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Guybrush 05-26-2021 04:34 AM

Our favorite jazz standards
Shake your jazz hands, lumpy.

I thought it would be nice to share our favorite jazz standards with each other. I'm sure there are lots you like. There's a lot I like.

If you're unsure what songs are considered standards, you can check out this list:

Something fun about jazz standards is that they've often been recorded numerous times. Hence, I think a good format could be one standard per post and then perhaps a showcase of various recordings you like if more than one exists. However, it's just a suggestion so also feel free to post however you like.

To start, I present Time on My Hands. The song is from 1930 from a musical Smiles that I think is mostly forgotten. Many recorded versions of this song exist by people like Keith Jarrett, Glenn Miller and Django Reinhardt.

Here are some of my favorite recordings:

I'm a big fan of Billie Holiday so I'll say already that I'm sorry for posting her so much. She sings a lot of standards and those versions are typically great :)

Hot Club de Norvege is a relatively obscure band, but the people in it are highly important to the modern expression and continuation of the gypsy jazz genre as they've, in addition to being musicians, have worked with festivals and been on the production and publishing side of things with their Hot Club Records label which has put out artists like Jimmy Rosenberg.

As such, this is a more Djangoish version and quite laidback for the genre.

Even more laidback, here's Chet Baker and Bill Evans. I heard this from an album Alone Together which was released some years ago and this was one of the standout tracks for me. The atual recordings are from 1959, I believe.

So now you've seen mine. Let me see yours!

The Batlord 05-26-2021 04:36 AM

Is a guy brush a penis?

Guybrush 05-26-2021 04:42 AM


Originally Posted by The Batlord (Post 2174428)
Is a guy brush a penis?

Actually, it is a guy drawn with a computerized paintbrush. A version of him has been my avatar for years and years.

Now get out of here, you beast.

The Batlord 05-26-2021 05:20 AM

Wouldn't that be brushguy?

Guybrush 05-26-2021 05:23 AM


Originally Posted by The Batlord (Post 2174436)
Wouldn't that be brushguy?

No. Guybrush Threepwood to be exact. He's also he protagonist of the Monkey Island games franchise.

So what about those jazz standards?

The Batlord 05-26-2021 05:29 AM

So the fact that he's drawn with a computerized brush is actually incidental.

Guybrush 05-26-2021 05:41 AM


Originally Posted by The Batlord (Post 2174439)
So the fact that he's drawn with a computerized brush is actually incidental.

Yes, much like your posts.

So what's a jazz standard you like?

The Batlord 05-26-2021 05:51 AM

I don't have anything to say about jazz standards.

Guybrush 05-26-2021 06:23 AM


Originally Posted by The Batlord (Post 2174441)
I don't have anything to say about jazz standards.

Alright.. I hope this thread will develop into something that you will find interesting :) and that it won't just be me posting standards in here. I guess we'll see.

I'll go on and post I Loves You, Porgy. It's a Gershwin tune from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. In this song, Bess professes her love for Porgy and begs him to save her from her abusive lover, Crown.

I've heard a few different versions including the earliest recording, I believe, but none quite come close to Nina Simone's version (not even Lady Day's), so that's the only one I'm posting. She manages this perfect blend of blend of despair and hope and beautiful music that just makes it such a classic.

Frownland 05-26-2021 06:32 AM

stfu batlord

Epistrophy's where it's at

I'm Confessin' is one of my favourite melodies period.

And Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise sparked these two gems

Spoiler for Dolphy/Hancock & Globe Unity Orchestra:

Guybrush 05-26-2021 06:51 AM

Haha, great stuff Frownland :)

I can't remember hearing these before, but I quite like them. Drunken.. was fun.

Frownland 05-26-2021 07:06 AM

Thelonious wrote Epistrophy, you might have heard that one through him

Summertime's an obvious one that I'll go ahead and get out of the way. I'm partial to Ayler's passionate take on it.

Lonely Woman is an unlikely standard imo because the original performance is such a high watermark for the tune but here we are. Otomo Yoshihide made an EP of solo, duo, trio, and so on performances of the standard that worked out pretty excellently.

