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Swing into Spring with Blossom Dearie and More

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Springtime brings warming temperatures, a spirit of renewal, and a bunch of jazz tunes with the season in mind. Listen to these songs as you gaze out your window at the last bit of snow, walk around a park, or leaf through a gardening catalog.

Swing into Spring with Blossom Dearie and More

Clifford Brown & Max Roach

Joy Spring

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Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet

  • Song: Joy Spring
  • from Verve Jazz Masters 44

If spring has not yet sprung in your geographical area, point your speakers to the skies and play "Joy Spring" by Clifford Brown and Max Roach. The weather should respond favorably. Joy is contagious.

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Verve Jazz Masters 44
Album
Verve Jazz Masters 44
Artist
Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet
Label
Polygram
Released
1954

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They Say It's Spring

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Blossom Dearie

  • Song: They Say It's Spring
  • from Diva Series

A springtime music set would not be complete without including a singer whose first name also happens to be a true sign of spring's arrival. Blossom Dearie's light, airy voice accompanies her equally light touch on the piano.

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Diva Series
Album
Diva Series
Artist
Blossom Dearie
Label
The Verve Music Group
Released
2003

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Springsville

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Miles Davis

  • Song: Springsville
  • from Miles Ahead

When you hear the first notes of Miles Davis' bright flugelhorn, you will be immediately launched into a happy springtime swing. Springsville was the first collaboration between Davis and Gil Evans.

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Miles Ahead
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Miles Ahead
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Miles Davis
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Sony

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Moody

It Might as Well Be Spring

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James Moody

  • Song: It Might as Well Be Spring
  • from Moody's Mood for Blues

James Moody's "It Might as Well Be Spring" is for those who have spring fever, but still haven't seen any signs of the season. Your spirit will be soothed until the first crocus pops up.

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Moody's Mood for Blues
Album
Moody's Mood for Blues
Artist
James Moody
Label
Prestige/OJC
Released
1955

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Abbey Lincoln

Up Jumped Spring

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Abbey Lincoln & Stan Getz

  • Song: Up Jumped Spring
  • from You Gotta Pay the Band

Is it spring or is it love that has put Abbey Lincoln in such a good mood? Maybe both. "Up Jumped Spring" will put you in a fine mood, too.

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You Gotta Pay the Band
Album
You Gotta Pay the Band
Artist
Abbey Lincoln & Stan Getz
Label
Polygram
Released
1991

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