unknown jazz songs

Amy Winehouse – Best Friends

This song is about a relationship between two best friends. Stephanie and Paulette are references to characters in Grease 2. From what I have read, everyone fights over Stephanie whereas Paulette tries hard and craves approval from the other characters. I guess that says something about the friendship described in this song…

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on January 26th, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Brian Bromberg – Caravan

I don’t know how many of my readers are either musicians or really appreciate great musicianship. If you fall into either of those categories you definitely want to check out this version of Caravan as well as anything else from Brian Bromberg. The bass playing is simply amazing. Enjoy!

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on December 18th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Brother Jack McDuff – The Shadow Of Your Smile

Brother Jack McDuff (September 17, 1926-January 23, 2001) was a great jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s. “The Shadow Of Your Smile”, also known as “Love Theme from The Sandpiper”, is a popular song written by Johnny Mandel, the lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It was introduced in the 1965 movie The Sandpiper and later became a minor hit for Tony Bennett.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on October 20th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Chick Corea – Armando’s Rhumba

Here’s a cool tune with Chick Corea on Piano and Jean-Luc Ponty on Violin. I think Stanley Clarke is on bass for this one.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on October 19th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Ron Carter – Saguaro

Ron Carter is an incredible Jazz bassist. I have been wanting to own his album Piccolo for a long time but these days I mainly purchase records so the selection is somewhat limited and the purchases are relatively sporadic. I finally grabbed Piccolo from the Amazon mp3 store last week and just as I remembered, the album is amazing. “Saguaro” is my favorite tune off the album. Set aside 18 minutes of your time, lie in bed with the lights off, and enjoy the one of the best Jazz recordings available.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on September 2nd, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – A La Mode

Art Blakey was one of the best Jazz drummers and band leaders of all time. He is known as one of the inventors of modern Bebop style drumming. Blakey started off playing piano and was playing professionally by his teens. Shortly after he dedicated himself to drums and was playing with Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, and other greats by the mid 1940’s.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on August 12th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Chuck Brown – Block Party

Chuck Brown is the Godfather Go-Go music which is a subgenre of funk music created in the 1970’s around the Washington D.C. area. He still gigs around the D.C. area and puts on great shows if you ever go around there. If you like “Block Party” you should also check out his cover of Love Theme From “The Godfather”.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on August 5th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Grant Green – Cantaloupe Woman

( @ThailandQA ) Here is an awesome song off of Grant Green’s album Blue Breakbeats. It’s really upbeat and funky jazz.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on July 31st, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –