Reviews of two Thelonious Monk LPs from 1955. Continue reading Thelonious Monk continued his hot streak into 1955
One of the more underrated LPs in the jazz catalogue.
Grade: A Continue reading In a Romantic Mood – Oscar Peterson
Before he gained international stardom with his early ‘60s bossa-nova recordings, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz made his bones by practicing with the greats in Scandinavia. Stints with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, Al Haig and Max … Continue reading The Many Guises of Stan Getz
A look at two albums from two all-time jazz greats. Continue reading Monk and Powell: Jazz Pianists in 1954
The best album from one of the more underrated founders of bebop.
Grade: A Continue reading Al Haig Trio – Al Haig
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
“…an essential recording for both bebop and vibraphone enthusiasts.”
Grade: A Continue reading Wizard of the Vibes – Milt Jackson
A statement LP from one of the most underrated jazz pianists of all time. Continue reading The Amazing Bud Powell – Bud Powell
One of the most popular African American artists of the early 1950s suffered from a lack of identity. Continue reading The Nat King Cole Conundrum
Bud Powell will cure what ails you.
Grade: A Continue reading Piano Solos #2 – Bud Powell
One of Bird’s definitive recordings.
Grade: A Continue reading Charlie Parker with Strings – Charlie Parker