Saturday, September 03, 2011

End of Summertime

As we come to the last "unofficial" weekend of summer, what better way that one of the great renditions of an even greater (immortal) song. Here is Janis Joplin from a concert in Stockholm in April 1969. I saw her at Atlantic City a few months later, two weeks before Woodstock- and this song was the highlight for me. Joplin at her musical best.

As an end-of-summer two-for-one here's Charlie Parker doing his version. So many versions, so little time. (Look for Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, too. A never ending stream of wonders.) Parker brings such a depth of sensual spirit that it's impossible not to be engaged by the music.

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