On a Friday eve, a tribute to ‘those come-what-may places’

Here’s a beautiful version of a hauntingly beautiful song to send us into the weekend. The wistful words and music were written by Billy Strayhorn, who manages an uncanny melding of lyrical and musical phrases. The fact that most of it was written when Strayhorn was just 16 is, well, crazy.

It is performed here by Johnny Hartman, with John Coltrane on saxophone and McCoy Tyner on piano, a combination of talent impossible to match. If I ever drew up a personal Top Ten list of favorite recordings*, this one would be on it. It comes off a 1963 album recorded by Hartman and Coltrane that some experts call the greatest album ever made. The fact that it was recorded in a single day, with most songs laid down in a single take, still astounds, particularly in an era when musicians are often treated as a producer’s plaything.

Sink into “Lush Life,” and let it sink into you.

* (I started thinking about it, and my personal nominations to round out the Top Five jazz cuts would be Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” “Real Compared to What” by Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Miles Davis’ “Stella by Starlight” and Billie Holiday’s “Lover Man.”)

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HG3

January 28th, 2011
3:35 pm

Good choice, JB – have a great weekend!

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
3:37 pm

This guy is so talented, it’s plumb sickening. ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQZY87PDsnQ

getalife

January 28th, 2011
3:38 pm

“Heck, all they had to do was ask me or ask Todd himself, ‘Hey Todd, you been hanging out with hookers in Anchorage,’ and he’d tell the truth,” Palin said.

Crazy times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwELajFteTo

Bosch

January 28th, 2011
3:41 pm

What’s wrong with that chick’s legs?

Bosch

January 28th, 2011
3:41 pm

Jesus, after listening to that I’m gonna have to do a few jumping jacks to wake back up….

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
3:45 pm

Matti

January 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

Bosch,

Hahaha… Do you also get the feeling that Mr. Bookman is not a regular consumer of Red Bull, Mountain Dew, or Peet’s Italian Roast?

SOUTHERN ATL

January 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

Bosch

January 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

Matti,

:-)

Indeed. While I obviously enjoy Mr. Bookman’s columns and blogs, our taste in music is on opposite ends of the spectrum. If I listened to jazz on a regular basis, I’d never get out of bed.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

SOuthern ATL

Nice tune, there.

Jazz is different things to different people. When I think jazz, this sort of thing is what immediately comes to mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MntF61BvFc

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

Bosch

Listen to getalife’s linkee. If Disturbed don’t wake you up, electric paddles charged to 300 won’t get you started. :)

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

* (I started thinking about it, and my personal nominations to round out the Top Five jazz cuts would be Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” ….

Another Strayhorn piece.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ellington and Coltrane

In a Sentimental Mood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR13ECD71xU

Joe the Plutocrat

January 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

JB, not a jazz aficianado, but I prefer the instrumentals (McCoy Tyner’s Happy Days, anything from Coltrane’s Ballads, and of course listening to Miles Davis is just plain mind altering). if Bruce Leer were a jazzman, he’d say instrumental jazz is ’singing wit out singing…” unfortunately, the Egypt blog has me dialed into the Clash/Sandinista… roger wilcon, over and out.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

HD

Did you read the comments on your 3:37?

Joe the Plutocrat

January 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

or a spelling AFICIONADO

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

SoCo

Just read a few of the comments. I can feel their pain. :lol:

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:06 pm

HD

I’m having to wipe tears from my eyes from laughing so hard. There’s some good ones, but others are funny as hell.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

SoCo

Seeing somebody like Stanley makes people who play, want to just pack away the guitars and forget about it.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
4:14 pm

Dusty

January 28th, 2011
4:15 pm

Well, Jay, you finally played something smooth and sweet. Reminded me of early Frank Sinatra. Yep, you picked a good one. Amazing..

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:17 pm

HD

I’ve seen that comment made a few times. Here’s my favorite comments:

Trust me, All black people can do this!!! Its as easy as slam dunking a basketball.
thedarion79 2 months ago thedarion79 2 months ago

@Gamatube30 SO if I were black I could do this? I never knew it was that easy.
pudinheadwilson 3 months ago pudinheadwilson 3 months ago

That bassist looks like he’s trying to finger a fish.
JoshRom 2 months ago JoshRom 2 months ago

If this were any more insane… the planet earth would explode.
ZenDeividdo 1 year ago ZenDeividdo 1 year ago

I guess it’s like me watching Buddy Rich or Neil Peart. I stopped buying sticks after a while listening to them.

Pogo

January 28th, 2011
4:18 pm

I agree with you Bosch. A picture of woman with “very close” veins and a soundtrack that sounds like it came from some cheap Holiday Inn lounge singer. A va, va, va, boom!

