Voices at Large

Beat The Heat

20 JUN 08 DAVID VIENNA

Today is the first day of summer, so I asked some Concord Music Group staffers for their suggestions for seasonal listening on the hot days ahead. From music for a backyard barbecue to the score to a summer blockbuster, here is a collection of summer suggestions.

Jeffrey Spector, Concord's Product Manager and frequent contributor to this site, thought Dave Brubeck's Concord On A Summer Night evoked that relaxed, gentle mood of the season. Plus, the live tracks could help you pretend you're at some great outdoor show like the Monterey Jazz Festival. For another mellow spin, Director of Advertising Dino Balzano said, if you're looking for that "June in Miami" feel, put on The Rippingtons' Life in the Tropics.

Marketing Manager Erika Duffee thought about childhood summers spent listening to AM radio and suggested Jean Knight's Mr. Big Stuff, the title track of which is also available on the Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration. In fact, that whole two-disc set is great for a summer barbecue. I know. I've tested it.

Nick Phillips, who serves as VP of Jazz and Catalog A&R and also contributes posts to this site, thought Brazilian music evokes the feelings of summer. So among his list of great albums, he suggested Encanto by Sergio Mendes and Imagina: Songs of Brasil by Karrin Allyson.

And what would summer be without big-budget, popcorn movies? Spector floated the idea of putting John Williams' score for Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on rotation... I wonder what that barbecue would be like.

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