Leave you in peace & ignorance? Never. RRers are a cross between Jehovah’s Witnesses and a Rottweiler when it comes to this sort of thing. It’s probably why Dorian is leaving- to get away from bloggers badgering him to listen to Peter Hammill or Steely Dan. I don’t like jazz and, like you, have roomed with a chin-stroking fan. At least he liked Astral Weeks too.
Many of these songs were a result of that period, and I had to listen to mountains of atonal drivel so that you don’t have to (Eric Dolphy’s ‘Out To Lunch’ anyone?) to emerge reeking and battered clutching these in my memory. They all have vocals you could sing along to, do not noodle endlessly in 11/4 tempo but whether or not you can dance to them is such a subjective issue I won’t go into it. I haven’t given links because the Ministry of Joy have blocked my YouTube. I’m sure you can listen for free somewhere.
1. New Ghosts – Albert Ayler
2. St James Infirmary Blues – Louis Armstrong
3. A Feeling of Harmony – Terje Rypdal
4. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
5. The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines – Joni Mitchell
6. Salt Peanuts, live at the Massey Hall, Toronto, 1953,- Dizzy Gillespie et al.
7. Don’t You Make Me High – Merline Johnson
8. I Get a Kick Out of You – Ella Fitzgerald
9. That’s My Desire – Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton
10. Take 5. Look I heard someone do a version with words. It sucked.
There you are. I would seriously avoid gyrating to Strange Fruit but there’s nowt so queer as folk.