By the very nature of the process of making the music, any tune can become a jazz tune. Some well-known standards, which I need not mention to further popularize them, are done so often that they are beyond tiresome. But jazz compositions stick with you for other reasons. The melody may be striking, or perhaps you’ve witnessed a performance that left you with goosebumps. The reasons will vary from listener to listener.
Just for fun, I started thinking the other night about my most favorite jazz tunes.
Here are the top 12 – right now. The first five are ranked by personal preference. The others are close behind but not listed in any particular order.