Sunday, August 13, 2017

CALMING UNSETTLING TIMES

Music for my summer afternoons  . . . .  .  


"Summertime" -- Norah Jones with a svelte voice accompanied by suave pianist, Marian McPartland  at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival August 30, 2003




“Take Five” with Dave Brubeck’s classic . . . . .



"Estate (Summer)" with Shirley Horn's melancholy vocal . . . . .



"Lazy Afternoon" with Shirley Horn’s sensual rendition . . . .  .



"A Time For Love" with Shirley Horn's refined elegance . . . . .



"Dindi" with Shirley Horn Trio . . . . . 



"Gentle Rain" with Shirley Horn Trio instrumental . . . . . 



"Stardust" with Shirley Horn accompanied by Bill Charlap (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums). . . . .



"Smile" with Steven Tyler singing, featuring Chris Botti on trumpet . . . . .



"Here's To Life" as only Shirley Horn  can mesmerize . . . . .



14 comments:

  1. If only music COULD calm unsettling times....

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    1. Music does calm me for those moments in time.

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  2. Music calms me while driving. The car's mp3 player is always "on". Thanks for the videos.
    Cop Car

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    1. Different types of music are calming to me at different times as I expect is true for others since not all would experience this jazz as I do, for example. There are times when I only want to hear instrumental music with vocals distracting. Sometimes select classical music, orchestral semi-classical music, movie theme music, Broadway show tunes are more in sync with my mood but there's music for everyone's moods. Am always interested in what appeals to others -- sometimes the music of choice can reflect what was popular when the person was a young adult -- generational differences.

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    2. Unfortunately, hearing loss in my case does not only make things harder to hear; It also distorts sound, making a lot of music sound harsh and discordant. I generally just find some anodyne pop music and listen to it at background volume.

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    3. Hearing loss does play havoc with listening to music of any type. What you describe would certainly make deriving any pleasure from listening to music very difficult I would think.

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  3. One of the first LPs I bought was Brubeck's album that included "Take Five." I still love the whole album. Now, here's a confession: I'm not sure I've ever heard Shirley Horn. If I have, I don't know the name.

    I'm in the process of loading my music library onto an iPod, and it's interesting to see the mix: blues, bluegrass, some jazz (Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt) Gregorian chant, classic rock. And southern rock, and Texas swing. Renaissance motets. JJ Cale, and Cajun anything.

    Windows down and volume up is my favorite way to travel -- but I can't write with music in the background. Then, it has to be quiet. It's funny how we all differ.

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    1. Shirley Horn began to be noticed when Miles Davis was impressed with her style. She probably wasn't thrust into the forefront as some other well known jazz artists were. I didn't discover her until later either. Her intimate soft slow delivery as she accompanies herself on the piano has a special appeal for some, including me. Grappelli and Reinhardt are favorites of mine, too. Interesting when we.take time to examine the different genres we like as I, too, enjoy select tunes and artists in most of the additional areas you mention.

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  4. LOVE Norah Jones, and she's just cute as a button, as well!

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoy her music.

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  5. Great selections. Shirley Horn is wonderful, and deserves more recognition as a true artist than she has received.

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    1. She did have a unique singing style and was a talented jazz pianist as she accompanied herself.

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  6. I clicked in to tell you that I agree with your comments on WWW.
    Then share Nora Jones, oh my small world
    One who plays in her band and travels with her
    just purchased home across the road from me.
    Facinating young couple - new life on this country road :)

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    1. Oh, that could be interesting to have a musician from her group as a neighbor. Am always pleased when younger generations are able to have a successful career playing jazz and not be sidetracked having to play more commercial music in order to pay the bills as often happens.

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