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
4:20 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

SoCo

Those are some funny comments. When it comes to watching and listening to talented people, it’s a fine line between being inspired and being totally discouraged. :lol:

Here’s 3 guys rehearsing for a show, that unfortunately never took place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f8E2v33r-c&feature=related

AmVet

January 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

Pogo

January 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

Sounds like Stoney Curtis on the Flintstones.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:27 pm

Geez.. HD, where do you find stuff like that. Those guys are in a zone. One alone would be smoking hot, but damn!!!! That vid reminds me of the scene in the movie “Tap” when Gregory Hines is getting schooled by the old guys, Sammy, the Sandman, and others. That one’s going into my favs…

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

SoCo

That show with Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair and Tuts Washington was on PBS, many years ago. Too bad I couldn’t find a clip of the whole show, it was quite interesting to watch them work out the parts and stuff, and there was some good natured ribbing that went on between Fess and Tuts. They were rehearsing for a show but Professor Longhair died before the show took place.

Pogo

January 28th, 2011
4:36 pm

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/28/report-s-marijuana-kingpin-arrested-seniors-community/

Seems like the US Marshalls would have something better to do (like stopping terrorists coming into this country through our porous Southern border) than arrest an old man who smuggled pot into the country 31 years ago, doesn’t it? And they arrested him at a Seniors Home. They must be so proud. They arrest this old man meanwhile the Mexican and Russian mafias run rampant in this country.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

HD

After seeing that, I would love to get my hands on a copy of the whole show. I’m gonna have to research that a bit. I spend a good bit of time on percussion from around the world. I’ve always said that if I hit the lottery, one of my splurges would be to gather percussion groups from all styles from all around the world for one huge show.

Tommy Maddox

January 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

He sounds like Joe Williams.

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

TaxPayer

January 28th, 2011
4:45 pm

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

Seems like the US Marshalls would have something better to do (like stopping terrorists coming into this country through our porous Southern border) than arrest an old man who smuggled pot into the country 31 years ago, doesn’t it?

Would seem that way if you don’t understand jurisdiction and agency functions.

#1 The US Marshal Service was doing one of their job functions by apprehending a fugitive that had absconded from the judicial system.

#2 The function of stopping terrorists coming into this country through our porous Southern Border is a responsibility of US Customs and Border Protection. That task is split between CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents.

#3 If you put US Marshals at the border to apprehend terrorists, you would need a search warrant and/or arrest warrant do do that, as they’re required by the 4th Amendment to have that needed paperwork. It’s pretty damned impossible to get a warrant issued for someone when you have no idea of when, where, or even if they’re going to try to come thru the border.

#4 The task of tracking terrorists generally falls under the FBI’s scope of authority.

#5 The FBI usually works on cases involving Mafias. Judging by the responses when they rounded up over a hundred last week, people here thought they were wasting their time.

So, if you have no idea of an agency’s jurisdiction and scope of authority, it would seem like the US Marshals would have something better to do. However, based on their actions in your link, they did exactly what the taxpayers pay them to do.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/26/report-muslim-cleric-arrested-border-agents/

If you’re worried about terrorists coming thru our porous Southern Border, it’s not as easy as many think it would be.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

And that’s the end of my politics stinking up the music thread today. Thank you all for your time and patience.

:)

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

Pogo@4:36 pm

He seems like a dangerous criminal to me

:-)

AmVet

January 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

One of the prettiest songbirds in the wild…

Happy 43rd Sarah…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od587LPzOJ4

md

January 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

Figured this was appropriate with all the unrest continuing around the globe.

“We didn’t start the fire………………………………………”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a2SS0zqmzk

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
5:05 pm

AmVet

January 28th, 2011
5:09 pm

For the always under-appreciated Redneck Convert.

Who quietly goes about his business of adding some sanity to our insane asylum here.

Let me clue you in
It ain’t like him
To argue or pretend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNQ2FRzPCz8

Dr. Feel

January 28th, 2011
5:13 pm

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 28th, 2011
5:13 pm

SoCo@4:53 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6OoOhKM_yc
——————————

Wasn’t that the theme song for the new movie coming out?

Right Wing Musical

:-)

Ray

January 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

A fine mellow tune, thanx Jay. You should stick to music.

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
5:15 pm

Finn McCool (Yes, Reps won, they now control a whopping 1/2 of 1/3 of the legislative body.) (Golf Clap.)

January 28th, 2011
5:19 pm

Coltrane’s “Afro Blue Impressions” live CD is pretty amazing as well.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
5:19 pm

NoCom

Wrong… Just wrong….. But as usual, your comedic genius shines right through. :)

md

January 28th, 2011
5:26 pm

And this one sums up this blog……………..

