Not enough jazz songs. So I start these additions with some greats.
Best Billie Holiday Recordings: Just about anything from the years of 1937-1938. (yt.)
Best Dizzy Gillsespie: “And Then She Stopped,” any version. (yt.)
Best Song by a President: Lester Young, “Mean to me.” (yt.)
Best Smooth: Sade, “Nothing Can Come Between Us.” (yt.)
Best Nat King Cole Trio cover: Diana Krall vocals, Russell Malone on guitar. “You’re Looking at Me.” (yt.)
Most Sincere Love Song With Harp: Bjork vocals, Corki Hale harp, “Like Someone in Love.” (yt.)
Any Gershwin. Take your pick of thousands of performances by thousands of musicians. (yt.)
Favorite Schumann Short: Many versions. For example: Elly Ameling singing, Jorg Demus on piano. Liederkreis, op. 39, #8 “In der Fremde”
Favorite Vivaldi Short: Four Seasons, Summer, Presto – Storm. Versions include, David Garrett, violin version, Emre Sabuncuoglu , guitar version, OR any full orchestra version.
“BIG MUSIC LIST (200 Song – First Worldwide Best Music List)
Here are 200 great tunes you probably have not heard – notice they are in all genres, from all over the world, are great songs, and stand out – not fit in.
They deserve as much attention as any pop song. Then too if you don’t like say 50 or so of these, there are still 150 great ones left for even the pickiest listener.