Best Jazz Songs To Smoke Weed To

Good jazz and good weed go together like fine wine and aged gouda. 

The perception of time, altered by marijuana, and the acute sensitivity to sound caused by THC, is part of the connection between jazz and weed. Cannabis helps some musicians to improvise by increasing confidence and the idea of risk. Jazz artists picked marijuana over alcohol, opting for what they believed would not damage the integrity of their music and creative process. Listening to jazz is also know to mix well with weed. Picking the right strain to smoke while enjoying a particular artist requires a considerable ganjacation. While your sommelier may best pair up your wine and main course, a potent connoisseur makes the connection between good jazz and good strains to smoke while listening to it.

All Be(tween) by Organic Grooves

Organic Grooves may not seem like authentic jazz, but the DJ collective of William Parker and Hamid Drake, has incorporated jazz undertones with such dexterity that it might as well be an offspring of a marriage of hip hop and jazz.

It's all about the evolution of the musical language, a creation from seemingly different genres. Black Cherry is an amazing recording. With fragmentary syntax from the two genres a new rhythm emerges. The hypnotic intensity can potentially sound different each time it is heard. There is always something new to hear between the beats of Black Cherry. 

What To Smoke: Black Cherry OG

"Black Cherry OG is an indica strain bred by Grand Daddy Purple that combines Ken’s OG with an unknown Granddaddy Purple hybrid. Dense buds take on an intense purple hue at the end of Black Cherry OG’s maturation and develop a sweet aroma like fruity tea. Relaxing full-body effects take over, ridding you of pain and insomnia while lifting the mood."

Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Ain't No Sunshine was written by Bill Withers for his Just As I Am album. Famed Blues Brother alumni, Donald "Duck" Dunn played bass guitar with Al Jackson Jr. playing drums. 

Released first as a single in Sep 1971, it reached number six in the charts for R&B. Overall Billboard ranked it 23 on the year for the R&B charts. Appearing on the movie soundtrack for When We Were Kings in 1997, it set the dramatic tone for the Academy Award-winning documentary on the greatest boxing match ever, the famous Rumble in The Jungle, between George Foreman and Mohamed Ali. 

What To Smoke: Cannalope Haze

"Like the name suggests, Cannalope Haze is a sweet mix of tropical, melon, and floral flavors. Almost a pure sativa that crosses Haze Brothers Original Haze and a Mexican landrace, this strain is a great solution for fatigue and when struggling with appetite loss. The smooth taste and hefty resin production make it great for producing concentrates."

No Saint by Drew Gress

Typically Drew Gress is setting the foundation for others. Here he does it for himself meticulously and graciously, making his The Sky Inside a really special album. It sets the groundwork for his own compositions.

On The Sky Inside the incredible bassist Drew Gress has put together an amazing first-class quintet including the great Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Tom Rainey and Craig Taborn; "The title is programmatic, unveiling the next musical open spaces of a discerning introvert."

What To Smoke: Mr. Nice Guy

"This medical marijuana strain which is otherwise called as Mr. Nice Guy is an indica-dominant strain created by Sensi Seeds. This strain is the second prize winner of the '2004 High Life Cup'. This was created by crossing Government-13 (G-13) strain with the Hash Plant. This strain is named in honor of 'Howard Marks', the Oxford graduate who became a folk legend by writing his autobiography in the title 'Mr. Nice' which tells the narrative of his own life as one of the biggest smugglers of Marijuana."

Zhivago by Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM

Kurt Rosenwinkel's Our Secret World was his ninth album while band leader. Working together with a really creative collaborator, Portugal's Orchestra de Jazz Matosinhos (OJM). The collaboration began in 2007, but would not be professional performed for another year, and then it would be 2009 when it was finally recorded professionally.

The recording took place over three days, but it was preceded by a week of 12 hours a day of practice and rehearsal. All the music is original and composed by Kurt Rosenwinkel. Zhivago actually first made its debut on his The Next Step album, along with classic Use of Light. Both are great examples of the amazing talent of Kurt Rosenwinkel.

What To Smoke: Blue Dream

"Blue Dream is a slightly sativa dominant hybrid (60% sativa/40% indica).  Users describe the Blue Dream high as having an immediate onset of an uplifting cerebral head high that leaves you completely motivated and focused with waves of creative energy that hit quickly and hard. This is accompanied by a mellow relaxing body high that leaves you warmed, numb, and completely pain free. Due to these potent combination effects, Blue Dream is said to be an ideal strain for treating patients suffering from conditions such as chronic stress, chronic pain due to injury or illness, mild to moderate cases of depression, and sleep disorders, including insomnia."

