VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Spring Time Mixtape”

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The winter has been hard. I’m a sun man, myself. Like Sir Noz hates to dance, I hate cold weather, so you know I be looking forward to Spring. Without any further ado here is a “Spring Time Mixtape”—fifteen songs about Spring.

A lot of these are classics, a couple are classic performances of classics but there are also a few you’ve probably not heard before, especially our lead-off feature by Hugh Masekela.

Hugh’s song is one of my favorites. I think he has painted an excellent musical portrait that is upful, joyful and full of good humor but at the same time does not ignore that spring doesn’t last forever. In addition to Hugh, I deeply enjoy some of the vocal renditions of standards—take particular note to Lorez Alexandria, Betty Carter, Freddy Cole and Abbey Lincoln. All four of them are stylists of the highest order.


—Kalamu ya Salaam

Spring Time Mixtape Playlist

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01 “Spring” - Revival - Hugh Masekela

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02 “Spring” - Kicking Cans - Dori Caymmi

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03 “Some Other Spring” - The Grand Encounter - Dianne Reeves

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04 “It Might As Well Be Spring” - No Cover No Minimum - Billy Eckstine

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05 “It Might as Well Be Spring” - Verve Jazz Masters 44 - Clifford Brown & Max Roach

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06 “It Might As Well Be Spring” - More Of The Great Lorez Alexandria

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07 “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” - Standards - Mimi Fox

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08 “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” - Inside Betty Carter

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09 “You Must Believe In Spring” - Always - Freddy Cole

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10 “Spring Is Here” - But Beautiful - Joe Locke, Kenny Barron

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11 “Spring Is Here” - Very Early - Sandra Booker

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12 “Joy Spring” - Love For Sale - Vahag Petian & Clarence Johnson III

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13 “Joy Spring” - High Standards - Jackie And Roy

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14 “Up Jumped Spring” - Born To Be Blue - Freddie Hubbard

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15 “Up Jumped Spring” - You Gotta Pay The Band - Abbey Lincoln

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