Tag: Song of the Day

Herbie Hancock – “Driftin'”

Keyboard legend Herbie Hancock kicked off his wildly successful recording career on this day (May 28) in 1962 with the release of his debut album as a leader, Takin’ Off.

Nina Simone – “Sinnerman”

“Sinnerman” presents Nina Simone at her absolute best. The song’s lyrics tell of a sinner’s futile attempt to seek salvation on Judgement Day, and the accompanying music — full of dark, thundering piano chords— heightens the thematic intensity.


Don Shirley – “At Last”

The film ‘Green Book’ has generated plenty of awards buzz since its release, but more importantly, it has shined a light on Don Shirley, a tragically underappreciated musician and his body of work.


Billie Holiday – “Good Morning Heartache”

“Good Morning Heartache” was written by Irene Higgenbotham, Dan Fisher and Ervin Drake for the vocalist Billie Holiday, who first recorded it on this day —January 22 — in 1946. In the years since its recorded debut, the song, whose lyrics deal with lingering grief of a love affair gone awry, became one of Holiday’s signature tunes.

Miles Davis – “Jeru”

Miles Davis’s Birth of the Cool set the mold for the genre that would come to be known as cool jazz. The trailblazing trumpeter and his musical partner, the imaginative conductor-arranger Gil Evans, began recording the album on this day — January 21 — in 1949.


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