The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco // Cannonball Adderley (Riverside RLP 12-311)

2019 is almost over and I have a ton of albums that I've acquired throughout the year that I haven't yet gotten around to writing about. In the waning days of the decade, I'm attempting to correct that. The last time I was back home in California this past March, I made a stop by [...]

Take 95

Yesterday, November 25 2019, would have marked Paul Desmond's 95th birthday. Unfortunately, his penchant for smoking cigarettes cut his life short in 1977 at the age of 52. Here at Raggy Waltz, everyday is Desmond Day, so I struggled to come up with something special for his birthday this year. I didn't want to merely [...]

1955: Dave Brubeck Quartet Discography

Building off of the success from the previous year, 1955 was a year of continued growth. The Brubeck Quartet continued their numerous club appearances while simultaneously touring college campuses. Although signed to Columbia Records, Brubeck still had obligations to Fantasy Records. Fantasy thus continued to release "new" material from the Brubeck group, much of it [...]

Paul Desmond Quartet Featuring Don Elliott // Fantasy 3235

There aren't very many albums that I can listen to nonstop repeatedly day and night for years without needing to shelve it for a while. Even fewer are albums that continue to surprise me with each listen, almost becoming more fresh with each play. This record is one of those rarities. The Music The Tune: [...]