Jazz

The Quickest Way

"Take The A Train"
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1941

In the 1920s, the center of black American culture was in New York City, north of Central Park. And the way to get there was the A train. Read more about The Quickest Way

Pilgrimage

"The Journey"
Abdullah Ibrahim
1978

We've already looked at the European pilgrimages of the Middle Ages, and the American ones in Memphis. In the Muslim world, pilgrimage is not a historical idea, but a vital religious tradition. Read more about Pilgrimage

Illumination

"The Lambeth Walk"
Quintette du Hot Club de France
1939
"Electric Avenue"
Eddy Grant
1982

From north to south, the market streets of Lambeth have been inspiring musicians for at least eighty years. Read more about Illumination

Spiked

"Cocktails For Two"
Spike Jones and His City Slickers
1944
"Cocktails For Two"
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
1934

The best cover songs are those where the artist truly makes the song his own. When Spike Jones makes a song his own, the song is never quite the same again. Read more about Spiked

Lament

"Absinthe"
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
1963

Scientifically speaking, absinthe is no different from any other flavored spirit. Studies have shown that its legendary hallucinatory effects, its special quality of intoxication, owe more to the drink's mythology than they do to its ingredients. But despite the clinical evidence, absinthe retains its mystique--a unique feeling captured on record by two jazz giants. Read more about Lament

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