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Body and Soul

by Chris O' Leary It’s the first and only record I ever heard of that all the squares dig as well as the jazz people, and I don’t understand how and why, because I was making notes all the way. I wasn’t making a melody for the squares. -Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul,” jazz standard of standards, turns eighty years old in 2010.<br/><br/> It is jazz’s benchmark, warhorse, rite of passage, litmus test: I can’t think of a single major jazz musician, post-1930, who hasn’t taken it on, from Roy Eldridge to John Coltrane to Anthony Braxton, from Billie Holiday to Sarah Vaughan to Betty Carter, from Art Tatum to Thelonious Monk to Sun Ra. The fecundity, the sheer number, .... 6:35 p.m. Saturday 27th June 2009 EST
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