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Jazz Ballad

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Wxp4759cb, Jan 24, 2002.

  1. Wxp4759cb


    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Anyone know a good, sad jazz ballad that can be performed by a small combo?
  2. I've done Blue Bossa at a very slow tempo and it sounded very sad and "blue" to me.
    Considering the latin beat
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Round Midnight
    Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
    The Man I Love
    Black Coffee

    stop me....
  4. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Alone Together
    Autumn Leaves
    Blue In Green
    I Fall In Love Too Easily
    Lonely Woman
    Manha De Carnival
    My Funny Valentine


    They're all plenty sad.
  5. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    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.

  6. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    "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."

    Beat that!
    And I defy anyone to listen to Shelia Jordan sing those words without choking up.
  7. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Oops-forgot to name that tune "Lush Life"
  8. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    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
  9. JAS


    Jul 3, 2001
    Infant Eyes by wayne shorter
  10. Ahh, Jeff, you beat me. I love the Johnny Hartman w/Trane version. That melody sounds great on the bass too.
  11. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    "Angel Eyes"...I just produced a CD for Benoit Jazz Works, and Angela Benoit did a nice slow version of it.
  12. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    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.

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