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Top 5 Recent Disaster-Inspired Jazz Tracks

1. “In Time of Need,” Terence Blanchard

2. “Tsunami Song,” Kenny Garrett

3. “Litany Against Fear,” Christian Scott

4. “Frenchman Street Strut,” Devin Phillips

5. “Without a Song,” Sonny Rollins

Jazz artists can draw inspiration even from the most devastating events. Most recently, the effects of Hurricane Katrina on NOLA, the cradle of jazz, lead to an outpouring of artistic emotion. Here are five of the most powerful cuts motivated by the major disasters of this decade by both some well-established players and some rising young ones. Music heals.

There’s lots of great jazz, some of it even motivated by happy things, happening at WMBR 88.1 FM. Listen to Running Returning Sunday at 10 p.m., Research & Development Monday at 2 p.m., The Jazz Train Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Coffeetime on Fridays at 2 p.m.. You can also stream shows from up to two weeks in the past at WMBR.org.