Song of the Day

Don Friedman – “Strength and Sanity”

In 1961, the 23-year-old trumpet phenomenon Booker Little recorded two extraordinary albums: Out Front and Booker Little and Friend. Booker was a visionary musician, possessing a flawless technique, a burnished tone and a purely modern artistic vision.

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Wes Montgomery – “Four on Six”

This version of “Four on Six,” from his album Smokin’ at the Half Note with the Wynton Kelly Trio, has all the trappings of a Montgomery classic: an unforgettable melody, a steamrolling hard-bop groove, and plenty of head-spinning guitar acrobatics. 

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McCoy Tyner – “What the World Needs Now”

Here, McCoy Tyner trades in his volcanic left-hand chords and heavy pentatonic lines for some rather gentle playing in the piano’s upper register, revealing a decidedly softer side to his musical character. 

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Charlie Christian – “Solo Flight”

“Solo Flight” would establish Charlie Christian as one of the earliest guitar heroes in jazz, the man responsible for bringing his instrument out of the background and into the frontline.

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