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Gettin’ Moody With Devin: Feeling Benevolent (AKA The Car-Radio Compromise)

 Kelsey Bennett / PRNewsFoto / RPM Records / Columbia Records

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at their recording session of "Lady Is A Tramp" to be included on Bennett's forthcoming DUETS II CD, photographed by Tony Bennett's granddaughter, Kelsey Bennett.

Kelsey Bennett / PRNewsFoto / RPM Records / Columbia Records

Everyday, right? You want to listen to jazz in the car and your navigator/friend/person-you-got-roped-into-toting-somewhere doesn’t. He/she doesn’t like jazz and refuses to open his mind. If you’re feeling benevolent and willing to compromise, here are some tunes that might ease the transit tension.

 

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, “The Lady is a Tramp,” Duets II: Bennett and Gaga’s latest collaboration Cheek To Cheek is out now, but here’s where it all started in 2011.

 

Lucy Woodward, “Sans Souci,” Hooked!: Do you remember this song? I loved Woodward’s album While You Can and love this one just as much, but for a different reason. Woodward has sufficient sultriness and sass to do justice to this Peggy Lee tune.

 
 

Molly Ringwald, “Don’t You Forget About Me,” Except Sometimes: Molly describes herself on her twitter account (@mollyringwald) as an “actress, writer, singer, mother, your former teen-age crush.” Somehow, she combines elements of 3/5 on this recording. 

 
 

Tom Luer, “Clocks,” Project Popular: Turns out, if you replace Chris Martin’s ethereal voice with Tom Luer’s contemplative saxophone playing, it works pretty well.

 
 

Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox, "All About That [Upright] Bass:" Have you heard the earworm that is Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass?” Here’s a brilliant and jazzy version done by someone who is also all about that bass. 

You can find more retro takes on top forty favorites at the Post Modern Jukebox youtube channel.

 

What's your favorite intro-to-jazz tune? Let us know in the comments below.