Jazz in the time of Trad III

The last of this mini-series of three posts returns to three Bs; not Ball, Barber and Bilk but Bach, Bryant and Bossa Nova.

Yer tradster could hardly overlook the brief spell in the spotlight of the Swingle Singers: rather more jazzish than jazz, I suppose, but they probably got some people interested in Classical Music for the first time. We start with three of their quickies, two fugues following “Badinerie”i.e. a pleasantry, a brief lively dance. Hm: I must say he looks like a jazzman, old Johann Sebastian.

Next Ray Bryant, a pianist who was to be found in the jazz section of the record shop without anyone quibbling about whether he played jazz. Here’s the Ray Bryant Trio in 1956 on Cry Me A River.

In 1960, Ellington’s C Jam Blues.

In 1964 a live recording of Cole Porter’s What Is This Thing Called Love?

And at the same date here they are with Ellington’s Satin Doll.

What better way to end than with a fine digestif from the lovely Mrs Gilberto?
The Telephone Song was recorded from Dutch telly.

6 comments for “Jazz in the time of Trad III

  1. March 18, 2018 at 18:58

    She’s a honey.

  2. Demetrius
    March 19, 2018 at 13:01

    Is that Catherine Bott with the Swingle Singers?

    • March 19, 2018 at 19:37

      Dearieme is clearly not going to answer this. She was with them at the start of course. Whether she was on these, I don’t know.

  3. Chuckles
    March 19, 2018 at 16:48

    Any relation to Violet Elizabeth Bott?

  4. March 19, 2018 at 19:03

    Mostly outside my comfort zone although I enjoyed Satin Doll – and Astrud of course.

    • March 19, 2018 at 19:36

      Outside mine too but I daren’t say anything. Might have to inflict my own on you.

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