A few days ago, with my friends, I tried to recall as many people as possible, which, in our opinion, changed the course of history. Well, if we expand this topic, we can distinguish 8 key aspects in different areas of human activity that have influenced life, worldview or simply the taste of all mankind. Today I would like to highlight 8 jazz songs, which, in my opinion, are the basis of popular jazz music.
Most likely, many know the jazz compositions I have collected here, but each standard has its own story, which is not known to everyone. Check the following list out and then discuss it with people on https://jazz.net/, a great website for all of your jazz needs.
- Autumn leaves
Originally, in 1945, it was the French song “Les Feuilles mortes” (literally “Dead Leaves”) with the music of Joseph Kosma (Joseph Kosma) and poetry by Jacques Prevert (Jacques Prevert). Yves Montand (with Irene Joachim) introduced Les Feuilles mortes in 1946 in Les Portes-de-la Nuit. In 1947, American composer Johnny Mercer wrote the English text of this song, and Joe Stafford was one of the first to perform a new version of the song. Autumn leaves have become a jazz and pop standard in both languages, as well as in the instrumental version.
- Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
The song is also known as “Let It Snow”. The authorship belongs to the lyrics of Sammy Cahn and the composer Jule Styne in 1945. Interestingly, it was written in July 1945 in Hollywood during one of the hottest days of summer.
What is even more interesting is that it is known to everyone, I think, almost everyone on our blue balloon, which is plowing the universe, even the one who lived all his life in the desert. This is the classic jazz song, everybody knows it, it is better to enjoy together tho, visit this site to find a wife abroad and enjoy it with her! Personally, I always sing this song when it’s snowing or raining (Let it rain! You can also Let it fog!)
- I’ve got you under my skin
Not everyone knows this song, which all the jazz vocalists sang if not on the stage, then really in the soul for sure. The authorship belongs to Cole Porter (Cole Porter) and it was written in 1936. On the video presented (as in the previous one) it is performed by my favorite musician Jamie Culllum. After this song, there will be a small bonus – another song performed by Jamie – High and Dry (Radiohead). This is one of my favorite songs.
- Take five
If the musician wants to test his musical flair at a non-standard rhythm, take five is the best jazz composition on which you can conduct an experiment. The size of 5 quarters shows unambiguously that the song deserves attention. By the way, there are a lot of songs that start out as a famous standard, but it was Paul Desmond who came up with it for the first time and was first introduced by the quartet of the great Dave Brubeck Quartet in the album Time Out in 1959
- The entertainer
Well, everyone knows that. Wrote the composition of the founder of the style of “ragtime” Scott Joplin (Scott Joplin) more than 110 years ago (in 1902). It is a classic of ragtime. This Jazz Composition regained its international fame during the “ragtime revival” in the 1970s, when it was used as a musical theme for the movie “The Sting”, which received an Oscar.
- Singing in the rain
“Singing in the Rain” – a song on the verses of Arthur Freed (Arthur Freed) and the music of Nacio Herb Brown (Nacio Herb Brown), written in 1929, gained fame after the film of the same name. After watching the clip, I always start to rejoice!
When people talk about jazz, they often mean “Summertime”. The work was written by George Gershwin in 1935 for the opera “Porgy and Bess”. The authors of the text: DuBos Hayward and Ira Gershwin (George’s brother). Speaking that as a basis for writing the aria, Gershwin took the Ukrainian lullaby song “Oh, goes the dream among windows”, which he heard in New York in the performance of the Ukrainian National Choir under Alexander Kosich