There are very few genres of music that I come back to as often as I do to jazz. Unless I’m looking to rage, or act very bossy, jazz has a way of enhancing every of my moods. If I want to bring the brood while sipping some bourbon? Lush Life by Coltrane. Escape off in a daydream? Moon River by Vince Guaraldi. Put a mischievous swagger in my step? Summertime, Oscar Peterson’s live version from his “Oscar Peterson in Russia” record.
Besides my weakness for jazz standards as a whole, what I love the most about jazz is the inherent creativity, and the dualities at play. Much like the designs for the EM brand, in jazz, there’s a constant tension between the classic and the maverick. I Loves You, Porgy was written in 1935 by the masterful Gershwin brothers (classic), but every artist that’s recorded it since has opened the song up, put their own stamp on it, and brought it new life (radical). I might be biased, but I think that tension makes for a great product.
I put together some of my favorites for a quiet night in…so, light some candles, have a cocktail, and throw this on the old Victrola.