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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Mar 13, 2019

You may or may not know that I have a background in jazz piano (I wrote and performed the intro and outro music for this show, for example). In this album I introduce you to about ten of my very favorite jazz albums. This is an experimental solo episode, but don’t worry, we’ll be back to interviews next week.



The main list:

Charlie Parker, “Parker’s Mood” (1948) (listen to this original version, not the overdubbed version from Clint Eastwood’s depressing film Bird!)

Best of the Savoy and Dial Master Takes (I mentioned the complete set in the episode but this is more approachable):


Erroll Garner, The Complete Concert by the Sea (1958):

                 “I’ll Remember April”:

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto (1964):


Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin’ at the Half Note (1965):

                 “Unit 7”:

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959):

 “Blue in Green”:

Bill Evans’s liner notes:

Bill Evans, Alone (1968):

                 “Here’s That Rainy Day”:

Miles Davis, Nefertiti (1968):


Herbie Hancock, Speak Like a Child (1968):

                “Speak Like a Child”:

Chick Corea, Friends (1978):

"Waltz for Dave":


Other albums mentioned:

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Bird and Diz (1950):


Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom (1974):

                “Aguas de Março”:

Miles Davis, Miles Smiles (1967):


Herbie Hancock et al., Tribute to Miles (1992):


Chick Corea, Three Quartets (1981):

                “Quartet No. 2, Pt. 2: Tribute to John Coltrane”: