Tunes on Tuesday – All The Things You Are

Why this tune?

Today’s tune was inspired by the new album from Aimee Nolte, a pianist, singer and songwriter from California. She sings a lovely version of All The Things You Are, which as a jazz player I’m most familiar with from jam sessions, where it’s a very popular choice. It’s a pleasure to hear her creative take on a familiar tune.

Dig this detail!

Of course, there’s a huge range of interpretations of this tune, in the over 770 recordings since it was written in 1939. At sessions, though, you’re most likely to hear some variation on Dizzy Gillespie’s arrangement, starting with his intro. You’re also less likely to hear vocal versions, which is a shame as Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics are superb, Here’s how the song starts:

You are the promised kiss of springtime

That makes the lonely winter seem long

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Check it out!

Aimee Nolte’s recording on Spotify

Dizzy Gillespie’s version

…and Michael Jackson!

Published by Oren Levine

Jazz pianist and composer in Washington, DC. Also a digital product and technology professional working at a small DC nonprofit

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