215 days into the year, let’s take our first look at a little bit of jazz, shall we? In a way, that’s appropriate, because I didn’t really start getting into jazz myself until the latter half of my college years. Even then, it wasn’t until after graduation that I started to add some to my collection. Since then, I’ve discovered a lot of jazz that I like quite a bit, which shouldn’t be surprising, given my fondness for instrumental music. Nevertheless, jazz is still relegated to occasional listening, mostly because it doesn’t mix so well with some other popular music forms.
I’m not sure how much this has to do with how much jazz I heard growing up. Mom was always a jazz fan, but her tastes were more along the lines of David Sanborn, Bob James and Michael Franks. Actually, taking another listen to the pop-jazz elevator music these guys made, I’m not surprised I didn’t connect with jazz as a kid. Yeesh! (sorry mom!) The one jazz number that we could agree on back in the day was “The Girl From Ipanema”. Yes, it’s also classic elevator music, but it manages to do so without that cheeky, “smooth” 80’s pop-jazz sheen that makes me feel like I’m back at Kaufman’s shopping for back-to-school clothes.
The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz & João Gilberto