Recorded in 1957 but released in 1959, “Newk’s Time” was the last LP before the legendary saxophonist’s self-imposed, three-year exile. Continue reading Newk’s Time – Sonny Rollins
John Coltrane’s debut features many of the hallmarks that the saxophonist would later become famous for.
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One of Charles Mingus’ rare, non-essential LPs.
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Monk’s Music is one the pianists most essential LPs.
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The final LP released by the legendary hard bop leaders.
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The best album from one of jazz’s most tragic figures.
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A brief writeup on four Sonny Rollins LPs from 1956. Continue reading Tenor Madness: Sonny Rollins in 1956
Ironically, “The Unique Thelonious Monk” is unique in the fact that it is conventional.
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1957 was the year Miles Davis and his First Great Quintet began blazing new trails in the world of jazz. The foundations for that success mere made the year prior, in which Davis released three LPs showing his continued development … Continue reading 3 Underrated Miles Davis LPs
Clifford Brown with Strings: A
Brown and Roach Incorporated: A-
Study in Brown: A Continue reading Clifford Brown & Max Roach – 1955
The debut LP from Clifford Brown (trumpeter) and Max Roach (drummer) is a jazz landmark.
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