|My sketch of Dexter Gordon|
Lively Jazz Songs
1. Fried Bananas
Jazz at Lincoln Center has free streaming of concerts on Livestream. They broadcast many of their concerts, so most weeks you can watch two or more concerts - all from the comfort of your home! Last night I watched, "The Music of Dexter Gordon", and the band played "Fried Bananas". Dexter's full tone combined with the swinging rhythms can liven any day!
The soulfulness and energy in this song can feel like a party or even a trip to church! Cannonball and his brother Nat build the dynamics from soft and soothing to booming and electrifying.
Thad Jones and Mel Lewis made an extraordinary big band team. This song has a tight horn section, and a roaring rhythm section. I love the mix of solos and full band sections.
Weather Report was a major "jazz fusion" band, that combined jazz with rock, funk, electric music. "Birdland" have a heavy groove, and repeating melodic figures that get your toes tapping!
Ornette Coleman is a major innovator in free jazz music. "Dancing in Your Head" has Coleman's signature sound, blended with an extreme jubilance conveyed through a repeated melody. This live version really shows the intensity in Coleman's demeanor.
No matter how tired the week can get, listening to some lively music brings joy and renewed energy to everyone.
Please visit my jazz poetry blog, "Without a Poem", where I improvise a new poem every day. I also have a drawing and song of the day, so stay tuned! This week inspired my haiku, "Food".
What songs bring liveliness to your week?