Compilation Pick: The title says it all

In 1999, Concord Records came out with this really cool and relaxing compilation album:

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Several well-known standards in the world of Brazilian jazz are featured here, including:

  • Trio Da Paz on Track 2, “This Is For Luisa”
  • Susannah McCorkle on Track 3 with, “Manha De Carnval” (translated to simply, “Sunrise”)
  • Jeff Linsky on Track 9 with “Wave”

There is also a very nice version on Track 4 done by the longtime former host of National Public Radio’s esteemed weekly Piano Jazz program.

Here is the late, great Marian McPartland performing an early 1950’s version of  “Meditation”:

What a nice song to wrap up the month of February with.

Next week, with it being my mother’s birthday (her name shall always be kept secret to protect her privacy), I will be profiling a longtime smooth jazz artist once famous for singing a mega-popular theme song for an ABC drama series that basically rewrote most of the rules for scripted series during the mid 1980’s.  Yes, he is the same guy who did some popular love songs such as “After All” and one of my first songs that I gravitated to in jazz when I was a senior in college for its’ snazzy rhythms and methodical pace with, “We’re In This Love Together.”

His name is Al Jarreau, and he recently did a very nice album in tribute to his good friend George Duke.  Several other musicians also lend a track to this groovy album.  Please continue to stay warm, everybody.

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