Collaboration // The Modern Jazz Quartet With Laurindo Almeida (Atlantic SD 1429)

If it's cool jazz, but comes from the East Coast, is it still cool jazz?  The Modern Jazz Quartet sure played as cool and as relaxed as any West Coast group during the 1950's, but somehow avoided the scathing criticism that most West Coast groups endured.  At any rate, Milt Jackson's cooking vibes and John [...]

At Newport // Dave Brubeck Quartet, J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding Quintet (Columbia CL 932)

Another album featuring music from the Newport Jazz Festival, this time from the year 1956, and another live album from the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  Like most jazz records, particularly Brubeck's, this album has a mysterious backstory. The Music Tune:  'In Your Own Sweet Way' Recorded 6 July, 1956 at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode [...]

Thelonious Monk Newport ’59 // Thelonious Monk (Concert Vault CVLP-001)

Live jazz is often the best kind of jazz, and live jazz albums are next best thing to actually experiencing live jazz.  Live albums are like time machines, transporting you to the scene of the recording.  The older the album is, the better the time travel experience.  One place I'd love to travel back to [...]

Dave Brubeck, Leonard Bernstein, Dialogue For Jazz Combo & Orchestra // Ozone (Ozone 14)

This is the big one.  The unicorn.  The white whale.  The record that woke the vinyl collector within me.  The search for this record took years, but this year the vinyl gods smiled on me, and I am now the owner of this rare bootleg album.  One of the reasons why I've been on the [...]

Airmail Special // Lionel Hampton, with Oscar Peterson & Buddy DeFranco (Verve MG V-8106)

After a string of West Coast jazz musicians, I figured I should probably spotlight some of my other albums.  Go east, young man! The Music Tune:  'The Way You Look Tonight' Recorded 1953 or 1954 in New York City Personnel: Lionel Hampton- Vibraharp Buddy DeFranco- Clarinet Oscar Peterson- Piano Ray Brown- Bass Buddy Rich- Drums [...]

In Europe // Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia CS 8128)

After a brief hiatus due to finals and end-of-the-year projects and assignments, I am back!  What, you thought the 'college' in 'College Jazz Collector' was for decoration? The Music Tune:  'Tangerine' Recorded live 5 March, 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark Personnel Dave Brubeck:  Piano Paul Desmond:  Alto Sax Eugene Wright:  Bass Joe Morello:  Drums This album [...]