Harry Partch’s “U.S. Highball” is one of the most unique and experimental musical works of the 20th century.
“Songs by Sinatra” Album Review
Released in 1947, “Songs by Sinatra” is an inessential yet entertaining footnote in Frank Sinatra’s lengthy career.
“Encores” Album Review
“Encores” captures the Stan Kenton Orchestra in transition. Despite the lack of cohesion, the musical performances still deserve praise.
“A Presentation of Progressive Jazz” Album Review
“A Presentation of Progressive Jazz” topped the charts in 1948. It remains one of Stan Kenton’s best albums.
“Artistry in Rhythm” Album Review
“Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton’s debut album, features top-notch performances and highly advanced big band music.
“The Voice of Frank Sinatra” Album Review
Frank Sinatra’s 1946 debut, “The Voice of Frank Sinatra,” is an early hint at his greatness. Essential listening.
“Liberian Suite” Album Review
Duke Ellington’s “Liberian Suite” was commissioned to celebrate the country’s centennial. It was released as an album in 1948.
“Black, Brown and Beige” Album Review
Duke Ellington’s original “Black, Brown and Beige” suite premiered in 1943. Read this album review of the 1946 LP release.
“The Wayfaring Stranger” Album Review
Long before he was the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Burl Ives was The Wayfaring Stranger.
“Work Songs of the U.S.A.” Album Review
Lead Belly performs railroad tunes, maritime shanties and more on “Work Songs of the U.S.A.”
“Play Parties in Song and Dance” Album Review
In 1941, blues legend Lead Belly released an album of children’s songs called “Play Parties in Song and Dance.”
“The Midnight Special” Album Review
Lead Belly’s 1940 album “The Midnight Special” turns back the clocks to trace the origins of blues music.