Prince rarely gets personal, but when he does his message is boosted by several dirty jokes. Continue reading Prince changes color; “Blue Light” is red hot
A quick rundown of the classical music of 1953. Continue reading Classical Check-Up – 1953
One of the most pleasurable vocal-jazz albums of all time.
Grade: A Continue reading Black Coffee – Peggy Lee
Seeing is believing.
Grade: B Continue reading The Astaire Story – Fred Astaire
One of Stan Kenton’s most outre LPs; one of his best.
Grade: A Continue reading This Modern World – Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton finally adds a little emotion and humanism to his music, which makes for his most upbeat and welcoming LP.
Grade: A- Continue reading New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm – Stan Kenton
Perhaps the first “landmark” concert recording.
Grade: A Continue reading Jazz at Massey Hall – The Quintet
My all-time favorite Duke Ellington LP.
Grade: A Continue reading The Duke Plays Ellington – Duke Ellington
A semi-confident debut from a technically accomplished pianist.
Grade: A- Continue reading Introducing Paul Bley – Paul Bley
My picks for the best albums of 1952. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 1952
Johnnie Ray’s charismatic vocals are an early antecedent to rock’n’roll.
Grade: A- Continue reading Johnnie Ray: Underrated as Shit
Billie Holiday’s debut album is an essential LP for fans of the idiosyncratic crooner.
Grade: A- Continue reading Billie Holiday Sings – Billie Holiday