You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.
Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate upon it in order to get the most of it. You must absorb most of it. The harmonies within the music can relax, soothe and uplift the mind when you concentrate upon and absorb it. Jazz music stimulates the minds and uplifts the souls of those who play it was well as of those who listen to immerse themselves in it. As the mind is stimulated and the soul uplifted, this is eventually reflected in the body.
I’m into scales right now…
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.
A jazz musician is not a jazz musician when he or she is eating dinner or when he or she is with his parents or spouse or neighbours. He’s above all a human being … the true artform is being a human being.
Jazz is music made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions.
With all due respect, these recommendations will not be Christmas standards played in a ‘jazzy fashion’. These are some jazz records that require ‘less intense listening’, so you can put them on during a dinner with friends and/or family and still have that ‘jazz atmosphere’.
Unfortunately, I can only play a little jazz around the house, especially during aforementioned dinner parties. My wife doesn’t really like it, my mother and sister honestly hate it, and with the kids running around I can hardly hear it.
Hence my ‘family safe Christmas menu’
First, a drink:
Tony Bennet with Bill Evans - The Tony Bennet Bill Evans Album
Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection
Chet Baker - Live In Tokyo
Coffee with liquor:
Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours
After that, depending on the mood and the quantities of alcohol being served, you can either: