Jazz For Summer's End

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As August ends, so do the carefree days of summer. School begins, recent vacations are a fond memory and the temperature begins its slow and steady descent. Don't be sad, though: As Labor Day Weekend approaches, these songs are there to bring summer to a close on a positive note.

Jazz For Summer's End

Cover for House on Hill

Brad Mehldau Trio

  • Album: House on Hill
  • Song: August Ending

Nothing says "August is ending" quite like the song "August Ending" — go figure. Gifted jazz pianist Brad Mehldau knows better than most how to evoke the change of seasons without falling back on mere words.

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  • "August Ending"
  • Album: House on Hill
  • Artist: Brad Mehldau Trio
  • Label: Nonesuch
 
Art of the Ballad

Chet Baker

  • Album: Art of the Ballad
  • Song: Indian Summer

Summer weather doesn't disappear with the arrival of Labor Day: Even cold fall temperatures usually give way to a warm spell before winter. A suitably happy trumpet tune, Chet Baker's "Indian Summer" ought to extend your hot-weather vibe until the next one comes along.

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  • "Indian Summer"
  • Album: Art of the Ballad
  • Artist: Chet Baker
  • Label: Ace
  • Released: 1958
 
Cover for Latin Spirits

Poncho Sanchez

  • Album: Latin Spirits
  • Song: The Things We Did Last Summer

Poncho Sanchez's take on this jazz standard features the warm flugelhorn of longtime collaborator Sal Cracchiolo. Put it on when you're looking at your summer-vacation pictures, and you're bound to feel the heat regardless of the temperature.

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  • "The Things We Did Last Summer"
  • Album: Latin Spirits
  • Artist: Poncho Sanchez
  • Label: Concord Jazz
 
Cover for Haunted Heart

Charlie Haden Quartet West

  • Album: Haunted Heart
  • Song: The Long Goodbye

Charlie Haden conceived the album Haunted Heart as if he were writing a film. It may or may not have been his intent, but "The Long Goodbye," composed by pianist Alan Broadbent, provides a perfect soundtrack for slowly saying goodbye to summer.

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  • "The Long Goodbye"
  • Album: Haunted Heart
  • Artist: Charlie Haden Quartet West
  • Label: Verve
 
Cover for This Is New

Dee Dee Bridgewater

  • Album: This Is New
  • Song: September Song

JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater pays homage to the songs of Kurt Weill in fine fashion on This Is New. "September Song" was written for the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday; Bridgewater's excellent update will swing you right into the month referenced in the title.

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  • "September Song"
  • Album: This Is New
  • Artist: Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Label: Verve
  • Released: 2002
 

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