The 50 greatest albums of the 1950s, as picked by yours truly. Continue reading The 50 Greatest Albums of the 1950s
The first, great pop album.
Grade: A+ Continue reading In the Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra
For piano lovers especially – the performance of a lifetime.
Grade: A Continue reading Concert by the Sea – Erroll Garner
A worthwhile primer of Venezuelan folk songs, played by a classical orchestra.
Grade: A- Continue reading Dinner in Caracas – Aldemaro Romero
Reviews of two Thelonious Monk LPs from 1955. Continue reading Thelonious Monk continued his hot streak into 1955
One of Miles Davis’ most underrated and anomalous early releases.
Grade: A Continue reading Blue Moods – Miles Davis
One of the more underrated LPs in the jazz catalogue.
Grade: A Continue reading In a Romantic Mood – Oscar Peterson
Before he gained international stardom with his early ‘60s bossa-nova recordings, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz made his bones by practicing with the greats in Scandinavia. Stints with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, Al Haig and Max … Continue reading The Many Guises of Stan Getz
This 1955 LP from The Four Freshmen is vocal heaven, but musically it represents everything bad about the decade.
Grade: B Continue reading “Nostalgic” doesn’t mean “good”
The Top 10 Albums of 1954, as chosen by yours truly. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 1954
Reviews of two 1954 albums by Chet Baker and June Christy. Continue reading Vocal Jazz in 1954
The debut LP from Clifford Brown (trumpeter) and Max Roach (drummer) is a jazz landmark.
Grade: A+ Continue reading Clifford Brown & Max Roach (1954)
A French album I enjoy? Rare.
Grade: A Continue reading Grand Jacques – Jacques Briel