” RAY CHARLES

60) “Haitian Fight Song” CHARLES MINGUS

“Misty” ERROLL GARNER

“Route 66” NAT ‘KING’ COLE

“My Favorite Things” JOHN COLTRANE

“Someday My Prince Will Come” MILES DAVIS

“Cold Duck Time” LES McCANN/EDDIE HARRIS

“Very Early” BILL EVANS

“Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered” ELLA FITZGERALD

“Night Train” JIMMY FORREST

“Senor Blues” HORACE SILVER

70) “The Peacocks” STAN GETZ/JIMMY ROWLES

“A Night in Tunisia” DIZZY GILLESPIE

“Twisted” JONI MITCHELL

“Cantaloupe Island” HERBIE HANCOCK

“Listen Here” EDDIE HARRIS

“Misterioso” THELONIOUS MONK

“Tuxedo Junction” ERSKINE HAWKINS ORCHESTRA

“You Go To My Head” BILLIE HOLIDAY

“Poinciana” AHMAD JAMAL

“Killer Joe” THE JAZZTET

80) “Blues in the Night” QUINCY JONES

“Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” LOUIS JORDAN

“Doodlin’” HORACE SILVER

“What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?” MARY LOU WILLIAMS

“Java Jive” MANHATTAN TRANSFER

“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” CHARLES MINGUS

“Django” MODERN JAZZ QUARTET

“Bernie’s Tune” GERRY MULLIGAN/CHET BAKER

“Bloomdido” CHARLIE PARKER

“The Summer Knows” PHIL WOODS

90) “I Could Have Danced All Night” OSCAR PETERSON

“Bohemia After Dark” OSCAR PETTIFORD

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” DJANGO REINHARDT

“Afro Blue” MONGO SANTAMARIA

“I Loves You Porgy” NINA SIMONE

“One for My Baby” FRANK SINATRA

“Tea for Two” ART TATUM

“Soul Bird (Tin Tin Deo)” CAL TJADER

“Lover Man” SARAH VAUGHAN

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” FATS WALLER

100) “This Can’t Be Love” DINAH WASHINGTON

A Friendly Friday Trumpet Battle

4 Jun

Some fun old footage with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Ted Buckner and Bill Coleman. Enjoy!

Clash of the College Bands Tournament – The Finals!

13 Apr

It’s finally here, the championship round of our Clash of the College Bands Tournament. We started out with 12 big bands from colleges and universities that you nominated, and now it is down to the final remaining two.

In week 10, DePaul beat Whitworth convincingly in the second of two semifinal rounds, and now heads to the finals to match up against the mighty University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band. The winner will be declared the first ever Clash of the College Band Tournament Champion, with bragging rights for an entire year.

Every vote counts! Click on the links below to give both bands a listen, and then vote on which band you like best.

To see the bracket, click here.

DePaul University Jazz Ensemble I – Don’t Even Ask (courtesy of CD That Being Said by the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble 1)

University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band – Dark Matters

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 10

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 9

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 8 (quarterfinals): University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band vs the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble 1

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 7 (quarterfinals): University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band vs the BYU Synthesis Big Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 6 (quarterfinals): University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I vs Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 5 (quarterfinals): University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 4: Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble I vs. University of North Texas Two O’ Clock Lab Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 3: University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble vs. BYU Synthesis Big Band

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 2: Willamette University Jazz Collective vs. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

Clash of the College Bands

Clash of the College Bands Tourney – Week 2: Willamette University Jazz Collective vs. University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1

11 Jan

Congratulations to the week 1 winner, University of Miami, who beat Princeton with 78% of the vote.

Week 2 begins now, with the first round match up between the Willamette University Jazz Collective versus the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1.

To see the bracket, click here.

Each week, two college or university big bands will “face off”. You, as the reader, will listen to a song from each band, and then vote for the one you like the best. After the week is over, one team will move on to the next round, and we will feature two new bands. The last band standing is the Clash of the College Bands winner.

Below are the next two school bands.

Click on the link for each school. Audio will begin in a new page. After you have listened to each band, vote on the one you like the best.

