Out of Nowhere
Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman)
The jazz standard Out of Nowhere has been recorded by dozens of artists. It’s #68 ranking at jazzstandards.com is an indication of the lasting regard in which it is held by jazz artists. Johnny Green also wrote the music for the highly-esteemed Body and Soul (1930), with Edward Heyman being one of three credited lyricists.
A 1937 instrumental cut by Coleman Hawkins & his All Star Jam Band, featuring Benny Carter and Django Reinhardt is an important early jazz recording.
The song’s harmony has been used in several later songs, such as Tadd Dameron’s “Casbah”, Fats Navarro’s “Nostalgia” and Lennie Tristano’s “317 East 32nd Street”.
Bing Crosby – recorded in Los Angeles on 30 Mar 1931, with an unidentified studio orchestra (source: jazzdiscography.com)
Ruth Etting — 1931
Coleman Hawkins & his All Star Jam Band — from a 27 April 1937 recording session, according to Second Hand Songs, though the provider dates it 1938; Djangopedia confirms the prior date, locates the session in Paris, and lists the musicians as follows: Coleman Hawkins (ts), Alix Combelle (ts,cl), Benny Carter (as,tpt), Andre Ekyan (as), Stephane Grappelly (p), Django Reinhardt (g), Eugene d’Hellemmes (b), Tommy Benford (d)
Art Tatum — recorded in New York on 20 Jan 1947
Charlie Parker — from the second Charlie Parker With Strings album (Mercury MGC-509, reissued as MGC-109), recorded on 5 July 1950
Dave Brubeck Quartet — track 2, recorded at the University of Cincinnati, from the 1954 LP Jazz Goes to College
Dave Brubeck: piano
Bob Bates: bass
Paul Desmond: alto saxophone
Joe Dodge: drums
Charlie Shavers — Although the provider dates it 1961, this is most likely the recording earlier released on the 1955 Bethlehem Records LP The Most Intimate, BCP 1021.