|This section suggests definitive or otherwise significant recordings that will help jazz students get acquainted with
“Night and Day.” These recordings have been selected from the Jazz History and
CD Recommendations sections.
The tune “Night and Day” is very much associated with Frank Sinatra
, so exploring his versions of the song will invariably help anybody’s understanding of it. Some of these recordings have limited jazz relevance, though his 1957 big band version (A Swingin’ Affair!
) is quite swinging and has inspired generations of modern interpreters of the tune. Among instrumentalists, the convention in many circles has developed into arranging the melody statements (and sometimes the whole tune) so that the first half of each A-section (and sometimes the bridge as well) is played with a Latin feel, before “releasing” into a swing feeling. Bill Evans
helped to popularize this approach with his trio version from 1958 (Everybody Digs Bill Evans
), and he revisited it several times, notably on his cutting-edge 1964 collaboration with Stan Getz
(Stan Getz and Bill Evans
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