"Love for Sale" by Cole Porter - Cyrille Aimée, Roy Hargrove, Joel Frahm

There are very few videos of contemporary jazz musicians with hundreds of thousands of views. This week's video is an exception. I seldom find a video that captures the energy and excitement of all the musicians like we see here. This performance was filmed live at Smalls, a popular jazz club in New York City, that features the world's greatest jazz musicians. Even if you don't live in NYC, you can enjoy their club's shows via livestream from their website.

At one point or another, you may have heard a tune called a "jazz standard." Jazz standards are a set of 100+ tunes composed by jazz players, and songs (often borrowed from musicals) that have become part of the common jazz repertoire. Some jazz musicians that composed standards include Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. These same musicians performed show tunes by composers including George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Cole Porter. Gershwin's songs are some of the most often heard. "Love for Sale" is one of the most popular standards composed by Cole Porter. As you listen to different musicians perform standards, see how their rhythmic style and melodic interpretation varies.

This week I am sharing a performance of this tune featuring singer Cyrille Aimée, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and saxophonist Joel Frahm. The video includes Spike Wilner at the piano, Philip Kuehn on bass, and Joey Saylor on drums. The group begins the tune with a second line drum groove associated with New Orleans that has a gospel tinge, then shifts into swing for the bridge. The listener hears this shift most clearly in the drums and bass during Cyrille Aimée's solo. The technique she uses to solo, using short syllables, is called scat. When Roy Hargrove begins his solo, he plays with a more bluesy sound, then shifts to the bop style during the bridge. Joel Frahm takes the longest solo and provides the most variety in his use of rhythm and line. Initially, he plays in a R&B style before incorporating more angular ideas with large leaps. Even though he switches between lyrical, technical, and chromatic ideas, he uses repetition and sequence to add cohesion. Enjoy!