Artist: Art Tatum & Ben Webster Year: 1958 Genre: Stride Grade: A Taken by itself, Art Tatum’s classically-inspired piano playing is somewhat emotionless. It’s a tad too technical. You might even call his music imposing. Oscar Peterson professed that “Tatum scared … Continue reading The Art Tatum-Ben Webster Quartet album review
In 1958, Coltrane was still searching for his signature style.
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An instrumental jazz collab between Ray Charles and Milt Jackson. Continue reading Soul Brothers
Ray Charles is always worth listening to.
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Ray Charles’ first live album features a very close-to-the-mic performance.
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One sentence about Tito Puente’s 1958 mambo best-seller.
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The hardest hard bop ever recorded.
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A review of Jerry Lee Lewis’ scorching debut LP.
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Album review of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk.
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Avant-garde by accident.
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You’re so square, baby I don’t care.
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James Brown’s debut puts most other R&B of the era to shame.
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