Blue Giant Chapter list and corresponding Jazz songs
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Chapter TitleSong TitleArtistFirst Jazz VersionNotesYoutube Link
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Below is a list of Blue Giant manga chapters, and the Jazz songs that the chapter titles are referencing. Some are jazz standards, some are not. Either way, Hope you enjoy!
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Vol 01 c001The Challengen/a
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Vol 01 c002Perseverance Slope『がまん坂』n/a
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Vol 01 c003Blue Sunset"Blue Sunset" bySonny Criss1969Featured on his 1969 album "I'll Catch the Sun!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBCaAL0CFxM
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Vol 01 c004Like Father, Like Son"Like Father Like Son" byBenny Likumahuwa2012Based on what I could find on Discogs, the only jazz song with this title was composed by a modern day Indonesian jazz artist named Benny Likumahuwa, and it was first released in 2012 on the album of the same name.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GPP4VwjRuQ
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Vol 01 c005Sayonara, Good Bye『さよならGOOD BYE』"Sayonara (Let's Say Goodbye)" byMiyoshi Umeki1953Featured in the 1953 Japanese film "Seishun Jazz Musume"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSqI0xZggU4
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"Sayonara" byNat King Cole1957Introduced in the 1957 film "Sayonara", the first Jazz version was Recorded by Nat King Cole that same year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf8M7UbGJyc
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Vol 01 c006Giant Steps"Giant Steps" byJohn Coltrane1960Appearing on the 1960 album of the same name.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30FTr6G53VU
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Vol 01 c007How High the Moon"How High the Moon" byElla Fitzgerald1947Originally featured in the 1940 Broadway play "Two for the Show", a jazz version was later recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1947, and it went on to become a jazz standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djZCe7ou3kY
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Vol 01 c008Slow Hot Wind"Slow Hot Wind" byHenry Mancini1961Also known as "Lujon", it first appeared on Henry Mancini's 1961 soundtrack album for the TV show "Mr. Lucky", called "Mr. Lucky Goes Latin". This version was a Jazzy Bossa Nova tune. Another more funk-oriented version was recorded by Mancini on his 1975 album "Symphonic Soul".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iRKetH_mdk
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Vol 02 c009Summer Festival『夏祭り』n/aThe only results I could find for this title as a jazz song is a cover of the year 2000 J-pop song by Whiteberry (which itself was a cover of a 1990 song by Jitterin' Jinn). It's a jazzy piano cover, arranged and performed by Yuudai Takasaki, but never released on an album. The YouTube video I've posted would have also been posted after this chapter was already released, so I don't think it was an influence on the chapter title, but just a coincidence.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHO0NxrApMY
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Vol 02 c010Ocean of Diamondsn/aThe only song I could find called "Ocean of Diamonds" was an old country song by Jimmy Martin. There doesn't appear to be any jazz versions, as far as I know.
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Vol 02 c011Every Time We Say Goodbye"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" byNan Wynn1944Introduced as a jazz song in the 1944 Musical Revue, "Seven Lively Arts". Featuring lyrics and music written by Cole Porter. The first version was performed by Nan Wynn, and the song went on to become a well-known jazz standard. The original performance seems to have been lost to time, but I've included a link to another version recorded the year after, with vocals by Peggy Mann.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzCwBkayD0s
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Cole Porter
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Vol 02 c012Round About Midnight" 'Round Midnight" byThelonius Monk1944Holding the record for the most recorded jazz standard, the first version was performed in 1944 by Thelonius Monk's quintet. It was later recorded in 1947, and released on Monk's 1951 album "Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1". Another one of the most popular versions is Miles Davis' "Round About Midnight", which changes the title, but keeps Monk's composition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zre0u5XyNfY
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Vol 02 c013Confirmation"Confirmation" byCharlie Parker1946Known as one of the more complex jazz standards, with lots of rapid chord changes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXK0pZx92MU
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Vol 02 c014Alone Together"Alone Together" byArtie Shaw1939Introduced in the 1932 broadway musical "Flying Colors", it was eventually recorded as a jazz song by Artie Shaw in 1939 and went on to become a jazz standard, performed by many different artists including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, and many others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zOILAKrG3o
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Vol 02 c015I Know"I Know That You Know" byJimmie Noone1928Originally composed in 1926 for the Broadway musical ‘Oh, Please!’ by Vincent Youmans, with lyrics by Anne Caldwell, it was first recorded as a Jazz song by clarinetist Jimmie Noone in 1928 and quickly became a standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lGRNmIseCs
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Vol 02 c016Strong Man"Strong Man" byAbbey Lincoln1957A song by jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, recorded in 1957 for her album “That’s Him”. She’s got some smooth & sultry dark tones to her voice which are really pleasant to listen to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VufVhK0Ik98
