#360 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

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

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#1139 Annie Ross with the Tony Kinsey Quintet

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

#1208 Soft Machine – The Soft Machine Vol. One

One of several bands who have taken inspiration from William S Burroughs. Whether that puts you off, or turns you on is a matter of taste, but for lovers of psychedelia, jazz-rock or early progressive rock, Soft Machine’s first album, the ambitiously titled Volume One, offers a smorgasbord of each, effortlessly sandwiched together in a … Continue reading #1208 Soft Machine – The Soft Machine Vol. One

#528 Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde

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