#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


#636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

I first heard this record when I borrowed it from Norwich City Library (the one that burnt down) when I discovered Hendrix at the age of 15 or 16 and tried to get my hands on anything I could to hear more of his amazing playing. I recorded it onto tape cassette, as you do … Continue reading #636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

#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

#767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

Not to be confused with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra is the baby and brainchild of Christopher Warren-Green who relaunched Britain’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, originally dating from 1921, in 1989. They tour and perform regularly, performing also at the 2011 royal wedding. This album is a sampler essentially, a compilation of … Continue reading #767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

#867 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem

Mozart’s masterpiece, or one of them at least. This is my favourite Requiem, with Faure running a close second and Verdi in third place. There’s something about its solemnity and gravitas as well as its sheer tunefulness that takes the traditional catholic mass of the dead to a whole new level. Perhaps in these stuttering … Continue reading #867 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem