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Swing into Spring with Blossom Dearie and More

Springtime brings warming temperatures, a spirit of renewal, and a bunch of jazz tunes with the season in mind. Listen to these songs as you gaze out your window at the last bit of snow, walk around a park, or leaf through a gardening catalog.

Swing into Spring with Blossom Dearie and More

Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet

"Joy Spring"

From 'Verve Jazz Masters 44'

If spring has not yet sprung in your geographical area, point your speakers to the skies and play "Joy Spring" by Clifford Brown and Max Roach. The weather should respond favorably. Joy is contagious.

Blossom Dearie

"They Say It's Spring"

From 'Diva Series'

A springtime music set would not be complete without including a singer whose first name also happens to be a true sign of spring's arrival. Blossom Dearie's light, airy voice accompanies her equally light touch on the piano.

Miles Davis


From 'Miles Ahead'

When you hear the first notes of Miles Davis' bright flugelhorn, you will be immediately launched into a happy springtime swing. Springsville was the first collaboration between Davis and Gil Evans.

James Moody

"It Might as Well Be Spring"

From 'Moody's Mood for Blues'

James Moody's "It Might as Well Be Spring" is for those who have spring fever, but still haven't seen any signs of the season. Your spirit will be soothed until the first crocus pops up.

Abbey Lincoln & Stan Getz

"Up Jumped Spring"

From 'You Gotta Pay the Band'

Is it spring or is it love that has put Abbey Lincoln in such a good mood? Maybe both. "Up Jumped Spring" will put you in a fine mood, too.

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Shaunna Morrison Machosky