Spoiler for Ornette Coleman & Otomo Yoshihide Quintet:

Guybrush 05-26-2021 07:22 AM

Yes, I've heard Monk's Epistrophy, probably a few versions. I have listened to that album by Ornette Coleman too.. It's actually the only one of his that I've checked out as it's regarded such as classic. Yoshihide's version's not for me, in part because there are sounds in there that remind me of my tinnitus :laughing:

Summertime is such a popular standard. I like it, but it's not actually high on my list. I do think it's interesting how the song's musically quite sad while the lyrics seem positive. My current favorite is Billie Holiday's version, but again.. I like other songs more.

I actually wanted to watch Porgy and Bess one day, but I've yet to hunt down a version of it. This is a good reminder.

rostasi 05-26-2021 08:08 AM

Guybrush 05-27-2021 05:27 AM

^That's the biggest saxophone I've seen. Sounds like a boat horn.

I'll do one for Aquarela do brasil, also known simply as Brazil. It's a song thats been dear to me for a long time, longer than I've been here. The reason is I've been a huge Monty Python fan since childhood and am, of course, also a fan of MP's animator and since then director Terry Gilliam.

In the 80s, Terry Gilliam did his own spin on Orwell's 1984 and made a dystopian sci-fi movie about a stifling future society in which bureaucracy has gone a little mad. The movie's protagonist is Sam Lowry, an unfortunate man oppressed by his work, his mother, even his friends. The only place he is free is in his dreams in which he can fly, fight monsters and try to save the woman he loves. Along with imagery, Gilliam also used the jazz standard Brazil to symbolize Sam's hopes and dreams and freedom that he yearns for, but never seem able to achieve.

The movie has a score by Michael Kamen and while Brazil makes various appearances, the most notable version of it features none other than Kate Bush (!) on vocals. So this is my first meeting with Brazil:

Of course, I later learned that the song was penned by brazilian composer Ary Barroso in 1939. According to legend, it was a wet day and Ary Barroso was watching the rain on his window pane and how the raindrops turned the world into a watercolor painting, hence the title Aquarela do Brasil, Aquarela being watercolor.

The song was popularized in the US through the Disney movie Saludos Amigos from 1942. This was during the second world war and some countries in latin America had close ties with the nazi regime. To counteract this, the US government commissioned a friendship tour from Disney as their characters were popular in latin America. Saludos Amigos is some of the lasting results of this and, as such, was made to strengthen ties between South America and the US.

The movie has a clip which features animation set to Barroso's Aquarela do Brasil, here sung by Aloysio Oliveira. It's a nice version with Tico Tico following it.

Various other versions exist by artists such as Carlos Antonio Jobim and Joao Gilberto. A rather popular, more lavish and kinda cheesy big band version by Ray Conniff can be seen below.

rostasi 05-27-2021 09:38 AM

jazz standard?

Guybrush 05-27-2021 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by rostasi (Post 2174557)
jazz standard?

Sure. Anyone you like?

rostasi 05-27-2021 12:37 PM

I’m referring to your watercolors of “Brazil” selection.
I thought the thread was about jazz standards.

Guybrush 05-27-2021 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by rostasi (Post 2174564)
I’m referring to your watercolors of “Brazil” selection.
I thought the thread was about jazz standards.

Check the list under A (Aquarela do Brasil):

rostasi 05-27-2021 12:43 PM

I’m still skeptical, but OK, carry on...

Guybrush 05-27-2021 12:46 PM


Originally Posted by rostasi (Post 2174568)
I’m still skeptical, but OK, carry on...

I predicted that there might be some contention about what constitutes a standard, f.ex. possible criteria to how it's been published or not.

I think for the purposes of a thread on a forum, a lenient definition that enables music discussion rather than stifte it, is preferable.

Hence, I think the Wikipedia list of standards is just fine for this sort of thing.

Guybrush 02-23-2022 05:55 AM

Just reviving this thread with a quick posting of Girl from Ipanema. The Frank Sinatra recording feat. Carlos Antonio Jobim is of course hugely popular.

No surprise really <3

Melon 05-07-2022 12:34 PM

Got that Jobim & Sinatra album, great choice. Unfortunately can't post links before reaching 15.

Melon 05-07-2022 01:48 PM

Água de Beber is also in that list you provided. There's a great version singed by Astrud Gilberto.

BrooklynEars 05-19-2022 07:05 AM

Sonny Crib Mono

mycatisthebest 06-23-2022 07:59 PM

McCoy Tyner - Passion Dance

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