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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Wxp4759cb, Jan 24, 2002.
Anyone know a good, sad jazz ballad that can be performed by a small combo?
I've done Blue Bossa at a very slow tempo and it sounded very sad and "blue" to me.
Considering the latin beat
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
The Man I Love
Blue In Green
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Manha De Carnival
My Funny Valentine
They're all plenty sad.
Not normally done as a ballad, but "It Had to be You" on the Orrin Evans disc Justin Time (Criss Cross label). It is almost beyond slow, like those old Ray Charles tempos. I normally hate that song, but at that tempo it is just unbelievably melancholy and cool.
"I'll live a lush life in some small dive
And there I'll be, while I rot with the rest
Of those whose lives are lonely too."
And I defy anyone to listen to Shelia Jordan sing those words without choking up.
Oops-forgot to name that tune "Lush Life"
If you have a singer, 'Don't Explain', 'I'm a Fool to Want You', and 'Strange Fruit' are three pretty dark tunes.
(Added Later) Ballad of the Sad Young Men
Infant Eyes by wayne shorter
Ahh, Jeff, you beat me. I love the Johnny Hartman w/Trane version. That melody sounds great on the bass too.
"Angel Eyes"...I just produced a CD for Benoit Jazz Works, and Angela Benoit did a nice slow version of it.
And the all time most depressing ballad has to be Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit", just by virtue of its subject matter. Guaranteed to wipe the smile off the happiest face in the crowd.