Wise by the Alex Mercado Trio

Alex Mercado's second trio recording is a real trip. The Watcher, his first outing was a pure class. He takes us on a journey into a visceral world of energy with tunes and melody dynamically intertwined. His original improvisation is the epitome of fine contemporary modern jazz.

With Antonio Sanchez & Scott Colley, this album was chosen as Downbeat Magazine Editors’ on Top Picks for 2014. As a virtuoso instrumentalist Antonio burst out of the jazz scene in Mexico, is first call pianist  for such greats as Sachal Vasandani, Magos Herrera and Camila Meza. 

What To Smoke: Mendo Purps

"Mendo Purps is one of the more legendary strains to come out of Mendocino County. To get this herb in seed form, B.C. Bud Depot acquired a cut in 2004 and crossed their Mendo Purps back to itself after selecting the best male. The outcome is one of the most coveted purple strains in the world, as well as a great producer."

Count Your Blessings by Seamus Blake

Seamus Blake's Let's Call the Whole Thing Off was his second album but brought together the same quintet, Reeds Ramble, which included on the keys, Ethan Iverson, drummer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Matt Penman.

This amazing group of talent with  a varied selection of straight on jazz calling on originals like icons Antonio Carlos, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jobim. With a taste of the Latin style adding to the lively beat and the perky tempo. A great listen for a chill night.

What To Smoke: GOJI OG

"This complex combination of Nepal OG and Snowlotus bred by Bodhi of Bodhi Seedbank is a transcendent, world-class GOJI OG strain named after the GOJI Berries. Thanks to its rich heritage, flavorful diversity, and beyond belief high, GOJI OG is connoisseur strain that offers a sweet change of pace from the ordinary."

The Enthusiast by Reid Anderson

He has worked with Mark Turner and the talented aforementioned bassist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Reid anderson's  first two albums on the Fresh Sound label, 1997’s Dirty Show Tunes and 1999’s Abolish Bad Architecture, were really quite amazing though not well marketed. 

The overall groove of the group is loose and raw. Many of the melodies sound hymnal bordering on rock but maintaining the integrity and vibe of traditional jazz. The progression of the chords leads to a complex analysis of the repetitive notes. Not to be confused with fusion or its more colloquial jazz-rock. Nor does it quite easily fit into mainstream post-bop jazz groups.

What To Smoke: Elephant Stomper

"Elephant Stomper hits you and hits you hard. Not for those who are disconcerted by the elevated heart rate and paranoia caused by smoking, as this strain will really get you going. The 50/50 hybrid split ensures there is enough body high to calm you down, but be prepared for anything with this pachyderm."

Giacometti by Morten Haxholm Quartet

As the debut album of Danish bass player Morten Christian Haxholm, Equilibrium is a rhythmic exploration of the raw energy of Haxholm and the other fine musicians. 

The highly accomplished drummer, Ari Hoenig has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock. The jazz compositions are refreshing and well-written. The excellent playing is exciting to listen to as the young quartet augment one another's unique style perfectly. From easy listening to more daring compositions with rhythms of high complexity Giacometti by Morten Haxholm Quartet hits the spot. 

What To Smoke: Moby Dick

"I’ve always appreciated Moby Dick’s balanced Hazy crispness, which isn’t my normal flavor profile of choice but nonetheless strikes my nostalgic fancy from time to time, bringing to mind a lot of the Haze-dominant strains I tried during my trips to Amsterdam."

Railroaded by BB&C

They are like an explosive three-headed dragon with Brooklyn alto saxophonist Tim Berne, ever-exploring Nels Cline on guitar and chill downtown drummer Jim Black.

"Tim Berne's soulful body of work has created a new musical language which continues to push the boundaries and possibilities of jazz. Virtuosic drummer Jim Black is celebrated worldwide for his limitless technique and innovative concepts. With a highly individual approach to jazz drumming, his style has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes."

What To Smoke: Jack Flash

Jack Flash always gets me straight between the temples. An immediate and light body buzz without much pain relief, but still, a most welcome distraction

Going to Church by the Maneri Ensemble

A totally involved group of improvisations. Joe Maneri is the consistent root in three part conceptual piece.