Extremes???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FwqaDPyewI&feature=related

carlosgvv

January 28th, 2011
5:31 pm

Good jazz must have good jazz guitar or it is not good jazz.

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 28th, 2011
5:33 pm

I remember the old Plaayboy Club downtown and their live jazz

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 28th, 2011
5:34 pm

Playboy geesh

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
5:34 pm

kaycee

January 28th, 2011
5:39 pm

JB, young man, I salute your discriminating taste. I wonder if you can imagine Andy Bey singing Lush Life? I’ll bet that would be a cognac-like treat.

Scout

January 28th, 2011
5:57 pm

O.K. Enough music :

“USA ‘SECRETLY BACKS UPRISING’ ”

Looks like a possible repeat of the Carter/Iran debacle.

Do we want an Islamic state controlling the Suez Canal?

That’s the stuff you go to “big war” over.

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
6:03 pm

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
6:09 pm

my contribution to the jazz part…not since Django himself…imho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvht15Ifod0&feature=related

Dr. Feel

January 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

In collaboration with Israel, and openly described as an “ally” by Tel Aviv, Egypt has shown itself to be the anvil to Israel’s hammer against the Palestinian people. In keeping the Raffah Crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip closed, thus denying badly needed humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the aftermath of Israel’s murderous 2009 assault, Mubarak has shown unspeakable callousness and willingness to collaborate with the criminal US/Israeli policy of “collective punishment” of this civilian population.

The importance of Mubarak’s Egypt to the US government can be illustrated in another way. Imagine the repercussions for Washington if the Egyptian people were to succeed in overthrowing this military state and establishing genuine democracy, one where the abundant resources of that country are used to lift the mass of the population out of grinding poverty instead of serving to enrich a corrupt elite and its masters in Washington. Imagine a country that refuses to continue to be a US garrison and staging post for criminal wars in the region. Imagine the catalytic effect for democracy across the region and likewise the demise of other US puppet regimes.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
6:17 pm

O.K. Enough music :

“USA ‘SECRETLY BACKS UPRISING’ ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dvkWqbmesE

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
6:21 pm

Dr Feel

It’s Friday…save it… or take it elsewhere…please…

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
6:21 pm

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

I said I was done with politics for the night, but damn that googley.

“USA ‘SECRETLY BACKS UPRISING’” when googled goes to the Drudge Report. That headline links to a story that says… Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising

Now, considering semantics, it is entirely possible to back a rebel leader without backing the whole uprising. GIven the blunt nature of the Drudge headline, one would be lead to believe the US was secretly backing the whole uprising. Reading the actual story from the Telegraph, the US backed some of the student dissidents (information known thanks to Pvt. Manning and Wikileaks).

The two are not the same. It’s a damned shame when somebody creates a headline like that to grab clicks to their website when the story does not actually back up the headline. Journalistic credibility shot to hell in one quick click.

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

I’m a little late today and just catching up…some really good stuff, y’all…thanks!

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

Now, I’m really done with politics tonight.

popeye

January 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

Nix….I believe our host has this statement at the top of the blog “An Atlanta blog with a little bit of opinion about a whole lot of things.” Understand?

Not just Monday or Friday!

If Dr. Feel wishes to write within reason about another topic who are you to tell him to go away?

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

Keep up the good fight!

January 28th, 2011
6:31 pm

If you can ignore one of the worse rhymes ever in a song – Why cant we be friends?

Or maybe Edwin Starr

Dr. Feel

January 28th, 2011
6:33 pm

Da Prez be gettin ready to speak!

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
6:33 pm

I started thinking about it, and my personal nominations to round out the Top Five jazz cuts

Jay–By any chance, do you have any Grey Poupon?? ;-)

My Top Five Jazz list is all Grover Washington Jr. I’m still kicking my self for missing his show down in L5P back in the late 90s. The weather was bad and I talked myself out of going. A year later, he was dead.

This one goes out to the Smoooooooth Southern Comfort:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWApqG3j3ao&feature=fvst

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
6:34 pm

Dr. Feel

January 28th, 2011
6:36 pm

Resource extraction colonialism has it’s costs.

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
6:37 pm

Dr. Feel

January 28th, 2011
6:39 pm

What we are seeing across the Arab world is not just the undoing of corrupt regimes. We are seeing the undoing of America’s entire foreign policy in that region. No wonder there must be deep misgiving in Washington over the recent turmoil in this key energy-producing region. For decades, US administrations have, through a cocktail of ignorance and arrogance, deluded themselves that they could get away with a mendacious contradiction. That contradiction is the espousal of democracy and peace in the Middle East while at the same time sponsoring regimes that act in every way to undermine any path to democracy and peace. And the vast majority of people in the Middle East see through this delusion. They are well aware that at the root of democratic change in the region is not just getting rid of internal corrupt rulers – it is the overthrow of Washington’s imperialist policy, which has long subjugated Arab countries to despotic rule.

