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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.

Links

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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