Song of the day

The Song of the Day is a regular feature at jazz.com. Five days per week, jazz.com highlights an exceptional track deserving special attention from a recent release. These tracks are drawn from a wide range of sources, both major and indie label CDs, as well as self-produced projects and easily missed releases from far-flung parts of the world. The predominant focus is jazz, but we occasionally dip into blues, world music or other styles. The one common denominator is excellence. By highlighting these tracks, jazz.com hopes to call attention to outstanding music you might otherwise miss.

Below is a list of all the tracks featured as Song of the Day since the launch of jazz.com, each with a link to the review. Whenever possible, the review includes a link for fast, easy and legal downloading.



Today's Song of the Day:


Samuel Blaser: Red Hook


Previous Songs of the Day:

November 2009
Mike Longo: Tell Me a Bedtime Story
Tinsley Ellis: Speak No Evil
David Murray & the Gwo Ka Masters: Southern Skies
Jonathon Haffner: New Year
Marc Copland & Gary Peacock: Blue in Green
Houston Person: Lester Leaps In
Stefano Bollani: Orvieto
Komeda Project: Ballad for Bernt


October 2009
Joey DeFrancesco: Fly Me to the Moon
Ike Sturm: Kyrie
Jeff Hamilton: The Serpent's Tooth
Hank Jones & Oliver Jones: What Am I Here For?
Quartet San Francisco: Strange Meadowlark
Loren Stillman: Man of Mystery
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Some Kiss
Egberto Gismonti: Sertões Veredas
Krantz-Carlock-Lefebvre: War Torn Johnny
Jon Irabagon: January Dream
Ben Allison: Fred
Mika Pohjola: Blues Chacarera
CéU: Vira Lata
Barrett Martin: Shapeshifter
Gerald Wilson: Detroit
Anouar Brahem: Stopover at Djibouti
Hailey Niswanger: Oliloqui Valley
Wayne Wallace: Freedom Jazz Dance (Baile de Libertad)
John Proulx: Let's Get Lost
Watermelon Slim: Wreck on the Highway
Poncho Sanchez: Cantaloupe Island


September 2009
Jan Garbarek: Milagre dos Peixes
Dan Moretti: Cajun the Squirrel
Rez Abbasi: Why Me Why Them
Alex Terrier: Tompkins Square
Roberta Gambarini: Medley from Cinema Paradiso
Francesco Cafiso: King Arthur
Mark Levine: Nanã
Bud Shank: Over the Rainbow
Stefon Harris & Blackout: Gone
John Abercrombie: I've Been Overlooked Before
Kobie Watkins: Spastic
John Adams: Guide to Strange Places
Marcus Strickland: Portrait of Tracy
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Four in One
Robert Glasper: No Worries
Fiona Boyes: Howlin' at Your Door
Mimi Jones: Suite Mary
Dafnis Prieto: Si o Si
Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas
James Carter: Diminishing
Woodbrain: Shake 'Em on Down


August 2009
Terence Blanchard: A New World
Fanfare Cioc?rlia: Cioc?rlia
Luis Bonilla: Uh, Uh, Uh...
Judy Niemack: Beautiful Love
Gretchen Parlato: Butterfly
Joe Higham and Al Orkesta: Simple Dan(ce)
The Monterey Quartet: Treachery
Dee Alexander: This Bitter Earth
Bill Frisell: Disfarmer Theme
Louis Sclavis: Aboard Ulysses's Boat
John Primer: Moanin' at Midnight
The Heath Brothers: The Rio Dawn
Miroslav Vitous: Variations on W Shorter
Will Matthews: Count on Swingin'
Warren Smith: One More Lick for Harold Vick
Matt Wilson: That's Gonna Leave a Mark
Andy Milne & Benoît Delbecq: Divide Comedy
John Surman: Haywain
Sacri Delfino: Luna de Hortaleza
Christian McBride: Theme for Kareem
Tim Kuhl: King
Donny McCaslin: Uppercut


