Links to album reviews from 1958 Continue reading The Music of 1958
One of Thelonious Monk’s minor collaborations; one of Gerry Mulligan’s major works.
Grade: A- Continue reading Mulligan Meets Monk
Thelonious Monk’s greatest album.
Grade: A+ Continue reading Brilliant Corners
A rare look at Ray Charles in an instrumental jazz setting.
Grade: A- Continue reading The Great Ray Charles
Buddy Holly’s debut with The Crickets doesn’t reach the level of artistic maturity he’d soon attain.
Grade: B+ Continue reading The “Chirping” Crickets
An instrumental ode to William Shakespeare.
Grade: A- Continue reading Such Sweet Thunder
John Coltrane’s debut features many of the hallmarks that the saxophonist would later become famous for.
Grade: A- Continue reading Coltrane (1957)
Mediocre soundtrack to a mediocre film.
Grade: B+ Continue reading Loving You
Frank Sinatra sometimes seems lost without Nelson Riddle.
Grade: B+ Continue reading Where Are You?
New releases by Danny Brown, Angel Olsen & Wilco try to salvage what has been a forgettable year of music. Continue reading Danny Brown, Angel Olsen & Wilco are Here to Save 2019
“Close to You” is Frank Sinatra at his funniest.
Grade: A Continue reading Close to You – Frank Sinatra
Monk’s Music is one the pianists most essential LPs.
Grade: A Continue reading Monk’s Music