Scout

January 28th, 2011
6:42 pm

Jay

January 28th, 2011
6:43 pm

Why yes, Young Master Bruno, I do believe I do.

Btw, did you lend an ear to “Real Compared to What,” linked above?

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
6:43 pm

This guy was primarily known as a comedian but he was a pretty good drummer, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EhaA9TO4RM

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
6:43 pm

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
6:45 pm

Back at ya, Kam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIRstLa1p_w

I’ve got this show on video ^^^^^ If you don’t have it, get it. Grover at his peak.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

Jay

I think that piano intro in “Real Compared To What” got copied into a few MoTown songs, over the years.

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
6:49 pm

Btw, did you lend an ear to “Real Compared to What,” linked above?

Ooops, caught me redhanded, Brother Jay. I will listen to it in a minute, trying to get my basketball picks together before the 7:05 starting time. (BTW, we decided to let you into the Blog Brotherhood) ;-)

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
6:53 pm

When in doubt, suck up ^^^^^^^^^

SOUTHERN ATL

January 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe@3:54 that was cool….back at ya!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVRXaLkCvcY&feature=related

Mick

January 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

Jay – back from paradise, from the looks of key west, I’d say the economy looks pretty strong, You’re welcome to tag along anytime you’re down this way-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kaDSY46nkY

Jazz Man

January 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

Jay

January 28th, 2011
7:00 pm

the sincerest form of flattery, and all that, HD.

I just love the way that song builds and builds.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

January 28th, 2011
7:02 pm

Bruno

Gracias bondadoso, mi hermano. I’m not all rough and rugged as the uniform would suggest. One right back at ya….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxYCD6cwU1M

HD @ 6:43

Oh no you didn’t step into my realm… :) I can play in that game…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otKKwKem570&feature=fvst

The closest I’ve seen anyone come close to that one, was at the Drum Corps International Grand Championships, and even an entire drum line couldnt’ match it. :)

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
7:05 pm

not since Django himself

Brother jo, how could you profane the blog like that?!?!?!?!? Mentioning Django in the same breath with any other artist?!?!?!?!? Shame, shame, shame on you!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPG1OnOrhis&feature=related

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
7:09 pm

kayaker 71

January 28th, 2011
7:10 pm

Top five,

l. Brubeck, especially Take Five

2. Ramsey Lewis Trio with Red Holt and LD Young, especially The In Crowd

3. Dave Grusin, favorite Mountain Dance

4. Bill Evans Trio, especially My Foolish Heart

5. Anything by Old Blue Eyes

This ain't Lady Gaga

January 28th, 2011
7:11 pm

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
7:12 pm

SC @ 7:02–A nice tribute to Waymon Tisdale, a giant in two different fields, basketball and jazz.

Jay, question for you: You claimed a while back that you had difficulty connecting with Steely Dan on an emotional level, but somehow you can connect with these jazz artists??

Jay

January 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

all true, Bruno. Like I said, I admire the musicianship behind Steely Dan, but it comes across as sterile to me. More intellect than gut.

kayaker 71

January 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

Forgot to add a sixth, Diana Krall singing The Look of Love. Makes you stand up and take notice.

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
7:16 pm

Kam, nice little number @ 6:56. What I like about Grover is that his music is always accesible emotionally, unlike the vast majority of jazz artists I’ve heard. For years, I heard that Miles Davis’s B*tches Brew was the greatest album ever recorded. I bought it, listened to it once, and took it back for a refund.

HD–I’m trying to catch up to some of the nice numbers you put out there earlier.

SOUTHERN ATL

January 28th, 2011
7:19 pm

Bruno

January 28th, 2011
7:21 pm

I admire the musicianship behind Steely Dan, but it comes across as sterile to me. More intellect than gut.

I can’t explain why, but I connect deeply with Fagan’s lyrics and musical twists and turns. He captures perfectly the disaffected feeling I had as a teen. Either that or it was all the acid I was taking at the time.

Kamchak

January 28th, 2011
7:21 pm

Soames

January 28th, 2011
7:27 pm

I’m a big Monk fan myself. It seems like the horn players get all of the attention when it comes to jazz. This man was a genius and a lot of the big name jazz players of those days didn’t like to play with him because he would lead them around rather than accompany. An interesting man. Blue Monk is my favorite tune of his but I thought I would post something different. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVP3lIoDjKk&feature=related

josef nix

January 28th, 2011
7:27 pm

Bruno

Just for you in case you haven’t been following Jimmy the Kid…!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QgYUuEapHE&feature=related