Playlist | Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey




An examination of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey wouldn't be complete without hearing some of the music that inspired Bearden's work in this and other artistic endeavors. Dr. Robert O'Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Director of Jazz Studies at Columbia University, curated this list of Bearden-related songs by some of the greatest jazz and blues artists who ever lived.

Johnny Hodges – "Azure"
Nina Simone – "Blues For Mama"
Mary Lou Williams – "Blues For Peter"
Sun Ra – "Door To The Cosmos"
Duke Ellington – "Fragmented Suite For Piano And Bass - Movement 1"
Bessie Jones – "Hambone"
Thelonious Monk – "Mysterioso"
Coleman Hawkins – "Picasso"
Duke Ellington – "Reflections In D"
Muhal Richard Abrams – "Blu Blu Blu"
Alice Babs – "Serenade to Sweden"
Miles Davis – "Shhh/Peaceful - Original LP Mix From 1969"
Joe Temperley – "A Single Petal Of A Rose"
Duke Ellington – "Transblucency"
Sam Cooke – "Trouble Blues"