Improve the Verb: The Dukes of Jazz

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These titans of the tradition bravely contort the word, and lexicon to create a calisthenic moment that wiles the senses. Their cunning way with words unlock a withholding only available through a masterful pillage of lyric content. 

 

Kurt Elling, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, and Mel Torme - all stewards that reside in a rhythmic reserve not traversed by the grammatically safe vocalist. 

 

Feast on their genius that whirl, spin, fold, to leverage verse into a melodic, creative moment. Because of their effort, we pleasure, and appreciate more, the American Classic Songbook embedded in popular song today.    

Episode Playlist

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