July 2009
Fred Hersch: Insensatez
Daniel Santiago: Old City
Anthony Wilson: Mezcal
Chris Potter: Facing East
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: One Thousand Questions: One Answer
Eddie Harris & Ellis Marsalis: Deacceleration
JDT: Gastrophysics
Nicole Mitchell: What If
The Low Anthem: Music Box
Harry Skoler: Piazzolla
Elli Fordyce: Where Am I Going?
Luciana Souza: Tide
Ron Mitchell: Smile
Jerry Granelli: Murder Ballad
Steve Kuhn (with Joe Lovano): Song of Praise
Kurt Elling: Say It (Over and Over Again)
Sean Nowell: Jamie's Decision
Buckwheat Zydeco: The Wrong Side
Andy Sheppard: La Tristesse Du Roi
Mike Arroyo: Recuerdos de Humacao
Quartet Offensive: The Dirty Dollar
Joe Bonamassa: The Ballad of John Henry


June 2009
Oumou Sangare: Sukunyali
Shea Breaux Wells: Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford
Ralph Bowen: Canary Drums
Jakob Dinesen: Come Sunday
Otis Taylor: Country Boy, Girl
Laurence Hobgood: Que Sera Sera
Brian Woodruff: Chorale
Enrico Pieranunzi: Scarlatti Sonata K377 & Improv
Rondi Charleston: Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered
3Play+: Bulletrain
Bobby Broom: Ask Me Now
Grant Geissman: Chuck and Chick
Tom Abbs: Torn
Gerald Clayton: Two Heads One Pillow
Gian Tornatore: Hearing Triangles
Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge
Freddie Hubbard: Blues by Five
Guilherme Monteiro: Air
Cyminology: Niyaayesh
Gebhard Ullman: Kreuzberg Park East
Stanley Clarke (with Hiromi): Sakura Sakura
Jennifer Lee: Quiet Joy


May 2009
Gary Burton & Pat Metheny: Sea Journey
Darren Rahn: Talk of the Town
Sam Yahel: Oumou
Hristo Vitchev: Parisian Skies
Joe Lovano: Powerhouse
Joel Harrison: Straight, No Chaser (variations)
E.J. Strickland: Eternal
Nicholas Urie: Bad Girl?
Melody Gardot: The Rain
Red Holloway: St. Thomas
Rick Germanson: Any Thoughts
Scott Gwinell: Brush Fire
Jentsch Group Large: Route 666
Darcy James Argue"s Secret Society: Phobos
Brian Blade: Mercy Angel
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Falling Down Blues
Torcuato Mariano: Back to the Road
Bobby Sanabria: Wild Jungle
Frank Macchia: Air Mail Special
Kevin Hays: Sweet and Lovely
Allen Toussaint: Long, Long Journey


April 2009
Wynton Marsalis: The Sun and the Moon
Jermaine Landsberger: Babik
Gaucho: Darktown Strutter's Ball
Gene Perla: I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
Five Peace Band: In a Silent Way / It's About That Time
Mikkel Ploug: Cathedral
Claudia Acuña: El Cigarrito
Justin Vasquez: Triptych
Rudder: Jackass Surcharge
Kait Dunton: Phase/Faze
Mel Martin: Rhythm Man (Do Not Disturb)
Corey Wilkes: Rain
Dan Adler: All Things Familiar
Julian Lage: Familiar Posture
Avery Sharpe: Boston Baked Beans
Tiptons Sax Quartet: The Shop of Wild Dreams
Tierney Sutton: Cry Me a River
Daniel Sadownick: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Shemekia Copeland: Black Crow
Frank Wess: Lush Life
Linda Presgrave: Evening in Concert
Diana Krall: Too Marvelous for Words


March 2009
Sound Assembly: Slide Therapy
Denny Zeitlin: Mr. P.C.
Fareed Haque: 32 Taxis
Tobin Mueller: Must Go Back
The Bad Plus: Lithium
Mark Winkler: Cool
Dr. Lonnie Smith: Come Together
Branford Marsalis: The Return of the Jitney Man
Bipolar: Just the Two of Us
Cheikh Ndoye: Rewmi
Ada Rovatti: The Untold Story
Peter Bernstein: Work
Bangalore Breakdown: Mukti
Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition: Apti
Dan Adler: All Things Familiar
Aaron J. Johnson: Big Fun Blues
Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway: Blue Waltz
Claudio Roditi: Tune Up
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes: Gonna Get Old Someday
Greg Skaff: Tropicalia
Ran Blake: Lost Highway
Enrico Rava: Outsider
David Binney: Squares and Palaces

