While Elvis served in the U.S. Army in 1959, RCA Victor released three compilation LPs back home to curb fans’ appetites. Continue reading 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong
One of the best-selling jazz albums of all time. But does it deserve to be? Continue reading Time Out – Dave Brubeck Quartet
Did Duke Ellington ever make a bad album?
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Recorded in 1957 but released in 1959, “Newk’s Time” was the last LP before the legendary saxophonist’s self-imposed, three-year exile. Continue reading Newk’s Time – Sonny Rollins
It wouldn’t be a stretch to rank Moanin’ as one of the best performed jazz albums of all time.
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While New York, N.Y. isn’t one of Russell’s most inventive recordings, it’s still a worthy addition to his adventurous catalogue.
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A couple sentences about Johnny Cash’s 1959 LP, “Greatest!”
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Champion Jack Dupree’s woozy brand of New Orleans blues is a pleasure to behold.
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The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker finds the legendary electric bluesman’s signature sound stripped down to its bare bones.
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A 1959 compilation LP from the seminal electric blues singer.
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One of the most influential blues albums of all time.
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Nina Simone’s 1959 debut album introduces a fresh new take on vocal jazz.
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