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The original mood of innocent playfulness remains even after it was transformed into a love song. Or at least it does when “Blue Moon” is played at a stately tempo.
By the time we get to the postwar years, “Blue Moon” has turned into a vehicle, popular with Jazz players due to its adaptability rather than for the power of its original inspiring vision [... to match the mood of ‘an innocent young girl saying - or rather singing - her prayers.’]
- Ted Gioia, The Jazz Standards
Does it get any more beautiful than this?
Freddie Hubbard performing Blue Moon with drummer Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers at the Renaissance Club in Los Angeles, California in the Spring of 1962.
Freddie’s rendition of this Rodgers and Hart standard from the Great American Songbook is so beautiful and heartfelt, that you might want to play the video again and just “listen” to it.
Is it any wonder the Angel Gabriel opted for the trumpet?