Something Blue // Paul Horn, HiFi Jazz J615

West Coast jazz.  Maybe it's because I'm a Californian, but I think some of the most stimulating, consistently interesting jazz was made near the Pacific Ocean.  The glory days of West Coast jazz were the early 1950's, hitting their stride in the latter half of the 1950's, and they ended around 1960.  The West Coast [...]

Jamal At The Penthouse // Ahmad Jamal, Argo LP 646

A string orchestra in a jazz setting has always been an uneasy relationship, going back to the 1930's.  Many critics deride such Mozart-meets-jazz mashups, claiming the strings sound too sweet and syrupy, that they don't swing, or that they overpower the music so that it's not jazz anymore.  For the most part, those are fair [...]