Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Jazz Songs of All Time till 2017. African American communities of New Orleans, Us in 20th centuries, originally did jazz music. It became a bond song for European American and African American. Different cultures have been doing it in their own style and experience. It has been known to be one of America’s original art form internationally. Cool jazz started in the end of 1940’s where it introduced smoother sound and linear melodic lines. Here are some top ten best music of all time.
List of Top 10 Best Jazz Songs of All Time till 2017
10. Parisian Thoroughfare by Bud Powell
When it comes to piano playing, Bud Powell was a genius. He was a jazz songwriter who was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. He was a modern figure for jazz or bebop songs. He wrote and composed this song. On May 15, 1953, he played in hall Toronto hall with Quinter including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach and Charles Mingus in a Jazz Massey Hall album by Debut Record. Due to use of drugs his career was cut short.
9. On Green Dolphin Street by John Coltrane
He played his music using saxophone. It was composed by Bronislaw Kaper and lyrics by Ned Washington in 1947. Elizabeth Goudge played it in a film Green Dolphin Street in 1944 that also appeared in a novel under same name. Later it became a standard jazz recorded by Miles Davis in 1958. It was released under Milestone Record in 1975. Nobody had ever matched with his ability to play saxophone in pure technical prowess on classic jazz tune. He died young under influence of drugs.
8. Moanin by Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers
It was recorded in 1958 for Blue Note label. This was Blakey’s first album for Blue Note after recording for miscellany label for a period of time. This track is 32 bar piece with a 4 bar tag, having two part writing for Golson and trumpeter Lee Morgan. It is a combination of old-fashioned gospel and blues. Scott Yanow identified this album in his Allmusic essay as one of 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings. Jon Hendricks, recorded by Lambert, Ross and Hendricks, wrote a new version of Moanin.
7. Time Remembered by Bill Evans Trio
He first started playing piano for indomitable Miles Davis. Bill Evans was known for his longing sound and wonderful playing style. This song is identified as a cool jazz, simple and revelation plain. It was recorded at Shelly Manne’s club in Hollywood, California in May 1963; however, it was released in 1983 by Milestone label as 16th track double LP. In 1999 it was recorded in CD. Scott Yanow awarded 4 stars and states, saying it was the finest recordings worth searching for.
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6. Donna Lee by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
It is a bebop standard jazz originally written by Charlie Parker in A-flat. Donna Lee is very complex when it comes to unusual half-bar rest. This track was a first moving chart with a compositional style. Miles Davis claims that he also composed, saying that he wrote a tune for an album called ‘Donna Lee’. It was performed by Mile Davis was playing trumpet, Max Roach drums, Tommy Potter bass and Bud Powell piano. This is one of the Top 10 Best Jazz Songs of All Time till 2017.
5. Take the A Train by Duke Ellington
It was originally written by Billy Strayhorn, however it become a signature song for Duke Ellington. This track was first recorded on January 15, 1941 as standard transcription for radio broadcast, and got famous on February 15, 1941. Tune is made in AABA form, in C key, with each lyric couplet. Midwestern Rockers in Chicago wrote a new version in 1957 on their back-to-roots-disc, by Night & Day Big Band. This track featured in a video game Grand Theft Auto IV. It sounds like a free and loose as a big band can be.
4. Blue in Green by Miles Davis
It was released in his third debut album Kind of Blue in 1959. Cannonball Adderley only sits down in this video. Bill Evans also says that he composed this song in an interview conducted in radio broadcast on May 27, 1979, but Davis denied saying that he was only writer. He introduced a jazz standard ‘Alone Together” in January 1959, which was directly compared to Blue in Green. Miles David is well known for his beautiful jazz music.
3. Cheek to Cheek by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
These two talented musician giant released Cheek to Cheek in 1935. Co-written by Irving Berlin and it was played in a movie Top Hat same year by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers as they dance. It was nominated for Best Song Academy Award in 1936, but lost to Lullaby of Broadway. It was peaked number one on Your Hit Parade and stayed for five weeks. In 1935 it was named number one song. In 2000, Leo Reisman Orchestra was in Grammy Hall of Fame. Astaire’s version was number 15 on AFI’s 100 years in American cinema. It is filmed in a clip from movie, The Green Mile, also in one of an episode of British TV Comedy Series ‘To the Manor Born’.
2. I Surrender, Dear by Thelonious Monk
He is one of unique musician ever. Harry Barris and lyrics by Gordon Clifford compose it. Bing Crosby was first to perform, and made it his first solo hit. Many artists making it a pop and jazz standard have covered it. In 1949, it was played in Battleground war film. These track inspired two motion pictures that bears same title featuring film starring Gloria Jean one of Crosby’s co-stars singer.
1. Duet Solo Dancers by Charles Mingus
It is also known as The Black Saint and Sinner Lady, released on Impulse records in 1963. This album consists of a single composition- partially written as ballet, dividing it into four tracks and six movements. It was recorded in January 20, 1963 by eleven-piece band. It received positive music critics.
These are the best jazz song of all time till 2017 that you can listen and feel relaxed.