Jason Moran is a great example of a modern musician who is constantly paying homage to the giants of the jazz piano tradition. His tributes to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk et al. often incorporate 21st-century technology like video and audio samples, while his own compositions have one foot in the past and one in the future. Here’s the opening track to his 2010 album Ten.
Here’s a very pretty song by one of my favorite composers, Kenny Wheeler. It comes from Kenny’s 1973 album Song for Someone, and features vocalist Norma Winstone, who penned the lyrics for this tune. Of course the bare bones nature of this lead sheet can’t do justice to Kenny’s rich orchestration and sense of timbre, but I still thought it worth sharing.
Happy new year! Let’s start 2016 with a song by Chris Potter, who celebrated a birthday yesterday.