Saturday, June 14, 2008

Jazz on a Father's Day

Songs for Dad: Father's Day Jazz

Cover for Song for My Father

Horace Silver

Album: Song for My Father
Song: Song for My Father

Any list of jazz songs about fathers has to begin with this classic from 1964. Pianist and composer Horace Silver went all-out for his dad with this one. Not only did he write and record a song that would go on to become a jazz standard (and later inspire the bass line for Steely Dan's "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number"), but he also put his father's picture on the album cover. Now that's a good son.

David Arnay

David Arnay

Album: Daddy's Groove
Song: Daddy's Groove

Here's one for a father with hop left in his hip. Recorded in 1997 by Los Angeles-based pianist, composer, and educator David Arnay, this song does indeed have a fine groove. It might even inspire Dad to dance, which can't be said of, say, a gift certificate to a hardware store.

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Artist: Original Soundtrack
Album: Space Cowboys
Song: Old Man

Brad Mehldau is one of today's most acclaimed jazz pianists, but many of his fans might not have heard this beautiful version of Neil Young's poignant "Old Man," given that it was only released as a part of the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's film Space Cowboys. Just in case you missed it, here it is.

Cover for Somethin' Else [RVG Edition]

Cannonball Adderley

Album: Somethin' Else [RVG Edition]
Song: One for Daddy-O

"One for Daddy-O" is a laid-back blues song performed by five jazz legends: Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Miles Davis (trumpet), Hank Jones (piano), Art Blakey (drums), and Sam Jones (bass). In this selection from an album which has become a classic example of cool, late-'50s bop, all the participants are in top form. Their playing makes it apparent that they're enjoying each other's company immensely.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Album: Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 6: St. Louis Blues
Song: I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)

Much has been written about the genius of Louis Armstrong and his enduring impact on jazz. Let's not forget, though, that Armstrong could also pack more joy into a three-minute song than almost anyone else. Early in this 1930 vocal performance, he gleefully announces that he's forgotten the words to the song, and then he launches into spirited scat singing. He follows that with a trumpet solo which contains passages that rank right up there with his famous rubato introduction to "West End Blues." It's a timeless delight for Father's Day, from the man many people called "Pops."


Anonymous volume-addict said...

Brad Mehldau is one of my favorite jazz musicians ever. His version of John Coltrane's Countdown is a lesson in quick fingers on the piano. His covers of Radiohead's music is mindblowing as well. I only wish there was a soundtrack that was released for the movie My Wife Is An Actress.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Armentine said...

My father likes music and I got a music box from San Franciso Music Box to gift him on father's day.

2:13 PM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

sad but its almost impossible to buy his CD in the Philippines

10:39 AM  
Anonymous volume-addict said...

The Philippines would rather listen to either the latest pogi-rock band or Kris Aquino's or [insert TV personality that knows fuck-all about music here] compilation. That's why record companies are so gunshy about expanding their catalogs. Such a shame.

5:40 AM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...


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