#99 The Beatles – Abbey Road

This is the last recorded Beatles album, and by no means their least. Unlike the White Album, recorded the year previously, it’s an album of a band never sounding more together as a band, rather than four musicians (okay maybe 3.5) who just happen to record their pet solo projects in the same studio at … Continue reading #99 The Beatles – Abbey Road

Advertisements

#153 Art Blakey – The Jazz Messengers

The second Blakey album to pop up in little over a month. I first came across Art Blakey about 10 years ago when I started learning to play the drums. I can’t say I’ve developed much since then, as either a Blakey connoisseur or a drummer. The music on this record however is superb and … Continue reading #153 Art Blakey – The Jazz Messengers

#1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

There was a lot of hoo-hah around The White Stripes at the fin de siècle, and they seemed to encompass our collective cultural consciousness of millennium-fuelled paranoia and petulance, knowingness and naïveté with a raw au naturel back to basic blues. I was a bit slow on the uptake (never having been one to ride … Continue reading #1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

#154 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat

Arthur ‘Art’ Blakey is one bad-ass drummer, arguably the best jazz drummer of all time, and this is one of his definitive albums. It’s one of the 76 albums he recorded as a leader of the Jazz Messengers, and in common with many of them, it shows off the raw rhythmic sensibilities of Blakey along … Continue reading #154 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat

#1147 The Ronnie Scott Sextet – Presenting the Ronnie Scott Sextet

Bloody hell, this is good. About as close to the excitement and virtuosity of a live jazz performance without being there in person. It sounds like they’re playing in your living room. This LP is a 1968 re-release of a 1957 recording from Ronnie Scott, the tenor saxophonist, and his band. Scott, that other "arguably … Continue reading #1147 The Ronnie Scott Sextet – Presenting the Ronnie Scott Sextet