“The King Cole Trio” was the first album to ever top the Billboard charts. It’s also one of Nat King Cole’s best releases.
“Folk Songs of the Hills,” released by Merle Travis in 1947, is a pleasant listen and a good history lesson.
“A Presentation of Progressive Jazz” topped the charts in 1948. It remains one of Stan Kenton’s best albums.
Duke Ellington’s “Liberian Suite” was commissioned to celebrate the country’s centennial. It was released as an album in 1948.
In 1941, blues legend Lead Belly released an album of children’s songs called “Play Parties in Song and Dance.”
Read this album review of “Rockin’ with Wanda,” a compilation album from one of the first woman rock ‘n’ rollers.
From blues to folk to early jazz, here are the 50 best songs of the 1920s.
Released at the tail end of his legendary Capitol years, “Nice ‘n’ Easy” is the last great Frank Sinatra album.
“Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus” is the jazz musician’s first headlong exploration into the avant-garde.
From early electronic music to serialist experimentation, read about the Top 25 Classical Works of the 1950s.
“Blues & Roots” finds Charles Mingus exploring the sounds of his childhood: gospel, spirituals and, of course, the blues.
Originally released in 1960, Mingus Dynasty is a transitional album for the iconic jazz bassist, featuring a wide array of exotic influences.