I love animals and jazz. It was really only a matter of time before this happened.
Herbie Mann, “Chicken Little,” Herbie Mann Plays Herbie Mann
This couldn’t sound more like a chicken if he tried.
Spike Wilner, “You’ve Got to Be Modernistic”
Spike manages Smalls Jazz Club. He loves cats (that’s him in the photo). Smalls has a “resident jazz cat” named Minnow (also pictured). Boom. Video.
Scott Hamilton, “The Squirrel,” Live in London
I’ve heard squirrels described as “rats with long furry tails and good PR.” That might be true, but they inspire some pretty swingin’ jazz songs.
Lee Morgan, “Sidewinder,” The Sidewinder
OK, this tune isn’t about a snake. Lee Morgan said so in the liner notes. But I wanted to make sure to get in some reptilian representation. It’s only fair.
Joe Locke & David Hazeltine, “The Peacocks,” Mutual Admiration Society 2
This ballad has the same majesty as the birds it’s named after (and doesn’t have the raucous squawks).