Jean Barraque, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky and Iannis Xenakis. Continue reading Classical Check-Up – 1957
John Coltrane’s debut features many of the hallmarks that the saxophonist would later become famous for.
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The trio setting apparently doesn’t fit with Charles Mingus’ style.
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Frank Sinatra goes through the motions on A Swingin’ Affair.
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One of Charles Mingus’ rare, non-essential LPs.
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Despite the title, “The Clown” is one of Charles Mingus’ darkest masterpieces.
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“Close to You” is Frank Sinatra at his funniest.
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Monk’s Music is one the pianists most essential LPs.
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‘Round About Midnight began Davis’ rapid ascent to the jazz throne.
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Ray Charles’ 1957 debut was one of the first great R&B records.
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The debut of Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra is one of the decade’s greatest hidden gems.
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The debut LP of George Russell is a timeless classic that has aged like a fine wine.
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