Jazzin’Around Saxophone Colossus

From ‘St.Thomas’ to ‘St.Thomas’ , we have mixed 18 ‘linked together by a clue‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Sonny Rollins‘. It has Scott Walker, Wayne Shorter, Claude Nougaro, Sonny Rollins and many more.

IMAGE : Shadow of the colossus Photo by Jon-Eric Melsæter

Q : What is this “jazzin’around” thing?: A :Well! that was a game for the summertime. But it met such good reactions that we decided to keep on playing for a while. A game to be played alone, between friends or in the family.

Q : A game! Well, it must have rules then ? : A :The game “jazzin’around” borrows from the game of golf : the number of shots (18) and the scoring method (the better you are, the less points you get. Now, if you do not play golf, do not worry, neither do we).
To start a round of “jazzin’around”, you pick a famous track from a famous album. Starting with this song, you compose a playlist of 18 songs. For help, you use whatever internet resource you put your hands on : Google, Wikipedia, Youtube, etc.. or call your local Jazz Expert.

Q : So far, it sounds pretty easy. What else? : A :Easy, yes but no! You need a “link” from one song to the next (a “link” being a common word, the same song or the same performer,…). A “link” can only be used once in a list. (And if possible try to use a little “humour” in your linking). The “nature” of your “link” gives you points : 0 : same title but different song (our hole in one) – 1 : first word = last word of previous song OR same writer and/or composer OR previous artist is the composer – 2 : two words in common (between names of artist+name of song – common words can be extension of one word : ex : “tenderness” or “tenderly” goes with “tender”) – 3 : one word in common (between names of artist+name of song, …) – 4 : same artist – different song (artist can be member of group, duo, trio, etc) OR same song – different artist. Then, on top of each “note”, you receive a bonus (points to deduct) – 5 : last song and first song have same title OR same artist at the end and the beginning.

Q : Gorgeous! Can anyone play this game? : A :Sure and we encourage it : “jazzin’around” is a lot of fun and makes you discover great music or artists you can buy afterwards. Everyone can play alone or with friends, family, office co-workers,… You can compete with two playlists or build one playlist alternatively.

Q : If I am really good at it, can I send you the results? : A :If you are really proud of one (or more) of your playlists, if you achieve a minimum of points, you send us the said lists. If approved, they will be published with your name attached … but,no! you do not win a toaster. Don t even ask!

PLAYLIST : Jim Hall & Bob Broomeyer – St.Thomas (7.18) . Brian Fahey and his Orchestra – The Saint (2.11) . The Bob Leaper Orchestra – High Wire (Theme From Danger Man) (1.48) . Frank Sinatra & Pearl Bailey – A litlle Learnin’ Is A Dangerous Thing (3.07) . Scott Walker – Little Things (That Keep Us Together) (3.39) . Finnish Big Band – Something Keeps Us Busy (2.48) . Laurindo Almeida – Busy Bee (1.19) . Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate – Queen Bee (5.04) . Big Joe Williams – Creole Queen (2.00) . Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers – Creole Gal Blues (2.33) . Dinah Washington – Evil Gal Blues (2.55) . Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (8.23) . Claude Nougaro – Comme une piaf (3.47) . Claude Nougaro – A tes seins (4.13) . Sonny Rollins – Moritat (10.05) . Stan Getz – Don’t Be Afraid (3.07) . The Three Sounds – Don’t Blame Me (5.12) . The Three Sounds – St.Thomas (4.18) .


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