February 2009
Joe Zawinul & Wayne Shorter: In a Silent Way
Sarah DeLeo: Stolen Moments
Miles Stiebel: Midnight Fifty
Seamus Blake: Darn That Dream
Nenad Gajin: Kec
Eliane Elias: Chega de Saudade
Doug Johns: Scrumpt
Derek Trucks: Maybe This Time
Ede Wright: Shangrila
John Stetch: This Is It (Bugs Bunny)
La Tanya Hall: Bluesette
Laïka: Strange Fruit
Julia Hülsmann: Kiss From A Rose
Jeff "Tain" Watts: Return of the Jitney Man
Jason Rigby: The Archer
Mike Clark: Loft Funk
David Dyson: Lovely One
Marc Copland: Like It Never Was
Benny Golson: Airegin
Neil Haverstick: Birdwalk

January 2009
Matthew Shipp: GNG
Keith Jarrett: You Took Advantage of Me
Jazz Arts Trio: My Foolish Heart
Mario Adnet & Rodrigo Campello: Morena Faceira (Naughty Brunette)
Mort Weiss: Blue Monk
Joshua Redman: Round Reuben
Vinnie Cutro: Blues for Roy
Gilfema: Morning Dew
Adam Birnbaum: House Party Starting
Ruslan Khain: For Medicinal Purposes Only
Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze: Domain Domain
John Escreet: Somewhere Between Dreaming and Sleeping
Brad Leali / Claus Raible Quartet: Puddin' Time
Rick Frank: Yellow Mountain
Donald Vega: Nostalgia
Avishai Cohen: First Drops
Radio.String.Quartet.Vienna: A Remark You Made
Patrick Rydman: A Heartache on the Side
Hot Club of San Francisco: Vendredi 13
Charlie Hunter: Athens
Brian Charette: Giant Deconstruction

December 2008
Rinsethealgorithm: Urban Nocturnal
Arild Andersen: Independency Part 3
Warsaw Village Band: Wise Kid Song
Barnacled: Losing Weight Through Prayer
Mark Rapp: Incense and Peppermints
Billy Boy Arnold: Decoration Day
Gjermund Larsen: ArriVals
The New Jazz Composers Octet: Bad Alchemy
Joani Taylor: Take Five
Andy Scherrer: Karma
Marco Granados: Los Tiestos De Moca
Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Drainlick
Francisco Mela: Benes
Jim Hall & Bill Frisell: Masters of War
Dave Frank: Snow Falls on 5th Ave.
Jonatha Brooke: My Flowers Grow Green
Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm: R.L. Burnside
Vince Mendoza: All Blues
Frank Catalano: My One and Only Love
Bryan Beller: Love Terror Adrenaline / Break Through
New York Electric Piano: Temple Tantrum
Sonny Rollins: More Than You Know
Ari Hoenig: Moment's Notice


November 2008
Evan Christopher: Douce Ambience
Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: We Are MTO
Ludovic & Kruno: Philadelphie Sur Seine
Lori Bell: A Ilha (The Island)
Martin Urbach: I Broke the Jazz
April Hall: You Must Believe in Spring
Rudresh Mahanthappa: Ganesha
Bujo Kevin Jones: Tenth World Order
Bill Cunliffe: Port Authority
Carl Orr: JFP
Mark Weinstein: Lua e Sol
Javon Jackson: One by One
Tony Malaby: Anemone
Christian Scott: Died in Love
Shakers N' Bakers: In Me Canoe
Bill Carrothers : When Will the Blues Leave
Jon Larsen (with Jimmy Carl Black): Jimmy-As-A-Ghost
Lucía Pulido: Dejala Llorar
Buena Vista Social Club: Chan Chan (live at Carnegie Hall)
Lee Shaw: Foots
Amina Figarova: Chicago Split


October 2008
KJ Denhert: Message in a Bottle
Milton Nascimento: Chega de Saudade
Robert Mitchell 3io: Quantum
Tim Ries: Miss You
Michael Bates: Great Exhibition
The Stryker/Slagle Band: Fingers in the Wind
Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Gift of Dreams
Jimmy Herring: New Moon
Todd Sickafoose: Future Flora
Arturo O’Farrill & Claudia Acuna: Moodance
Tuck & Patti: In a Sentimental Mood
Taj Mahal: Zanzibar
Erik Friedlander: Jim Zipper
Rachael Price: Mood Indigo
Asaf Sirkis: Stoned Bird
Todd Coolman: Crescent City Ditty
Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet: Four to Go
Take 6: Someone to Watch Over Me
Denise Donatelli: Crystal Silence
Charlie Haden: He's Gone Away
Chico Hamilton: Ain't Nobody Calling Me


