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254: Vince Guaraldi/We Five, ‘Cast Your Fate to the Wind’

Life can be quirky.
So just cast your fate to the wind.
And don’t sit under ledges where pigeons are roosting.

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079: Miles Davis, ‘So What’ (“Kind of Blue”)

THE masterpiece, universally acknowledged . By rockers, by rappers, by jazzists, by aficionados and cognoscenti, by layfolk and by elevator riders. A monolith of lyric beauty and depth.
It is perfect.

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080: Tim Ries w. Norah Jones, ‘Wild Horses’

Norah Jones’ style really is her own—country jazz, with a twist of blues and an ample dose of pop hooks. Ear candy that doesn’t insult the brain. Not to mention a pair of lips and a pair of eyes and a figure and an attitude that can make a man lose sleep at night. A fetching beauty with a catchy song, what more could one ask for?
Jazz saxophonist Tim Ries toured extensively with The Stones, who sponsored his very fine, very varied Rolling Stones Project.

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244: Bill Evans/Miles Davis, ‘On Green Dolphin Street’

Moledro — a feeling of resonant connection with an artist.
Some disparate notions about Bill Evans, all of them moledros.

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242: Dhafer Youssef, ‘Les Ondes Orientales’ (with Tigran Hamasyan)

Dhafer Youssef, a Tunisian oudist and muezzin-styled vocalist, with Tigran Hamasyan an Armenian pianist, two of the finest jazz musicians around today.
If I gave their music a grade, it would be 100.

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065: Ella Fitzgerald, ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most’

A beatnik musical (what??), an obscure jazz standard (oxymoron), and high school nostalgia (snore)–the convoluted paths we take to visit our past.

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055: Miles Davis/Gil Evans, ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’

In which a jazz recasting of classical favorite trumps the original. Gil Evans and a taste of heaven.

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060: The Bill Evans Trio, ‘Gloria’s Step’ from “Live at The Village Vanguard”

I’ve decided.
If I could take just one single piece of music to my desert island, it would be this.

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