Friday, November 23, 2018

Music: Autumn Leaves

The line between classical and jazz music was blurred in the mid-20th century, sort of like the hazy boundary between Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season. If you need a timeout between rounds of leftover turkey and Black Friday doorbusters, may I suggest this somber version of Joseph Kosma's "Autumn Leaves," performed by Dami Im?

Kosma was steeped in the classical tradition (he trained with famous Hungarian composers like Béla Bartók), but he wrote plenty of popular music, too, including "Autumn Leaves." The piece is now a jazz standard, with the most famous versions featuring English language lyrics by Johnny Mercer.


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