September 2008
Dave Holland: The Sum of All Parts
Bruno Raberg: Elegy
Aaron Irwin: Little Hurts
Marshall Gilkes: The Crossover
McCoy Tyner & John Scofield: Mr. P.C.
Pete Rodriguez: Who Do I Trust?
Patricia Barber: Miss Otis Regrets
Michael Moore & Fred Hersch: The Sad Bird
Lafayette Gilchrist: Between Us
Blink: Glass
Savina Yannatou: O Yannis kai O Drakos
Joe Lovano: Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
Carla Bley: Awful Coffee
Bobo Stenson: A Fixed Goal
Southside Johnny (with Tom Waits): Walk Away
Bill Cantrall: Axiom
B.B. King: Get These Blues Off Me
George Duke: Everyday Hero
Surinder Sandhu: Avi's Theme
Jay D'Amico: Tuscan Prelude
Chris Greene: Bernie's Tune
Bob Mintzer (with Kurt Elling): Minuano


August 2008
Mathias Eick: October
John Lee Hooker, Jr.: Dear John
John Pizzarelli: This Can't Be Love
Kenny Barron & Lionel Loueke: Duet
Donny McCaslin: The Champion
Aaron Parks: Peaceful Warrior
Sonny Landreth: When I Still Had You
Wayne Wallace: Fascinating Rhythm
Glenn White: Sacred Machines
Tim Kuhl: Versus
David Berger: Jeepers Creepers
Chriss Campion: Recado Swing
Kate McGarry: Let's Face the Music and Dance
Jeff Barone: Open Up
Stephane Wrembel: Eternal Cycle 2
Alyssa Graham: America
Steve Allee: Bus to Belmopan
Roy Hargrove: I'm Not So Sure
Omar Sosa: D'Son
Trio Sud: Renaissance
Miles in India: All Blues


July 2008
Lee Konitz & Grace Kelly: Alone Together
John Ellis: Tattooed Teen Waltzes With Grandma
Gunther Schuller: Concertino for Jazz Quartet & Orchestra
David Murray & Mal Waldron: Soul Eyes
Brian Beninghove: Tape Side Up
Marc Rossi: Hidden Mandala
Adrián Iaies & Michael Zisman: 'Round Midnight
Susie Ibarra: Drum Sketches
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Kids Are Pretty People
Gene Harris: Misty
Antonio Ciacca: Squazin
Jeff Coffin Mu'tet: Bubble Up
Yellowjackets: Double Nickel
Emilio Solla: Conversas
John Beasley: Bedtime Voyage
Wynton Marsalis & Willie Nelson: Stardust
Al Foster: The Chief
Gustavo Assis-Brasil: The Same Day
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Just a Closer Walk
The Stein Brothers: Quixotic
Ahmad Jamal: Back to the Island


June 2008
Too Blue Lou & the Groove: Blue in Green
Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks
Mario Pavone: Hello Again
Reptet: Danger Notes
Franco Ambrosetti:Frasi
Orchestra Baobab: Pape Ndiaye
Sean O'Bryan Smith: Tapestry
Gene Bertoncini: You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Robin Nolan: Once in a While
Sergio Mendes: The Look of Love
Ben Wolfe: No Pat No
Cassandra Wilson: Lover Come Back to Me
Vijay Iyer: Comin' Up
Don Immel: Long Way Home
Yoon Sun Choi: Somebody Come and Play
Gary Morgan & Panamericana!: Moragatu
David Sánchez: Manto Azul
Martial Solal: Here's That Rainy Day
George Schuller: The Survivors' Suite
Brian Blade: Omni
Jamie Baum: Solace
Andreas Öberg: Uptown Downtown


May 2008
Kenny Neal: Louisiana Stew
James Carter: Bro. Dolphy
Marc Copland: Like You
Wolfgang Haffner: Star
Tony Grey: Chasing Shadows
Arturo O'Farrill: Humility
Pat Metheny: At Last You're Here
Hilde Hefte: For Heaven's Sake
Steve Elmer: Sister Joan
Dr. Michael White: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Piers Lawrence: Reza
Dianne Reeves: Just My Imagination
Adrien Moignard: Impressions
Esperanza Spalding: Ponta de Areia
Taylor Eigsti: I Love You
John McLaughlin: Five Peace Band
Ted Kooshian: Top Cat
Norma Winstone: The Mermaid
Thom Rotella: Who Dat?
Bobby Broom: Body and Soul
Marcin Wasilewski: Cinema Paradiso
Nicholas Payton: Chinatown


