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Songs For A Hot Summer Night

Hear Five Songs Below

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August is a month for moving at a relaxed pace, so it's a perfect time to seek out a tall cool one and some music to go with it. Below are five tunes to help you find the happily you're ever after.

Songs For A Hot Summer Night

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Return to Paradise

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Shirley Horn

  • Song: Return to Paradise
  • from Here's to Life

When Shirley Horn phrases a thought, we all get to come along. Johnny Mandel's arranging ensures a quiet ride.

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Here's to Life
Album
Here's to Life
Artist
Shirley Horn
Label
Verve
Released
1991

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Summertime (Miles Davis)

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Miles Davis/Gil Evans

  • Song: Summertime (Miles Davis)
  • from Porgy and Bess

There are many treatments of this Gershwin classic, but none makes you reach for the ceiling fan quicker than this Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaboration.

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Porgy and Bess
Album
Porgy and Bess
Artist
Miles Davis/Gil Evans
Label
Sony

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Slow Hot Wind

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Joe Locke Quartet

  • Song: Slow Hot Wind
  • from Moment to Moment

The book of Henry Mancini has gems for each season. Joe Locke gives us a quartet breeze to please, exchanging ideas with pianist Billy Childs, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Gene Jackson. It's not slow, but it sure is hot.

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Song
Moment to Moment
Album
Moment to Moment
Artist
Joe Locke Quartet
Label
Milestone
Released
1994

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One Night With Blue Note

Cantaloupe Island

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Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Tony Williams

  • Song: Cantaloupe Island
  • from One Night With Blue Note [DVD & CD]

After a period of inactivity, the Blue Note label returned to the front line with an all-star concert on Feb. 22, 1985. After the concert's opening selection, heard here, it became clear that the world would welcome this new energy from one of the premier labels in the world of jazz. The entire concert, with many more fabulous musicians, is out on DVD.

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One Night With Blue Note [DVD & CD]
Album
One Night With Blue Note [DVD & CD]
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Blue Note
Released
2004

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Lush Life

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Joe Henderson

  • Song: Lush Life
  • from Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn

The scene was Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. It's the end of the session, with the music of Billy Strayhorn: duets, trios, quartets and quintets. For the finale, all the lights in the studio were turned off. You couldn't see Joe Henderson through the glass, but you could hear him — more than four minutes of pure magic with a man and his horn. It's the perfect companion to any hot August night.

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Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
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Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
Artist
Joe Henderson
Label
Verve

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