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Jazz Moods - Sounds of Spring by Various Artists

Concord Jazz’s latest compilation Sounds of Spring is truly the jazz sound track to spring. The CD’s twelve tracks from the greatest jazz artists of past and present all have a spring theme to put you in the mood to "Up Jump" with the season. What is great with this compilation is that there is something for everyone. There are songs played by classic artists such as Count Basie, Red Garland, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Tony Bennett and Larry Coryell with Emily Remler. Each track has a spring inspired title such as Joy Spring, Up Jumped Spring and April In Paris to name just a few.

Though there are no surprises on the album like long lost cuts or unreleased takes each track is good. A true fan of each artist probably has already heard many of these cuts. Freddie Hubbard playing "Up Jumped Spring" or Miles Davis’ version of "I’ll Remember April" are well known classics. A few fun standouts in this collection are Count Basie playing "Royal Garden Blues" just with his quartet. It is always a treat to hear the Count just do his thing at the piano and of course you know it will swing your socks off. Another gem is Clifford Brown’s classic "Joy Spring" played by the wonderful Larry Coryell and Emily Remler just as a duo. There is also a nice version of "Too Young to Go Steady" sung by Karrin Allyson. Susannah McCorkle also does a pleasant version of Jobim’s "The Waters Of March". It is just a shame the album does not let you know which album each track was taken from so you can easily hear more from all these great artists or get the compete album and find out who else in performing with them on the track.

This CD is definitely aimed at the jazz listener who enjoys beautifully played music. Each track will leave the listener relaxed and ready to embrace the fresh new season of spring. You can see the flowers budding no matter if it is in March or April, spring is defiantly not late this year, in fact you can now take it with you all year round.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Various Artists
  • CD Title: Jazz Moods - Sounds of Spring
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Concord Records
  • Tracks: 1. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year 2.You Make Me Feel So Young 3. Ill Remember April 4. Royal Garden Blues 5. Mountain Greenery 6. Up Jumped Spring 7. Spring Is Here 8. Too Young To Go Steady 9. Joy Spring 10. April In Paris 11. The Waters Or March 12. When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along'
  • Musicians: Artist include Miles Davis, Toney Bennett, Count Basie Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Karrin Allyson
  • Rating: Five Stars
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