University of Northern Colorado Lab Band 1 – Flux in the Box (audio made available by UNC Jazz Studies website)

Willamette University Jazz Collective – In Your Voice (audio made available by Willamette University Music website)

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

Clash of the College Bands

Clash of the College Bands Tourney Begins Now! Week 1: University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band

4 Jan

You may remember a few months back I was taking requests from you for the top college or university big bands in the country, so we could set up a little tournament for these bands (see Clash of the College Bands).

Well the nominations came in, and the bracket is set. Now it is up to you to see who wins. Here is how it works:

Each week, two college or university big bands will “face off”. You, as the reader, will listen to a song from each band, and then vote for the one you like the best. After the week is over, one team will move on to the next round, and we will feature two new bands. The last band standing is the Clash of the College Bands winner.

You may view the tournament bracket by clicking here.

Below are the first two school bands, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band vs. Princeton University Big Band.

Click on the link for each school. Audio will begin in a new page. After you have listened to each band, vote on the one you like the best.

University of Miami Concert Jazz Band – Nasty Blues (audio made available by YouTube post)

Princeton University Big Band – Mean What You Say (audio sample made available by Princeton University School of Music Website)

Groove Notes Poll: Who will win the jazz Grammy Awards this year?

12 Dec

The nominations are out for the 2009 Grammy awards. And whether you agree with them or not, we’d like to know who you think will win. Below are all of the categories involving jazz artists. Let your vote be heard!

John Coltrane and the Debate Over His Best

25 Apr

Every time I make the mistake of suggesting that one of John Coltrane’s albums is his best, no matter which album I choose, I am usually informed that I am crazy and I have no idea what I’m talking about. In fact, I don’t think that I’ve heard more debate over a particular artist or group and what their best album might be than Coltrane (with the exception perhaps being The Beatles).

If I suggest the best is Blue Train, I am told “no way, it is A Love Supreme“. If I spend the next two weeks listen to and analyzing A Love Supreme, and then concede that A Love Supreme is in fact the best, someone else tells me that the best is John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. You get the idea.

So which one is it? Rather than me offering my personal opinion on which album is Coltrane’s best, I will offer up a handful of albums by Coltrane, and ask you to decide with your responses and a poll. Which one do you think is Coltrane’s best?

Giant Steps

giant-steps1Highlighted by the title track and Naima, we get to hear Coltrane tear through this album with legendary improvisation. It is clear on this album the influence that working on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue had on him.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

hartmanOne of two albums that Coltrane released following heavy early ’60’s criticism that Coltrane had gone off the jazz deep end. If there were still doubters that felt Coltrane couldn’t play music slowly and sweetly, this release should have done away with those doubts. Hartman’s voice is a wonderful pairing with Coltrane’s sax.

A Love Supreme

love-supremeThis album remains one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. It also remains Coltrane’s definitive spiritual release. It boasts one of the greatest rhythm sections of all time (McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones) playing at their finest.

Ballads

balladsThis was Coltrane’s first response to critics who said he couldn’t play, or had abandonded the slow, sweet stuff. Not only did he prove that he could, but he rose to be considered one of the best player of ballads in jazz history.

Blue Train

blue-trainWhile I might have said that  I wasn’t going to offer my opinion, I must say that Blue Train over the course of time has regularly risen to the top of my list. Maybe not as flashy as some of his other albums, but this one really connects with me, and as far as I am concerned, is the best Blue Note release ever (read up on my Top 10 Blue Note recordings here).

My Favorite Things

favorite-thingsMy Favorite Things strikes me as Giant Steps on steroids…and with a soprano sax. The songs and solos are longer and more complex, offering a wonderful intensity.

Let us know which album you think is best with your comments, and take our poll below.

Groove Notes Poll: Who will win the jazz Grammy Awards this year?

17 Dec

The nominations are out for the 2008 Grammy awards. And whether you agree with them or not (i.e. Roy Hargrove’s Earfood album getting snubbed), we’d like to know who you think will win. Below are all of the categories involving jazz artists, even if just in a small way. Let your vote be heard!

And, as always, you’re comments are encouraged!!!

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