What Is There To Say? // Gerry Mulligan (Columbia CL 1307)

It's another soggy grey day here in north Alabama, and as such, out comes the reflective music.  Here's a record I found during my cross-country tour this summer.  To the music! The Music The Tune:  "Festive Minor" Recorded:  15 January, 1959 in New York City Personnel: Gerry Mulligan-  Baritone Sax Art Farmer-  Trumpet Bill Crow-  [...]

Desmond’s Quotes – Live From Chicago’s Blue Note 1953

It's high-time for another installment of 'Desmond's Quotes', and this one's a bit unusual.  This post features performances taken from radio broadcasts of the Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Blue Note in Chicago, Illinois.  Recorded in March of 1953, these recordings find the group on fire, Paul Desmond especially so.  Aside from showing his tasty [...]

Europa Jazz // Dave Brubeck (Europa Jazz EJ-1032)

After a momentary break, it's time to get back to some Brubeck, the reason why I began this website!  This is one of those rarer bootleg albums, where the information surrounding the recording is actually pretty well-documented.  It's the album pressing itself that is confusing and unclear.  With that, on to the music we go! [...]

Jazz For Surf-niks, Vol.2 // The Australian All-Stars (Bethlehem BCP 6073)

Before politics completely prevents it, here's another album that was not made in America, but in the land out back, down under, but not in the upside down- Australia!  There's not much more to add, so to the music we go! The Music The Tune:  "Decidedly" Recorded: 1960 in Sydney, Australia Personnel: Don Burrows-  Clarinet [...]

The Playboy Jazz All-Stars // Various Artists (Playboy Records PB #1957)

This is an album I've been looking forward to writing about from the moment I created this blog.  The product of Playboy Magazine's first jazz poll, Hugh Hefner decided to create an album to honor the winners of the poll.  By releasing such a project, Hefner and the folks at Playboy provided a snapshot of [...]

Happy Birthday Cal Tjader!

Say what you want about social media and its terrible effect on culture, but today it proved its worth.  Scrolling through Twitter this morning, I was informed through a tweet that it was Cal Tjader's birthday.  Born 93 years ago on this date, July 16, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, Tjader's family relocated to the [...]

Brubeck’s Notes – Someday My Prince Will Come

Following up on Mr. Lodge's excellent analysis of Paul Desmond's solo on a live performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come" dating from the 1970's, here's another post with another look at another live performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come". This performance stems from an early 1960's appearance by the Dave Brubeck Quartet at [...]