All The Things You Are: Scott Hamilton

Monday morning, you wake up with that tune drifting in your head.

Scott Hamilton’s tenor sax about as smooth as they come.

Scott Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Brian Lemon – piano
Dave Green – bass
Allan Ganley – drums

Thanks to YouTuber yoichiro tani

The Nearness Of You: Larry McKenna

New to me, but wow, what a saxophonist!

Larry McKenna – tenor saxophone
Tony Miceli – vibraphone
Matthew Parrish – bass
Dan Monaghan – drums

Its not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
Its just the nearness of you

It isn't your sweet conversation
That brings this sensation, oh no
Its just the nearness of you

When you're in my arms and I feel you so close to me
All my wildest dreams come true

I need no soft lights to enchant me
If you'll only grant me the right
To hold you ever so tight
And to feel in the night the nearness of you.

Thanks to YouTuber Melissa Gilstrap

St. Thomas: Sonny Rollins


Monday morning, as winter starts to creep up, “St. Thomas” with Sonny Rollins as the place to be is okay with me .

Tenor Sax : Sonny Rollins

Piano : Kenny Drew

Bass : Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen

Drums : Albert “Tootie” Heath

Thanks to YouTuber BluesBeBopper2000

Hard Work


The alarm clock rings Monday, and you’re ready to tote that barge, lift that bale.  John Handy’s 1976 surprise hit jazz recording in its original longer album version.

  • John Handy – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, vocals
  • Hotep Cecil Barnard – keyboards
  • Mike Hoffmann – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey – electric bass
  • James Gadson – drums
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – congas, percussion

Thanks to YouTuber Marc Leroy

Geniuses At Work: My Favorite Things

True, it’s 17 minutes long, but think of it this way: it’ll probably be the best consecutive 17 minutes you’ll have this Monday. Or this week. Or maybe, even, this year. And that’s not a put down of your year.

John Coltrane–soprano saxophone

McCoy Tyner–piano

Jimmy Garrison-Bass

Roy Haynes–Drums