Storms and Hurricanes

New College will be closed on Monday due to Isaac’s approach. In honor of the impending weather, I have decided to post a few of my favorite jazz recordings about storms, rain, and hurricanes.

Lena Horne, “Stormy Weather” (1943)

This song was Lena Horne’s signature song for decades.

Elis Regina & Tom Jobim, “Águas de Março [Waters of March]” (1974)

Someone in mini-classes asked if we are covering any bossa nova song. Yes, we are indeed, although they will only be covered for one day. Thus, I take advantage of blog posts to expose you to more.

Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim recorded this song in Los Angeles. It continues to be one of the more celebrated of his ouvre, a full 15 years after the bossa nova trend began.

Herbie Hancock / VSOP “Eye of the Hurricane” (1986)

This song was originally on Hancock’s Maiden Voyage (1965), a post-bop album we’ll discuss in the second half of the class.

What are your favorite weather-related jazz songs?

 

ETA:

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, “Hurricane Camile” (1990)

I searched high and low for this recording on YouTube, Grooveshark, and SoundCloud. It turns out that Béla Fleck’s tune is more popular on YouTube as an arrangement for H.S. drum-lines.

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