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
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 was the first secondhand record I bought when living in Amsterdam at the now virtually defunct Fame music and film shop. It now only exists online and as a small concession in the megalithic MediaMarkt stores, but they used to sell a great range of new and old releases, from Top 40 to old … Continue reading #670 Japan – Quiet Life
This is Genesis’s second actual album but first proper. In that this is where the prog rock elements of Genesis are first hewn from the rock. They may be a little rough and chunky round the edges, and they were to sharpen and polish them considerably for their subsequent release, Nursery Cryme, but all the … Continue reading #549 Genesis – Trespass
Rhapsody in Blue is without doubt one of the defining classical works of the 20th century, and possibly the defining work of American classical music. It was as ground-breaking as the Rite of Spring, albeit in different ways, and although it caused no riots at its premiere there were plenty of detractors from this self-proclaimed … Continue reading #566 George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Chailly & Bollani)
This may be one of the most exciting debuts in the last 5 years. I certainly recall the moment I first heard about alt-J, it was whilst doing the post-dinner washing up in my kitchen listening to BBC 6Music. There was some discussion speculating on the sexual content of the song Fitzpleasure, and it piqued … Continue reading #23 alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Manspreading his way across two discs this is Springsteen in typically workmanlike mode. It’s less cars and girls, more mortgages and divorce; these songs are Springsteen growing up in public, or at least his song’s characters growing up and dealing with the normal shit that life brings. This album came after Darkness on the Edge … Continue reading #1233 Bruce Springsteen – The River