Links to album reviews from 1958 Continue reading The Music of 1958
Thelonious Himself provides an intimate setting for Monk to paint some of his moodiest pictures.
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One of Thelonious Monk’s minor collaborations; one of Gerry Mulligan’s major works.
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Chuck Berry’s electrifying debut.
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Johnny Cash’s rockabilly debut sounds like a 50-year-old wiseman in a 25-year-old’s body.
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Sun Ra released one of the trippiest jazz albums of the 1950s, because why the f*ck wouldn’t he?
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Jean Barraque, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky and Iannis Xenakis. Continue reading Classical Check-Up – 1957
Back in the day, they called this the devil’s music.
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Miles Davis’ (first) quiet masterpiece.
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Like a star free agent on the open market, 1957 was the summer of Sonny. Everyone knew that Rollins was the greatest saxophonist on the face of the Earth, and so he was free to play for whoever he wanted. … Continue reading Sonny Rollins Released Seven (!) Albums in 1957
A rare look at Ray Charles in an instrumental jazz setting.
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Artist: Charles Mingus Year: 1957 Genre: Post-Bop Grade: B+ The 11-minute opener, entitled “Scenes in the City,” is the clear highlight of Charles Mingus’ fourth LP of 1957. Featuring the spoken-word narration of Mel Stewart, the freewheeling track moves through a … Continue reading A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry