In Concert 1964 // Dave Brubeck (Jazz Connoisseur ‎– ♩C 003)

Update! After some correspondence with a reader, I opted to change the date for this recording.  You can find the illuminating comments below this post in the comment section.  To celebrate, I've included another track from the album.  Enjoy! This is a big one.  The search for this album (as well as another rare Brubeck [...]

Jazz At The Blackhawk // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 3241)

In addition to being infatuated with Latin music, Cal Tjader was a tasty straight-ahead jazz musician and one of the more famous jazz musicians to come from the West Coast.  A native of San Francisco, Cal's group was a frequent denizen of the jazz clubs in the Bay Area, and called one club in particular [...]

Some Other Time, The Lost Session From The Black Forest // Bill Evans (Resonance HLP- 9019)

Continuing with my month-long celebration of the first full month of spring, I decided to spotlight one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time, the late and very great Bill Evans.  His version of "I'll Remember April" comes from an old yet new album, recorded in 1968 but released on Record Store Day [...]

Flute, Brass Vibes and Percussion // Herbie Mann (Verve V6- 8392)

Rolling right along with the musical celebration of April, the first full month of spring, here's an interesting album from the late flutist Herbie Mann.  Mann was a dedicated bebopper, but in the late 1950's and into the 1960's, he delved into world music, particularly Afro-Cuban and Latin music, and created some intriguing music in [...]

Concert By The Sea // Erroll Garner

If there's one thing anybody who knows me (or anybody who doesn't know me but lets me talk to them long enough) is aware of, it's that I'm a Californian through and through, despite my temporary residence in Alabama.  One thing that Alabama has that California does not is seasons, and after suffering through another [...]