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[Editor's Note: Working Out to Jazz is a new All About Jazz column, devoted to providing jazz playlists for the purpose of working out. For his third installment, Chris Lawhorn's emphasis is on largely up-tempo tracks from a handful of recent releases. Check in with Working Out to Jazz regularly, for new workout music suggestions, as Chris breaks it out for you by Beats Per Minute (BPM).]
For the coming month, I've tried to find the best, up-tempo songs on a handful of recent releasesto keep you on track in your workouts.
To that end, the Clayton Brothers have a new dance-inspired disc en route, but it's not yet turned up on iTunes. So, I'm going back to one of John and Jeff's earlier cuts in the meantime.
The opening cut on Houston Person's new album shows off the subtle, but propulsive drumming of Willie Jones III.
And Lizz Wright adds some vocals into the mix with a driving lament, from an album that rounds out her jazz background with a foray into gospel.
The Clayton Brothers"Gina's Groove "167 BPM
Avishai Cohen"Ezion Gever"130 BPM
Houston Person"Bleeker Street"172 BPM
Bobby Watson and the UMKC Concert Jazz Orchestra"The President's Tray (For Obama)"114 BPM
Lizz Wright"(Just Got To Use My) Imagination"110 BPM
To hear more of Chris Lawhorn's current picks and vote on upcoming tracks, visit his Workout Music site.
I love jazz because it's so different than pop and has an emotional pull that other music does not have.
I was first exposed to jazz when I saw Dave Brubeck in 1974.
The first jazz record I bought was Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.