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Vol 03 c017Think of One"Think of One" byThelonious Monk1952
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnC24Q8mAiY
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Vol 03 c018Are You Ready?"Are You Ready?" bySonny Rollins1975
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPEtMtY_jXc
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Vol 03 c019Count Down"Countdown" byJohn Coltrane1960A jazz standard which first appeared on John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" album in 1960. This composition demonstrates Coltrane’s harmonic innovation which has been dubbed “Coltrane Changes”. Countdown is based off of the chord progression of “Tune Up”, although it may seem like an entirely different tune all together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ7QTRzV9RM
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Vol 03 c020Evolutionn/a
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Vol 03 c021Gone Gone Gone"Gone Gone Gone" byMiles Davis1958Off of the 1959 album "Porgy and Bess". Composed by George Gershwin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZW5n4HL8Xs
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Vol 03 c022High Step"High Step" byPaul Chambers1956Refers to the song by Paul Chambers and John Coltrane, off the album of the same name. All of the tracks on the album were recorded in 1956, with many of them being on Paul Chambers' other albums "Chambers' Music" and "Whims of Chambers". However, a few of them were unreleased until this album, which came out in 1975 (one of these being the song, "High Step").https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7xU5Ns_nJM
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John Coltrane
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Vol 03 c02311:49 PMn/aNot sure if there's a jazz song with this exact title or not. It's possible it could just be referring back to "round midnight" again.
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Vol 03 c024More Than You Know"More Than You Know" byBenny Carter1939Introduced in the Broadway musical, "Great Day", this composition by Vincent Youmans with lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu became a hit and was covered by many artists over the years, despite the fact that the musical only lasted for 29 performances. The first jazz version was recorded by Benny Carter in 1939, and the song has since become a jazz standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnLWGku8CuM
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Vol 04 c025Cherokee"Cherokee (Indian Love Song)" byRay Noble1938Introduced by Ray Noble in 1938, the song became a jazz standard, being covered by many other artists in the future.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpXw6rytCZw
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Vol 04 c026Don't Explain"Don't Explain" byBillie Holiday1944Written by Jazz singer Billie Holiday, this song was first recorded in 1944, and released as a single in 1946.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_YFkoJW_CQ
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Vol 04 c027One Tearn/a
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Vol 04 c028Move"Move" byDenzil Best1950Composed by Denzil Best, this track is probably most well known as being the opening track on "Birth of the Cool", which was recorded in 1949-1950 by Miles Davis and many other notible artists of the era, it was later released in 1957.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WjU4eXYWg4
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Vol 04 c029Act Natural"Act Natural" byDon Grolnik1985Being released in the 80s, the sound of this jazz tune strays a bit from the hard bop of the 50s. However, it's smooth synth backing gives it a unique sound, and Michael Brecker's sax solo makes it a perfect fit for Blue Giant.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XwW5LJdGvg
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Vol 04 c030Riverwide"Riverwide" byJoshua Redman2005Off of his 2005 album, "Momentum", this track by Joshua Redman is a jazz cover of a Sheryl Crow song. Because of that, it's certainly got a more modern sound to it, but it's also got some smooth saxaphone tones going for it. Have a listen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JttEhVjyQYQ
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Vol 04 c031Money"M-o-n-e-y" byThos Shipley2012Composed and written by Phillip Namanworth, this track is somewhat newer, so it may or may not be the song the chapter title is based on... but either way, it's a pretty good track. Some fun lyrics in it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORI__X152FI
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Vol 04 c032Piano Man"Piano Man" byBilly Eckstine1959No, not the Billy Joel song, this refers to the song by a different Billy. It comes off of the 1959 album "Basie/Eckstine Incorporated" by Billy Eckstine and the Count Basie Orchestra.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJsHkphEM_U
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Vol 05 c033Greeting
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Vol 05 c034Time and Space
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Vol 05 c035Jazz Processn/a
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Vol 05 c036Time Was
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Vol 05 c037So What"So What" byMiles Davis1959First recorded in 1959 for Davis' album "Kind of Blue", it's one of the best examples of modal jazz, set in the Dorian mode and consisting of 16 bars of D Dorian, followed by eight bars of E♭ Dorian and another eight of D Dorian.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rD3zdscDRQ
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Vol 05 c038To Begin
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Vol 05 c039Wish
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Vol 05 c040Jazz Educationn/a
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Vol 06 c041Never Let Me Go
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Vol 06 c042Once Around
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Vol 06 c043What's New!
