Aside from going to a few gigs with friends in Edinburgh, I've never really got into Jazz. That said, what I've heard and experienced I have, on the whole enjoyed.
That's not, I hasten to point out, due to it's perceived lack of coolness, although to many Jazz has a bit of an image problem - think Tweed jackets with elbow patches and a nice pair of Hush Puppies (or Ken Clarke, if you must). And, of course, there's Mark Thompson's Jazz Club Host from The Fast Show:
Anyway, the genesis of this post came about whilst listening to my Desert Island Discs podcast. This week's castaway, Len Goodman, chose Dave Brubeck with Take Five. It is a quintessential Jazz track that I'd heard many times - but never knew who it was or what it was called. Here it is:
Enjoy... and feel free to suggest other Jazz standard to me - Spotify links welcome!