Episode 31—Some Jazz You Should Hear

By Thomas V. Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 13, 2019 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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You may or may not know that I have a background in jazz piano (I wrote and performed the intro and outro music for this show, for example). In this episode I introduce you to about ten of my very favorite jazz albums. This is an experimental solo episode, but don’t worry, we’ll be back to interviews next week.


The main list:

Charlie Parker, “Parker’s Mood” (1948) (listen to this original version, not the overdubbed version from Clint Eastwood’s depressing film Bird!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wa7El-k3jQ

Best of the Savoy and Dial Master Takes (I mentioned the complete set in the episode but this is more approachable): https://www.amazon.com/Best-Complete-Savoy-Studio-Recordings/dp/B000067FUO/

“Koko”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okrNwE6GI70

Erroll Garner, The Complete Concert by the Sea (1958): https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Concert-Sea-Erroll-Garner/dp/B00ZJ5QXDO/

“I’ll Remember April”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_aILGaLqyc

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto (1964): https://www.amazon.com/Getz-Gilberto-Stan/dp/B0000047CX/

“Desafinado”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So718wk426c

Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin’ at the Half Note (1965): https://www.amazon.com/Smokin-At-Half-Note-Remastered/dp/B0006VXF4G/

“Unit 7”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D12_468jvNk

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959): https://www.amazon.com/Kind-Blue-Miles-Davis/dp/B000002ADT/

“Blue in Green”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veDgWww1hIQ

Bill Evans’s liner notes: https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/bill-evans-kind-blue-liner-notes/

Bill Evans, Alone (1968): https://www.amazon.com/Alone-VME-Bill-Evans/dp/B00006C79A/

“Here’s That Rainy Day”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMa2VaV3Voo

Miles Davis, Nefertiti (1968): https://www.amazon.com/Nefertiti-Miles-Davis/dp/B003O5MODY/

“Nefertiti”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHBIfBex7Ig

Herbie Hancock, Speak Like a Child (1968): https://www.amazon.com/Speak-Like-Child-Herbie-Hancock/dp/B0007LLQ3W/

“Speak Like a Child”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTNLWi-xAkE

Chick Corea, Friends (1978): https://www.amazon.com/Friends-CHICK-COREA/dp/B01LVWGSGJ

“Waltz for Dave”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNdowVQ9nxE

Other albums mentioned:

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Bird and Diz (1950): https://www.amazon.com/Bird-Diz-Charlie-Parker/dp/B009R50YU0/

“Bloomdido”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MCGweQ8Oso

Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom (1974): https://www.amazon.com/Elis-Antonio-Carlos-Jobim-Regina/dp/B0017YWG2S

“Aguas de Março”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1tOV7y94DY

Miles Davis, Miles Smiles (1967): https://www.amazon.com/Miles-Smiles-Davis/dp/B016QE48TM/

“Footprints”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62p-CXrYmf4

Herbie Hancock et al., Tribute to Miles (1992): https://www.amazon.com/Tribute-Miles-Various-Artists/dp/B000002MG7/

“Elegy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_DJJyJ5Ogg

Chick Corea, Three Quartets (1981): https://www.amazon.com/Three-Quartets-Chick-Corea/dp/B000003OZE/

“Quartet No. 2, Pt. 2: Tribute to John Coltrane”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQx96DsZXxA

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.

Thomas V. Mirus is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

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