Jazz Impressions of Eurasia // Dave Brubeck (Columbia CS 8058)

Back to the 'Better Than 'Time Out'' series of Brubeck albums, which is Raggy Waltz's (admittedly protracted) celebration of Dave Brubeck's December birthday. For this installment, here's an album that was recorded a year before 'Time Out' and like that album is all-original material. Music to the! The Music The Tune: "Nomad"Recorded: 25 July, 1958 [...]

Jazz For Young Moderns // Anthony Ortega (Bethlehem BCP 79)

I know this is supposed to be a Brubeck record in accordance with my series of 'Better Than 'Time Out' Brubeck Albums', but a recent trip to the local record store yielded some fantastic finds that I have been spinning on the turntable nonstop ever since. Two albums in particular have been in constant rotation [...]

Jazz Impressions of Japan // Dave Brubeck (Columbia CS 2212)

Here at Raggy Waltz, we're celebrating the birthday of Dave Brubeck all month long by profiling different albums that I think are just as great or better than Brubeck's much-acclaimed 'Time Out' album.  We know about that one, so let's hear about the other ones.  Last week I talked about another time-themed album of Brubeck's.  [...]

A New Perspective // Donald Byrd & Voices (Blue Note BLP 4124)

Here at Raggy Waltz, we're open about our rather biased approach to record collecting and listening.  West Coast is the best the coast.  Prestige and Blue Note albums are constantly pontificated on amongst most jazz record collectors, so why continue the trend here if you can read it elsewhere?  Long live Fantasy, Pacific Jazz, and [...]

Bags Groove //Miles Davis (Prestige 7109)

Look out world.  After having written a post about an original Blue Note album, here comes my first post about an original Prestige album.  Mama I made it. The Music The Tune:  "Airegin" Recorded:  29 June, 1954 in Hackensack, NJ Personnel: Miles Davis-  Trumpet Sonny Rollins-  Tenor Sax Horace Silver-  Piano Percy Heath-  Bass Kenny [...]