A fine-sounding palette: cerulean, and aqua, and turquoise…

Dizzy Gillespie once said, “I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.” Smooth sounds, soothing sounds, upbeat and unfamiliar sounds… these are the building blocks of jazz. The genre can feel more like storytelling, leading a listener to the climax only to lower them back down, sometimes gently and sometimes with a sharp cliffhanger. With its emphasis on unexpected turns and room for innovation, jazz seems to fit the current mood especially well. Here we’ve compiled a playlist of jazz classics—by everyone from Miles Davis to Nina Simone—for some easy like Sunday morning (or whatever morning it is) listening.

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