Reviews of two 1954 albums by Chet Baker and June Christy. Continue reading Vocal Jazz in 1954
The debut LP from Clifford Brown (trumpeter) and Max Roach (drummer) is a jazz landmark.
Grade: A+ Continue reading Clifford Brown & Max Roach (1954)
The best album from one of the more underrated founders of bebop.
Grade: A Continue reading Al Haig Trio – Al Haig
One of the most pleasurable vocal-jazz albums of all time.
Grade: A Continue reading Black Coffee – Peggy Lee
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
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
“…an essential recording for both bebop and vibraphone enthusiasts.”
Grade: A Continue reading Wizard of the Vibes – Milt Jackson
The greatest album by one of jazz’s greatest musicians.
Grade: A Continue reading Ellington Uptown – Duke Ellington
One of the earliest and most avant-garde records in the jazz catalogue.
Grade: A- Continue reading City of Glass – Stan Kenton