Jazz BBQ: Songs For A Summer Grill

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Rib festivals are in full swing. The smell of charcoal-fired delicacies wafts through backyards, beaches, and parks. As long as the weather's warm, why cook indoors? After you slap some barbecue sauce on your menu items of choice — be they meat-based or sculpted out of tofu — it's time to toss everything on the grill, let the fire do its work, and get down with these grill-friendly jazz tunes.

For more entries in this summer's weekly It's Time to Party: Summer Songs series, click here.

Jazz BBQ: Songs For A Summer Grill

Watson

Bobby Watson

  • Artist: Bobby Watson
  • Album: From the Heart
  • Song: Wilkes BBQ

As a kid, saxophone ace Bobby Watson used to hang out at Wilkes BBQ, his grandparents' barbecue place in Marion, Kan. He must have had a great time there, because his love shines through in the appropriately titled "Wilkes BBQ," which doubles as the lead track from Watson's newest album, From the Heart.

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Wilkes BBQ
Album
From the Heart
Artist
Bobby Watson
Label
Palmetto
Released
2008

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McDuff

Jack McDuff

  • Artist: Jack McDuff
  • Album: Prestige Years
  • Song: Hot Barbeque

Shouts of "Hot Barbeque!" are interspersed through Jack McDuff's good-time jam of the same name. McDuff's organ and George Benson's guitar are enough to keep listeners dancing over to the grill to grab some of their own. Don't get burned.

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Song
Hot Barbeque
Album
Prestige Years
Artist
Jack McDuff
Label
Prestige
Released
2004

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Cover for Midnight Blue

Kenny Burrell

  • Artist: Kenny Burrell
  • Album: Midnight Blue
  • Song: Chitlins con Carne

Vegetarians can ignore the title of "Chitlins con Carne" and just enjoy the music. A bit of Ray Barretto's conga leads the way into jazz-guitar legend Kenny Burrell's classic blues tune.

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Song
Chitlins con Carne
Album
Midnight Blue
Artist
Kenny Burrell
Label
Blue Note
Released
2007

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Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith

  • Artist: Jimmy Smith
  • Album: Very Best
  • Song: Back at the Chicken Shack

The well-known organ jam in "Back at the Chicken Shack" is originally found on the album of the same name, but The Very Best -- a compilation of some of Jimmy Smith's best Blue Note Records work -- functions as a good place to find more good grooves.

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Song
Back at the Chicken Shack
Album
Very Best
Artist
Jimmy Smith
Label
Blue Note
Released
2005

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Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington

  • Artist: Dinah Washington
  • Album: Definitive Dinah Washington
  • Song: Me and My Gin

Every good barbecue should wind down with a cold beverage and a bluesy song for singing along. When you're heading for the liquor cabinet, though, don't even think about messing with Dinah Washington's gin. Listen to "Me & My Gin" and you'll know why.

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Song
Me and My Gin
Album
Definitive Dinah Washington
Artist
Dinah Washington
Label
Universal Japan
Released
2002

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