This is THE jazz album. As Stephen Thomas Erlewine writing for Allmusic.com so accurately puts it, it’s the “Citizen Kane of jazz”. But exactly what is it about it that makes it so special? There’s the sheer craftmanship of the musicians Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, James Cobb and Wynton … Continue reading #360 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
This is one of my grandfather’s records and a singer I’d never heard of before I owned this. It’s really something quite special however. Annie Ross is a British-born American-resident jazz singer and actor who started young – her first regular acting gig came at the age of five. Interestingly she came back to the … Continue reading #1139 Annie Ross with the Tony Kinsey Quintet
This is a great live jazz album, and aside from the quality of the music, it really captures the excitement and spontaneity of live performance, and the audience’s reaction and applause. This is another of my grandfather’s jazz records, another cheapo from the CBS I Love Jazz 1984 reissue. It was recorded live at Basin … Continue reading #639 Woody Herman – Woody’s Winners
Giving Miles Davis a run for his money in terms of who’s ‘coolest’, this is an album of pure jazz perfection. A stunning recording, from RCA Italia in 1962, it features 8 BeBop jams from trumpeter Baker and his band. These jams are loose in terms of their wonderfully swinging rhythm, but the band are … Continue reading #65 Chet Baker Sextet – Chet is Back!
This is the bestselling piano album ever, of any genre, selling over 3.5 million records. And my record is a second-hand copy of one of those. It is, however, the wrong piano. The Wikipedia author for this entry tells the story in detail, so I won’t repeat it all here, suffice to say that the … Continue reading #672 Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert
Gainsbourg was/is a god, a genius, a prolific master of multiple musical styles and art forms. He recorded over 500 songs, wrote and produced multiple albums for other artists as well as himself, wrote a book, directed a film, acted in over 50 TV and film roles and composed the soundtrack for another 50+ more. … Continue reading #528 Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde
Basil Kirchin is a unique and fascinating soul. I confess I had never heard of him until I received this free sampler from Trunk Records because I’d ordered several other CDs from Jonny Trunk’s emporium of the weird and wonderful world of sound. This sampler was produced by Trunk as part of Hull’s City of … Continue reading #717 Basil Kirchin – Mind on the Run, A Basil Kirchin Sampler