It Might as Well Be Spring (actually it is)

From ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’ to ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’ , we have mixed 12 ‘Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Springtime‘. It has Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Joachim Kühn, Arturo Sandoval and many more.

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Arturo Sandoval: Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Wikipedia : “It Might as Well Be Spring” is a song from the 1945 film State Fair. With music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. State Fair was the only original film score by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In the film the song was sung by Jeanne Crain, who played Margy Frake.

Amazon : It was the genius of George Howard portrayed in early cd’s such as this that propelled him to continue his work. While you could say that some of the sound heard here is funky, George Howard’s complex style far exceeds most sax out there today. “A Tear of Spring” is very fine.

Joachim Kühn : The day has come when I have inherited my grandfather’s piano, as well his Breitling watches. I’m sorry that the day has come, naturally. However, since the passing of generations is an inevitability, I’m grateful that these fabulous items that remind me so much of him have been left to me. They just resonate with his amazing spirit

Vagif Mustafazadeh : Vagif Mustafazadeh was a genius Azerbaijan jazz pianist and composer. He is one of the founders of the Azerbaijan jazz music, a founder of the new jazz trend, assembling both a traditional Azerbaijan music and a classic American jazz.

Houston Person @Wikipedia : Contrary to popular belief, he was never married to the vocalist Etta Jones, but did spend many years as her musical partner, recording, performing and touring, and for much of his career this association was what he was best known for. They first met playing in organist Johnny Hammond’s band.

Carlos Lyra : Concepts such as past, nostalgia, “saudade” bring unending reflections. For example, what had the poet wanted to say with “nostalgic of life”-feeling saudade of life? I believe he wasn’t referring to “his whole lifetime”, but to life as a whole. I agree that all that has happened throughout one’s lifetime has served as an apprenticeship, has added something, has been worthwhile. But not everything has been gratifying. In this case, for me, to feel saudade of something or someone is to long exactly for the way they remain in my memory. And in this sense, once again, the word saudade represents an enriching contribution of our language. Because, in my understanding, saudade can even be sad, but never melancholic like its English counterpart, nostalgia.

John Pizzarelli : John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “Hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. When he performs with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, they were labeled “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on Martinis” by The New Yorker. According to The New York Times, “the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium.”

PLAYLIST : George Shearing & Mel Tormé – It Might As Well Be Spring (5.05) . Chet Baker – Spring Is Here (1.05) . Carlos Lyra & Dulce Nunes – Primavera (4.21) . Michael Franks – Why Spring Ain’t Here (5.19) . Tony Bennett with Bill Evans – You Must Believe In Spring (5.14) . Joachim Kühn – Spring Fever (3.28) . John Pizzarelli – Better Run Before It’s Spring (4.22) . Oscar Peterson – Younger than springtime (5.36) . Dave Brubeck – Spring In Central Park (2.24) . Arturo Sandoval – Up Jumped Spring (4.05) . Astor Piazzolla – Primavera Portena (5.09) . Houston Person – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (3.47) .


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