I’ve been to Cults, they’ve got a nice garden centre there. There’s a lot of nice garden centres south of Aberdeen in the Deeside area. I should know, I used to work in one, in Banchory (about 14 miles from Cults on the A93). This CD is a lovingly remastered and reissued release by Mr … Continue reading #353 Cults Percussion Ensemble
If I was to put together a list of those records which have the most significance to me on a deeply personal primal level, then this would be on it. And if I was to put together a list of those films which had the most profoundly cathartic impact in my then fragile mental state … Continue reading #263 Cabaret – Original Soundtrack Recording
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