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January 01, 2008 · 0 comments
I generally don't inquire into our writers' private lives. Jazz critics are a bohemian lot, and when (in Fats Waller's words) "the joint is jumpin'," the coolest cats just look the other way. So when Alan Kurtz told me he wanted to write about his twelve favorite lovers . . . well, I tried to change the subject to the state of chord changes in Croatia.
But then I realized that he wanted to write about his twelve favorite versions of the song "Lover" -- the great jazz standard by Rodgers and Hart. Now that perked up my interest. I encouraged him to tell all in an intimate 'Dozens' piece for us. He has obliged us, and today we are publishing all the juicy details.
I won't divulge everything here, but you will find that Alan's list of jazz "Lovers" includes a legendary bebop altoist, the gent who left his heart in a cable car, and the ever-lover-ly "Jezebel of Jazz." But I won't say another word.
You can check out Alan's discriminating selection of the very best "Lovers" here.
This blog entry posted by Ted Gioia