April 2008
Meddy Gerville: Di Amwin
Marilyn Scott: Every Time We Say Goodbye
The Brubeck Brothers: Good Question
Stanley Jordan: A Place in Space
Brad Mehldau: The Very Thought of You
Drew Gress: True South
Rosey: Who Am I
Rave Tesar: The Vision
Avery Sharpe: Fly with the Wind
Jason Kao Hwang: Cloud Call
Ketil Bjørnstad & Terje Rypdal: The Sea V
Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek: Joy Chant
Tobias Gebb & Trio West: How Deep Is the Ocean?
Kurt Rosenwinkel: Chords
Hendrik Meurkens: Hot and Stuffy
Russ Nolan: Naima
Marcus Miller: Blast!
Tal Wilkenfeld: Serendipity
Miguel Zenón: Camarón
Grand Pianoramax: Tempest
Irvin Mayfield & Ellis Marsalis: Yesterday
Karrin Allyson: Estrada do Sol


March 2008
David Finck: Four Flags
Bobby Watson: Purple Flowers
Dave Samuels (and the Caribbean Jazz Project): Soul Sauce
Lionel Loueke: Skylark
Grupo Janke Randalu: Confidance
Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani: The Third Man
Jack Reilly: All the Things You Are
The Cannonball - Coltrane Project: Fast Trak
Dafnis Prieto: Take the Soul For a Walk
John Brown: Children of the Night
Charles Lloyd: Prometheus
North Mississippi Allstars: I'd Love to Be a Hippy
Marian McPartland: Lonely Woman
Vince Seneri: Prince's Groove
Eric Bibb: New Beale Street Blues
Felipe Salles: Seven Days
Pat Metheny: Is This America?
Hans Glawischnig (with Chick Corea): Oceanography
Géraldine Laurent: I Fall in Love Too Easily
Raya Yarbrough: Early Autumn
Otis Taylor: Absinthe
Cuong Vu: Accelerated Thoughts


February 2008
Ben Allison: Respiration
Diane Schuur: Nice Work If You Can Get It
Human Bell: Ephaphatha
Giacomo Gates: Melodious Funk
Tom Scott: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Maceo Parker: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Clark Terry & Louie Bellson: Terry's Mood
Hendrik Meurkens: Hot and Stuffy
Ryan Blotnick: Thinning Air
David Linx: Black Crow
Marty Sheller: The Route 44 Flyer
Bill Dixon: Entrances / One
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: This Is It
David Rogers: Oboo Ketua Nyom
Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani: Estate
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Modul 45
Pat Metheny: At Last You're Here
David Finck: Ballad for a Future Day
Jane Ira Bloom: Mental Weather
Horace Silver: Señor Blues (live at Newport)


January 2008
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Peace
Eliane Elias: Waltz for Debby
Frank Macchia: Down in the Valley
Marc Copland: River's Run
Josh Nelson & Sara Gazarek: Leaving Here
Ben Allison: Little Things Run the World
Sathima Bea Benjamin: Solitude
Joachim Kühn & Majid Bekkas: Youmala
Robert Glasper: Of Dreams to Come
Fred Hersch: Misterioso
Michael Blake: Ghostlines
Michael Wollny: Initiation
Carla Bley: Ad Infinitum
Ron Carter: My Funny Valentine
Cyrus Chestnut: Don't Be Cruel
Frank Kimbrough: It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago
Maria Schneider: Cerulean Skies
Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau: Ahmid-6
Keith Jarrett: Oleo
Eldar: Place St. Henri
James Moody & Nnenna Freelon: Just Squeeze Me
Bruce Hornsby: Questions and Answers
John Scofield: Shoe Dog

2007
Maria Schneider: The 'Pretty' Road
Abbey Lincoln: Throw It Away
Kurt Elling: A New Body and Soul
Al Di Meola: Milonga del Angel
Herbie Hancock & Corinne Bailey Rae: River
Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau: A Night Away
The Bad Plus: This Guy's In Love With You
Stefano Bollani: Don't Talk
Chick Corea and Béla Fleck: Brazil
Jacky Terrasson: You've Got a Friend
Paul Bley: Mondsee Variations I
Stanley Clarke: The Toys of Men
Michael Brecker: The Mean Time
Dave Brubeck: Thank You
Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones: Court and Spark