The best albums of 1955. Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 1955
The first, great pop album.
Grade: A+ Continue reading In the Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra
For piano lovers especially – the performance of a lifetime.
Grade: A Continue reading Concert by the Sea – Erroll Garner
A worthwhile primer of Venezuelan folk songs, played by a classical orchestra.
Grade: A- Continue reading Dinner in Caracas – Aldemaro Romero
Reviews of two Thelonious Monk LPs from 1955. Continue reading Thelonious Monk continued his hot streak into 1955
One of Miles Davis’ most underrated and anomalous early releases.
Grade: A Continue reading Blue Moods – Miles Davis
Clifford Brown with Strings: A
Brown and Roach Incorporated: A-
Study in Brown: A Continue reading Clifford Brown & Max Roach – 1955
One of the more underrated LPs in the jazz catalogue.
Grade: A Continue reading In a Romantic Mood – Oscar Peterson
Looking at five 1955 vocal jazz LPs from the likes of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Julie London and June Christy. Continue reading The Women of Vocal Jazz
Pierre Boulez’s “Le Marteau sans Maître” was perhaps, aside from “4’33,” the most talked-about premiere of the decade. It showed that high modernism could indeed be “popular,” and that classical could still drive the musical conversation. Though it’s hardly the best … Continue reading Classical Check-Up – 1955
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
This 1955 LP from The Four Freshmen is vocal heaven, but musically it represents everything bad about the decade.
Grade: B Continue reading “Nostalgic” doesn’t mean “good”