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Jazz For The Front Porch

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It's the end of a summer day, and the heat's been hammering you since you woke up. Now, at last, the sun has gone down, and it's time to seek a little relief. You go out into the backyard, or onto the porch or fire escape, in the hope of cooling off. You sit back under the night sky, take a sip of an icy beverage and kick off your shoes. All you need now is some music to help you chill out even more. Well, here it is: the sound of the cool at the end of the day.

Jazz For The Front Porch

Getz/Gilberto

Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)

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Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto

  • Song: Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
  • from Getz/Gilberto [Bonus Tracks]

"Corcovado" is a classic summer-evening song by Antonio Carlos Jobim. With Astrud Gilberto practically whispering the words in the listener's ear, accompanied by the saxophone of Stan Getz and the guitar of Joao Gilberto, it's guaranteed to start the cooling process immediately.

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Getz/Gilberto [Bonus Tracks]
Album
Getz/Gilberto [Bonus Tracks]
Artist
Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto
Label
Impulse!
Released
2008

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Summer Night

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Miles Davis

  • Song: Summer Night
  • from Quiet Nights

If you're looking for cool, you're bound to encounter the guy who invented it, or at least personified it: Miles Davis. This performance of "Summer Night" is a beauty, featuring Davis in a quintet setting with George Coleman (sax), Victor Feldman (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Frank Butler (drums).

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Quiet Nights
Album
Quiet Nights
Artist
Miles Davis
Label
Columbia/Legacy

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Prelude II

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Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone

  • Song: Prelude II
  • from Virtuosi

In the mid-1920s, George Gershwin wrote three preludes for piano. "Prelude II" feels like it could have been written on a Manhattan fire escape during a hot, humid summer night. Gershwin's short piano piece has been expanded here by vibraphonist Gary Burton and pianist Makoto Ozone, but they remain true to the feel of the original, while adding liberal doses of their own coolness to take the edge off the heat.

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Virtuosi
Album
Virtuosi
Artist
Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone
Label
Concord Jazz

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Summer Knows

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Phil Woods

  • Song: Summer Knows
  • from Musique Du Bois

When it comes to playing jazz ballads on the alto saxophone, nobody stands above Phil Woods. Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand wrote this haunting song for the film The Summer of '42, and Woods explores all of its melodic possibilities. Of course, it helps that he's working with one of the most compelling and versatile pianists in jazz: the late, great Jaki Byard.

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Musique Du Bois
Album
Musique Du Bois
Artist
Phil Woods
Label
Pony Canyon Inc.
Released
1974

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Riviera Paradise

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

  • Song: Riviera Paradise
  • from In Step

Stevie Ray Vaughan in a list of jazz songs? You bet. Those who only know Vaughan as a Texas blues guitarist should find "Riviera Paradise" to be a very pleasant surprise. If you're looking for a cool breeze at the end of a hot day, this song will take you where you want to go and keep you there for a while.

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In Step
Album
In Step
Artist
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Label
Epic/Legacy
Released
1989

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