Album reviews of “Back to Back” and “Side by Side,” two collaborative LPs by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. Continue reading Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
One of Duke Ellington’s most famous concerts proves why modern music wouldn’t exist without his trailblazing innovations. Continue reading Live at the Blue Note – Duke Ellington
Jazz in Silhouette is Sun Ra’s most accessible album, thus making it a perfect entry point for newcomers to his music. Continue reading Jazz in Silhouette – Sun Ra
Do you like cowboy movies? If so, then you’ll love this Marty Robbins LP. Continue reading Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs – Marty Robbins
One of Thelonious Monk’s most skittish albums. Continue reading 5 by Monk by 5 – Thelonious Monk
This oft-forgotten solo piano showcase is another reminder why Thelonious Monk was the most singular jazz musician of the era.
Grade: A- Continue reading Thelonious Alone in San Francisco – Thelonious Monk
Duke Ellington’s soundtrack to Otto Preminger’s 1959 film.
Grade: A- Continue reading Anatomy of a Murder – Duke Ellington
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?
Grade: A- Continue reading Duke Ellington – Jazz Party
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.
Grade: A Continue reading Moanin’ – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers