What’s better than sitting back with a dram of your favourite Scotch? Sitting down to your evening drink with some smooth jazz playing.
Here’s a selection of a few of my jazz favourites that mix well with Scotch whisky.
Like Scotch, these jazz songs are smooth.
Like Scotch, these jazz vocals are sometimes smoky, but always pure liquid gold.
And like Scotch, these tunes are taken to the next level in the company of strong, beautiful women.
To kick off the list, here’s the Matriarch of R&B, Etta James, performing the classic - “Georgia On My Mind”.
A (relatively) young songstress on this list, Melody Gardot is mostly unknown, even though she has a Grammy nomination under her belt.
Asha Puthli is an Indian-born singer who rose to fame with her sultry vocal performance on Ornette Coleman’s 1971 album “Science Fiction”.
Here’s Amy Winehouse, covering a jazz standard from the Gershwin songbook, “Someone To Watch Over Me”. Her expressive vocals make this one magical cover.
Stacey Kent, another not-so-well-known musician, with voice that’s supremely sublime! Here she is with “One for my Baby (And One More For The Road)”.
Nina Simone singing “Feeling Good”, perfectly defines the way Scotch blends with jazz. Feeling good, indeed!
Esperanza Spalding, one of the most talented young jazz musicians on the scene today. Her magic is not just in her voice, with effortless improvisations and flawless runs. She also plays a mean upright bass, not to mention the electric bass, the violin and the cello too! Here’s "Jazz Ain't Nothin But Soul".
In case you still didn’t catch it, the theme for this playlist was my favourite female jazz artists. Savouring smooth Scotch alongside smoky jazz with dazzling female vocals - my favourite way to relax after a long day!
Article By: Viren Fernandes
Viren writes for food, beer and his own amusement. His interests include reading, travelling and envisioning himself as the director (and the audience) of a comedy based on everything he sees.
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