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Episode 31—Some Jazz You Should Hear

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( 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!)

Best of the Savoy and Dial Master Takes (I mentioned the complete set in the episode but this is more approachable):


Erroll Garner, The Complete Concert by the Sea (1958):

“I’ll Remember April”:

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto (1964):


Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin’ at the Half Note (1965):

“Unit 7”:

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959):

“Blue in Green”:

Bill Evans’s liner notes:

Bill Evans, Alone (1968):

“Here’s That Rainy Day”:

Miles Davis, Nefertiti (1968):


Herbie Hancock, Speak Like a Child (1968):

“Speak Like a Child”:

Chick Corea, Friends (1978):

“Waltz for Dave”:

Other albums mentioned:

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Bird and Diz (1950):


Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom (1974):

“Aguas de Março”:

Miles Davis, Miles Smiles (1967):


Herbie Hancock et al., Tribute to Miles (1992):


Chick Corea, Three Quartets (1981):

“Quartet No. 2, Pt. 2: Tribute to John Coltrane”:

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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