The soundtrack to my day to day changes constantly, but there’s are a few key albums and tracks that keep popping up. Dizzy Gillespie is always a favorite of mine, as much for the delicate blunt force with which he plays as the humor with which he delivers his pre, mid and post track commentaries. Dizzy is constantly talking, cracking wise and playing up the audience. On this album, recorded live at Monterey in 1963, Dizzy introduces his Alto Saxophoist James Moody into a track of “in the mood for love”, which he renames;
"Now you know damn well I love you baby, so what did you expect me to do, when I found you ain’t have no eyes for me? I did what any other red blooded American free white and 21 would do, I did the obvious, I split baby, and I split fast! And now you will have to wallow in your own degradation and sin blues cha cha cha bossanova"
A killer track from a killer album, and I think if more people listened to good jazz, there would be less hurt and anger in the world today.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross