8 Jazz Records That Will Brighten Your Day


Getting up and going to work isn’t exactly the ideal morning for the most of us, but is made mandatory by this tyrannical society. While you can’t quit your job for a night shift, you can just make your mornings worth your while with a bit of Jazz in it.

Now, I know that the stereotype of Jazz is either people in 40s or hipsters pretending to be extremely tasteful; but if you haven’t tried Jazz while you make your breakfast or take a shower as you proceed to Carpe that Diem, you’re missing out on a chance to make your morning mellow.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Morning person or not, these records will get you ready for the day that awaits you.

  1. Miles Davis – “Kind of Blue” (1959)

To kick off the list is none other than Miles Dewey Davis III, the iconic 50s and 60s who kept the magic of the Harlem Renaissance alive. The record begins with the mid-tempo “So What” to ease you into the morning. The record never really picks up the pace but is a perfect Sunday morning if you ask me.

  1. Charles Mingus – “Ah Um” (1959)
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Yet another record from 1959, Charles Mingus’s paced up tracks will get you groovy while you flip that omelette. The album clarifies its intentions in the first 7 minutes with the track’s name – “Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul”. The chemistry of the mandolin, the drums and the trumpet will set the rhythm for a perfect working day

  1. Ryo Fukui – “Scenery” (1976)

This masterful album from the Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui is a good mellow start for a summer morning. The piano work supported intricately by the drums on this work of musical wonder is perfect for getting ready to go out and have another great day.

  1. John Coltrane – “My Favourite Things” (1961)


This is the man who is said to be brushing shoulders with Davis. The record has you humming to a cover of “My Favourite Things” from the sound of music. Davis’s suave tone and appealing on beat work with the saxophone is sure to kick off your day to a great start.

  1. Herbie Hancock – “Secrets” (1976)
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Herbert Jeffery “Herbie” Hancock’s composition on “secrets” is a masterful work of genius. The Jazz Fusion – Jazz funk record will bring a touch of the funk and the energy to your good morning. The song is fit for an energy fit and will make sure you at least bob your head or tap your feet to this rhythm.

  1. Duke Ellington – “Blues Orbit” (1960)


While it is arguable that every song that THE Duke Ellington ever touched was golden and seemingly untouchable; this album is his best in his post – New Orleans music. The Mid tempo builds on the Drums and a playful tune from the piano would make your morning magical.

  1. Nina Simone – “I Put A Spell On You” (1965)

The North Carolinian miracle of a voice has to make it to the list. The arid Civil Rights activist will put a spell on you as she claims in the album. The drums, the keys, the trumpets and the Bass with the iconic Nina Simone Vocals will have you feeling good in the morning and will last you till the next. This piece of art is undoubtedly one of the best – performed records of all time.

  1. Chet Baker – “Chet” (1959)
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“Chet” is the sound of an easy going day. The record’s tempo rises and falls throughout, but the rhythm goes on. Chet Baker on trumpet taking the lead will change your perception of a lazy day. A cup of Coffee and Chet Baker on Trumpet is sure to brighten your day.

If you’re a Jazz person (and might not know it yet that you’re a jazz person), this list might work wonders for you!