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Detail from the cover art to Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.
February 28, 2013 Many jazz standards are themselves about making lists. Here are five of them, including Louis Armstrong's take on "Let's Do It," Johnny Hartman's version of "These Foolish Things" and a classic reading of Jobim's "Waters of March."
November 10, 2008 Even though there's a stunning array of color in autumn, there's something inherently melancholy about watching the leaves drop. Let these five confessionals prepare you for a season of the high lonesome — a time before a chilly mood meets the rake's progress.
February 14, 2008 Boleros are a form of love song that originated in Cuba in the 19th century, and the lyrics reflect themes of bittersweet, unrequited, betrayed, or eternal love. Not all of these songs are strictly boleros, but they all maintain the tradition — and, more importantly, the feeling.
February 13, 2008 Hear a mix of music to fall in love with, from the Magnetic Fields and Arcade Fire to the Temptations and Sam Cooke.
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February 12, 2008 It's a fair bet that three-quarters of all songs have something to do with love, with maybe half of those coming out in its favor. Here are five lovesick tunes crafted by jazz legends, Broadway hitmakers, and new talents.
July 10, 2007 He had one of the most gorgeous voices ever to sing a love song. But during his lifetime, Johnny Hartman was known only to hardcore jazz lovers. It was after his death when he finally made it to the top of the jazz charts.
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August 1, 2001 Although he was a solo artist for only seven years, John Coltrane became one of the most renowned saxophonists in history. In 1963, Coltrane teamed with Johnny Hartman to record this classic compilation of ballads. It was Hartman's first record in eight years.
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