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Vol 06 c044Marching March 『マーチングマーチ』"Marching March" bySoichi Tenchi1965Not a jazz track, but a classic Japanese nursery rhyme.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlU3Zw3SAv4
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Vol 06 c045Maiden Voyage
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Vol 06 c046Let Me Down Easy
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Vol 06 c047Song is You"The Song is You" byStan Getz1951Composed by Jerome Ken with lyrics by Oscar Hemmerstein II for the 1932 musical "Music in the Air", it was later covered by Stan Getz in 1951 and eventually became a jazz standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqMn59KeLto
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Vol 06 c048I'll See You Again
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Vol 07 c049Us Three
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Vol 07 c050The Nearness of You
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Vol 07 c051The Sidewinder"The Sidewinder" byLee Morgan1963
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA_EFahu2Rc
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Vol 07 c052As Time Goes By
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Vol 07 c053Un Poco Loco
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Vol 07 c054Night Rider
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Vol 07 c055Dreamer
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Vol 07 c056How My Heart Sings
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Vol 08 c057But Not For Me"But Not for Me" byElla Fitzgerald1959Originally written for the 1930 musical "Girl Crazy", a Jazz version was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1959. This version went on to win a Grammy in 1960.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnfUN6bBAg4
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Vol 08 c058Alone and I"Alone and I" byHerbie Hancock1962From his 1962 album, "Takin' Off"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBLMPM8CeA4
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Vol 08 c059Minor March"Minor March" byMiles Davis & Milt Jackson1955
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v_2bT4_og0
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Vol 08 c060And More
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Vol 08 c061Now's the Time
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Vol 08 c062Do a Thing
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Vol 08 c063My Foolish Heart"My Foolish Heart" byBill Evans1962Originally composed by Victor Young, with Lyrics by Ned Washington, it was first introduced in 1949 for the film of the same name, being sung by Martha Mears. The song was later recorded as a Jazz song by Bill Evans on his 1962 album Waltz for Debby, solidifying it as a jazz standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-jsW61e_-w
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Vol 08 c064Star Eyes
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Vol 09 c065Straight, No Chaser
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Vol 09 c066Step Forward
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Vol 09 c067Chance It
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Vol 09 c068Milestones"Milestones" byMiles Davis1958Appearing as the title track of his 1958 album "Milestones", this is one of the first examples of Miles Davis composing using a modal style, which would eventually lead to him composing one of his most well-known tracks in 1959, "So What".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k94zDsJ-JMU
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Vol 09 c069Blues in a Life
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Vol 09 c070Speak No Evil
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Vol 09 c071Cool Green
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Vol 09 c072Full House
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Vol 10 c073Remember
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Vol 10 c074Passion Dance
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Vol 10 c075Somethin' Special
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Vol 10 c076Fire Waltz
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Vol 10 c077Speak Low
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Vol 10 c078Blue Train"Blue Train" byJohn Coltrane1957Composed by John Coltrane and released in 1957 as the lead track on the album of the same name, the song starts with the melody in E-flat minor, the chord progression changes to E-flat major for the improvised section, and returns to the original minor key for the reinstatement of the melody.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1GrP6thz-k
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Vol 10 c079Blue Minor
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Vol 10 FIN East of the Sun"East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)" bySarah Vaughan1950Originally written by Brooks Bowman for Princeton University's 1934 production of "Stags at Bay". It became a signature hallmark song of some of Princeton's a-cappella groups, including the Princeton Tigertones and the Princeton Nassoons. It was first recorded by Hal Kemp in 1934 and has been a Jazz standard since Sarah Vaughan's version, released in 1950.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHAPXr3tkk4
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