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The most poignant jazz tracks

Simon Murray
 
Living Legend
Living Legend
"LOST LIFE.  A brilliantly played, emotional track, recorded just after Pepper was released from prison.  Pepper had it all in jazz terms/fame early in his life  - but lost so much to drugs and prison."
Pure Getz
Pure Getz
"BLOODCOUNT.  Billy Strayhorn's last composition for Duke Ellington - he had terminal cancer with a few weeks to live.  Getz's interpretation is outstanding - tender and angry - it says it all."
Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Charlie Parker
Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Charlie Parker
"LOVER MAN.  Recorded just before Parker's complete breakdown in California.  The first few notes and last few notes of his solo are spine chilling in the extreme."
Our Man In Paris
Our Man In Paris
"STAIRWAY TO THE STARS.  There's something very poignant about this track.  It has the great Bud Powell in Paris "way past his prime" (umm), a long way from home, but playing his heart out"
A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
"ONCE IN A WHILE.  Clifford Brown's solo spot on this Art Blakey-led concert.  Every time you listen to Brown's beautiful playing of this tune - what a loss."
Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Billie Holiday
Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Billie Holiday
"STRANGE FRUIT.  Not a lot more one can say about the depth of lyrics/poetry of the words, or the music, or Holiday's credentials to sing this song."
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
"ALICE IN WONDERLAND.  The whole of this marvellous live set is very moving, since it was recorded just 10 days before Scott LaFaro was killed in a car crash.  This track is my personal favourite"
People Time
People Time
"FIRST SONG (FOR RUTH).  I'm generally not a fan of last-ever recordings of musicians who know they are about to die.  But this one, with Getz only a few months to live, is really magical"
Glad To Be Unhappy (Extra Tracks)
Glad To Be Unhappy (Extra Tracks)
"TASTE OF HONEY.  Great CD title, and just one of the sweetest jazz solos ever recorded."
Introducing Ruben Gonzalez
Introducing Ruben Gonzalez
"COMO SIENTO YO.  Imagine having so much talent, for so long, only to be "discovered" very late in life.  A missed opportunity?  No...much better late than never"
Just One Of Those Things
Just One Of Those Things
"JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS.  Grappelli was always second string to Reinhardt...but on his own, as a star played fantastically well even in ripe old age."