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Sound Ideas #52 - Spring Has Sprung
Welcome to an hour of song focused on the transitional season from winter to summer. Set your clocks ahead and sit back and enjoy the thoughts and sounds of Spring as performed by master jazz musicians. 
Artist Track Album
Karrin Allyson Joy Spring Collage
Ben Sidran Up Jumped Spring Bop City
Freddie Hubbard Up Jumped Spring Backlash
Wynton Marsalis Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 5
John Pizzarelli Better Run Before It's Spring New Standards
Bill Evans Trio Spring is Here Portrait in Jazz
Dianne Reeves There Will Be Another Spring Good Night and Good Luck - Soundtrack
Charlie Byrd Some Other Spring Byrd at the Gate
Jane Monheit Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most Come Dream with Me
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Joy Spring Clifford Brown & Max Roach

Spring is a transition from the cold and dark winter to the warm and bright summer. In some places, it is the perfect Goldilocks climate, not too cold, and not too hot. Spring is also a time of reflection and preparation. It is also the time of holiday traditions and looking ahead to hopefully prosperous planting, growing, and ultimately harvesting season. There is so much about Spring worthy of song, and that's what this hour is all about.

We begin with the celebration of the joy of Spring from Karrin; her voice and lyricism delivers the message of hope and renewal. Likewise Ben sings and Freddie plays telling us of the joy found in the heart come Springtime. This is the original version by Freddie of his composition. Wynton closes out the second set with notice that sometimes, even the seasons, are subject to delay, regardless of our particular preference.

Our third set delivers future, present, and past visitations of the season while the fourth set ponders the difficulty that Spring can bring.

We close out with instrumental classic by Clifford Brown, which indeed reminds us that Spring can and should be a joyful season. It's not that the other feelings will never be a part of Spring, but rather Spring is the time of the thaw and change; let's celebrate the new growth as the year unfolds.