The Jazz Lockdown Mix

To celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month (and to offer some music since we're all stuck at home), Leonel Manzanares de la Rosa has provided us with a mix featuring Charlie Parker, John Coltrane,...
By    April 9, 2020


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Leonel Manzanares de la Rosa is currently learning the Parasite score on tenor sax.

We’re living in extraordinary and unfortunate times; we’re in the middle of a global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, a disease that has caught the planet’s social and economic structures unprepared and in denial, as it’s currently proving these systems obsolete and unsustainable. Our political leaders have failed to take actions to reduce the impact of the virus, or even slow its momentum, and more and more people are dying.

It’s up to us, the citizens of every nation, to follow the medical and scientific recommendations, do the responsible thing and practice social distancing. We still don’t know how long it will take for us to beat COVID-19, or to make the situation more manageable, but we will. Mankind has defeated worse pandemics, from the Black Death and subsequent bubonic outbreaks, to the 20th Century’s Spanish flu, and now we have the advantage of worldwide technology and communications to combat it together. We just need to act correctly and, for now, stay home.

But even in the middle of a quarantine, we can still have a great time and enjoy the great things humanity has to offer, especially all the great music we have created. And April is International Jazz Month, a perfect month to commemorate perhaps the most crucial artistic creation in American History, the first true modern American art form. From the beginnings of recorded music, jazz has been an essential part of our cultural production, and generations of brilliant musician have shaped the genre, taking it all over the world, crossing borders and expanding minds. 

For this month’s mix, I decided to focus on the jazz music of the 1950s; arguably the most important in the genre’s History. This decade witnessed a paradigm shift, in which the traditional forms of jazz were being transformed and taken to wild new directions, new sub-styles and compositional schools of thought were built from the ground up, and the new possibilities of recording technology helped usher in the creative revolutions that would become omnipresent in the next decades, from the avant-garde wave to the golden age of Fusion. The mix has everything, from Bird and Diz’ bebop masterpieces to Miles, Coltrane, Coleman and their innovations.

Enjoy the music, and please, stay safe and healthy. 


    1. Charlie Parker – Love For Sale
    2. Sonny Stitt – Strike Up The  Band 
    3. Sonny Criss – How High The Moon
    4. Oscar Peterson – Night And Day 
    5. Dizzy Gillespie – Alone Together
    6. Milt Jackson & The Thelonius Monk Quintet – Summertime 
    7. Clifford Brown – All Weird (Take 1)
    8. Wynton Kelly – Summertime
    9. Bud Powell – Un Poco Loco
    10. Wardell Gray & Dexter Gordon – Homecoming 
    11. Jay Jay Johnson – Get Happy
    12. Kenny Drew Trio – Bluesville 
    13. Mary Lou Williams – O.W
    14. Duke Ellington – Perdido 
    15. Machito & His Afro-Cubans – Maní Picao 
    16. James Moody – Mambo With Moody 
    17. Modern Jazz Quartet – Milano
    18. Frank Foster & George Wallington – How I Spent The Night 
    19. Art Tatum – Blues In B Flat
    20. Donald Byrd – Star Eyes 
    21. Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers – To Whom It May Concern 
    22. Dexter Gordon Quartet – Confirmation 
    23. Sonny Rollins – St. Thomas 
    24. Thad Jones – April In Paris 
    25. Hampton Hawes – Takin’ Care 
    26. Cecil Taylor Quartet – Bemsha Swing 
    27. Sahib Shihab – Rockaway 
    28. Coleman Hawkins – Chant 
    29. Hank Mobley Quintet – Funk In Deep Freeze 
    30. Johnny Griffin – The Congregation 
    31. Max Roach + 4 – Body And Soul 
    32. Art Taylor – Exhibit A 
    33. Thelonius Monk – Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are 
    34. Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington – I’ve Got Nothing But The Blues 
    35. Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette – Theme From ‘Theme From’
    36. Yusef Lateef – Blues In Space
    37. Ahmed Abdul-Malik – Farah Alaiyna (Joy Upon Us) 
    38. The Chico Hamilton Quintet – Gongs East 
    39. Blue Mitchell – Big Six 
    40. Steve Lacy – Four In One 
    41. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ 
    42. Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else 
    43. Mal Waldron Trio – With A Song In My Heart
    44. Art Farmer – ‘And Now…’ 
    45. John Coltrane – Slowtrane 
    46. Paul Chambers – Visitation 
    47. Charles Mingus – Fables Of Faubus
    48. Wynton Kelly Sextet – Keep It Moving 
    49. Sun Ra – Ancient Aiethopia 
    50. Ornette Coleman – Peace 
    51. Miles Davis – All Blues 
    52. Abbey Lincoln – Come Sunday 
    53. Ben Webster – Budd Johnson 
    54. Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk 
    55. Jimmy Smith – Lover Man 
    56. Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue
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