#1228 Martial Solal – Martial Solal Trio at Newport ’63

This reissued CD has a facsimile of the front and back of the original 1963 vinyl release, featuring the insult dressed up as a compliment from Dizzy Gillespie: “It is remarkable to discover that an artist so far removed from the roots of Jazz as Algeria and France can adapt himself so magnificently, and can … Continue reading #1228 Martial Solal – Martial Solal Trio at Newport ’63

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#34 Fiona Apple – When the Pawn…

When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight And he'll win the whole thing 'fore he enters the ring There's nobody to batter when your mind is your might So when you go solo you hold your own hand And … Continue reading #34 Fiona Apple – When the Pawn…

#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

#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

#639 Woody Herman – Woody’s Winners

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