The Top 10 Albums of 1954, as chosen by yours truly. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 1954
The Top 10 albums of 1953. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 1953
Perhaps the first “landmark” concert recording.
Grade: A Continue reading Jazz at Massey Hall – The Quintet
A semi-confident debut from a technically accomplished pianist.
Grade: A- Continue reading Introducing Paul Bley – Paul Bley
One of the earliest and most avant-garde records in the jazz catalogue.
Grade: A- Continue reading City of Glass – Stan Kenton
Only 19-years-old at the time, Wynton Kelly proves himself to be in a class all his own on this marvelous debut.
Grade: A Continue reading Piano Interpretations – Wynton Kelly
One of America’s genre-defining country albums.
Grade: A Continue reading Hank Williams Sings – Hank Williams
Three mediocre soundtracks from an American legend. Continue reading Doris Day in 1951
Old-time country that even a hipster could love.
Grade: B+ Continue reading Songs of Jimmie Rodgers (Lefty Frizzell)
Links to my reviews of the music of 1951. Continue reading The Music of 1951
The “Why doesn’t Stan Kenton get the credit he deserves?” campaign.
Grade: A Continue reading Innovations in Modern Music – Stan Kenton
A great inventor, an even better musician.
Grade: A- Continue reading The New Sound – Les Paul