Sunday Morning Jazz

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a good music mash-up, so here goes …

Something Old – Nina Simone “My Baby Just Cares For Me”

This adorable Claymation video has been around for quite a while, but if you haven’t seen it you’re in for a real treat.

Something New – Roy Hargrove Big Band and Roberta Gambarini “La Puerta”

This is a concert video of the Roy Hargrove Big Band, featuring the sensational new singer Roberta Gambarini. Gambarini’s latest album, So In Love, received a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album; Roy Hargrove also received a Best Improvised Jazz Solo nomination this year for his work with the Big Band.

Something Borrowed – Natasha Bedingfield “This Love”

Yes, yes, I know … this is technically a pop singer doing a pop song, but the “unplugged” setting and the superb playing of this unidentified guitarist give this performance a decidedly jazzy feel.

Something Blue – Wes Montgomery “West Coast Blues”

Speaking of phenomenal jazz guitarists here is one of the best, the late Wes Montgomery. His all-star band was taped in rehearsal by West German television in 1965. You’ll note that Montgomery developed (on his own) a stunningly original playing technique: he plays complex melody lines, octave note parings, and chords using only single strokes of his thumb.

Whatever style of music you prefer, take some time today to indulge yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

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