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Jazz For Barack Obama

This arrangement is presented with no political appeal as I feel we should form our own politics from personal experience. My own research of the presidential candidates has developed into an admiration for Barack Obama. I admire his biography, authorship, intellect, charisma, and his ability to reason; he is outstanding and inspirational. The selection of music assembled here shall contour my enthusiasm with song. I present this compilation for enjoyment only as a study of music. I use some Soul, some Jazz, and some Blues to personify Obama's journey.

The compilations I post are a labor of love for me and your comments are welcomed. Email if you want a free copy for yourself. The first ten requests will receive a "Jazz For Barack Obama" button. I make no money from this effort so be sure to send a postcard with your regards.

Jazz For Barack Obama Media Kit:

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01. Duke Ellington - Black Brown & Beige Part V (Come Sunday)
02. Angie Stone & Cassandra Wilson - Strange Fruit
03. Anga & Christian Scott & James Earl Jones - Rewind That (The Meaning Of Africa)
04. Nnenna Freelon - Left Alone
05. Nina Simone / Blues For Mama
06. Dee Dee Bridgewater - Ne me quitte pas
07. Karrin Allyson - A Long Way to Go (Equinox)
08. Jack McDuff - A Change Is Gonna Come
09. Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child
10. Sheila Jordan - Dat Dere
11. Blossom Dearie - Manhattan
12. Joe Williams - Going To Chicago Blues
13. Donald Byrd - Where Are We Going
14. Gill Scott-Heron - Inner City Blues
15. Aretha Franklin - It Ain't Necessarily So
16. Art Blakey/Charles Earland - More Today Than Yesterday
17. Donny Hathaway - I Believe In Music
Total Time 75:49:48

Liner Notes:

"Come Sunday" by Duke Ellington introduces the compilation with the spirit of "Summertime" in Porgy and Bess. The "Black, Brown, and Beige" album is a long time favorite of mine; it's classical in approach with a jazz chagrin unfolding what's to come.

Angie Stone leads us into "Strange Fruit" with a mournful tune for freedom. The introduction challenges the nature of liberty as Cassandra Wilson chases down the Billie Holiday tune with a mellow blue sound. The lyrics shadow today's reality and risk of civil rights, liberty and equality for all Americans.

"The Meaning of Africa" offers a reflection into Africana. The sense of culture, identity, and fairy tale that African Americans have derived from its roots are punctuated with the words of Abioseh Nicol's poem as edited by Langston Hughes and read by James Earl Jones. Christian Scott a young jazz musician with a contemporary sound provides the musical baseline. The track is entitled, "Rewind That," as I am sure you will. If you don't understand the intent for this track that's okay, just listen.

Nnenna Freelon reminds us with "Left Alone" how the anxiety of loneliness weights on the hopeless. I am using this track to identify with the African American male's feeling of fatherly abandonment.

"Nina Simone Sings the Blues" contains some powerful blues tunes. "Blues For Mama" is one such track this jazz legend exemplifies. It conversational approach gossips about a roaming lover but does not leave the female to blame.

Dee Dee Bridgewater sings with a well-traveled flare "Ne me quitte pas". The percussions adequately substitute for Indonesian rhythms. The history of this track has presented both reconciliation of a love lost and the cowardly abandonment of a love discarded. I am pulling to an identifier for Barack's international appeal while also keeping the love torn theme of his parent's emotional unrest.

Karrin Allyson burns through the jazz classic Equinox with a very mature sound. Its forward movement offers an affirming chance to regroup and move on. Barack's grandparents passed on this mature nature with integrity, having raised him after his mother passed.

Jack McDuff plays the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" with the tears of understanding. I selected this track for its soul play without vocals it captures the emotion of courage and strength.

"God Bless The Child" represented by the master of jazz blues Billie Holiday is positioned as a prayer to challenge life's joys, upsets and failures.

"Dat Dere" reminds us of the hope we had in childhood when we were naive and unbiased by current events, stereotypes, prejudices, and politics. The presidential race poses the question "Why Not?" I like the Elephant reference as it hints; lets dismantle the bigotry wisdom and model contemporary wisdom.

After childhood Barack found lived New York. "Manhattan" sung by Blossom Dearie transitions into Obama's later years.

With knowledge that he did not stay in New York, I wanted to move our position to Chicago where Barack settles and identifies with the city of black soul music. I find it amazing how he identifies with the African American culture without an overpowering spirit of oppression.

"Where Are We Going" by Donald Byrd sets the stage for some life experiences, this is our transition from contemplative to a soulful energy. We will experience political interpretation with "Inner City Blues", ponder the words of Jeremiah Wright and "It Ain't Necessary So" gospel, and celebrate abundance with "More Today Than Yesterday". In closing, we will "Believe In Music" again with a soul artist from Chicago while casting a vote for change.


WOH said...

Black man! I'm listening to this NOW: wow; its incredible....

Interesting selections though.

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