The most interesting thing here is the role of Mat Maneri. He's creating colors and shaping ambiences. While rounding the sharp edges. As Joe plays his saxophones or clarinet that feels more like chanting than instrument. The music is based on equanimity and offers such a myriad of harmonically creative possibilities. Going to Church feels divine.

What To Smoke: Super Silver Cheese

"Super Silver Cheese is an 80/20 Sativa dominant hybrid strain created by Royal Dutch Genetics. It produces beautiful light green buds covered in trichomes. As the name suggests, they smell of cheese with hints of musk. Super Silver Cheese is hard to handle for beginners because of the strict nutrient requirements. Pests also seem to love the plants.Super Silver Cheese rewards with heavy yields after 10-11 weeks. Good for day and morning time recreational and medical use due to high THC count."

Blah Blah by Dafnis Prieto Sextet

What sets the latin jazz form apart from the other types of jazz is that it's actually a music for dance. Artists who create the tunes are expected to transition gracefully between the worlds of salsa and jazz.

This type of latin jazz is meant to get the body moving to a beat. The dance floor should fill as the rhythm seeps through the crowd. A very sophisticated sound and a cross cutting appeal. Follow it up with the marvelous, Taking the Soul for a WalkDafnis Prieto Sextet's 2008 production.

What To Smoke: Honey Comb

Honey Comb cannabis strain is a Sativa dominant hybrid. The weed is great for combating the blues and relaxing after hectic day. Honey Comb marijuana strain is good for day and evening time medicinal and recreational use.

Nemesis by Aaron Parks

Aaron Parks is an extremely talented jazz pianist. He studied at the University of Washington when he was 14. He had a double major in computer science and music. 

At the age of 15 he was asked to participate in the GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensembles. From there it was straight to the New York jazz scene, where he enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music. While in his final year he began touring with authentic jazz groups like Terence Blanchard's band and recording albums with then. Nemesis is a masterpiece from his catalog. 

What To Smoke: Henry VIII

"Henry VIII cannabis strain is a hybrid from the royal line of strains. This weed is true to its name, as it awakens king size appetite and state of pleasurable leisure. The Henry VIII effect settles in half an hour and lasts for several hours. The buds are light green covered with brick colored hairs and numerous trichomes. Henry VIII marijuana strain is good for day and evening time medicinal and recreational use."

Escondido by The Bennie Maupin Quartet

Establishing his reputation in the mid 1970s with the great legends like Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin even played with Miles.

The Source by Chris Potter

He dropped out of sight for the 1980s and then reappeared in the 1990s. Escondido by The Bennie Maupin Quartet is a reflection of the artists poise and consistency. Accompanying him is an equally fine trio of eastern Europeans musicians including bassist Michal Baranski, drummer Kukasz Zyta and pianist Michael Tokaj.

What To Smoke: Candyland

"Candyland, a gold medalist of the 2012 KushCon, is a sativa-dominant hybrid bred from Granddaddy Purple and Bay Platinum Cookies. Golden hairs weave through Candyland’s thick coat of sugar-like trichomes and highlight the compact, camouflage-colored buds. This strain grows well indoors and out, and patients turn to Candyland to relieve pain, muscle tension, and sour moods. Strong sativa genetics give Candyland uplifting and stimulating effects, making it a perfect strain for social gatherings or creative pastimes."

Blue in Green by Miles Davis

Miles Davis' Blue in Green is a fabulous tune on his 1959 album, Kind of Blue. A very modal album, incorporating mixolydian, dorian and lydian modes for jazz. 

It has long been believed that Miles' pianist Bill Evans composed Blue in Green. Credit though is given to Miles. Miles Davis' autobiography claims he wrote all the music for Blue in Green. On May 27, 1979 Bill Evans in an interview said he had written it. "The truth is I did [write the music]... I don't want to make a federal case out of it, the music exists, and Miles is getting the royalties..." Evans' smooth introduction on jazz standard favorite Alone Together has often been compared to the playing on Blue in Green

What To Smoke: Strawberry Cough

"Known for its sweet smell of fresh strawberries and an expanding sensation that can make even the most seasoned consumer cough, Strawberry Cough is a potent sativa blend with mysterious genetic origins. The skunky, berry flavors will capture your senses while the cerebral, uplifting effects provide an aura of euphoria that is sure to leave a smile on your face. Strawberry Cough is a great solution for managing social anxieties and to balance yourself in times of elevated stress."

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