The New Wave In Jazz // Various Artists (Impulse A-90)

It's February 1st, which is the beginning of Black History Month here in the States. At the Raggy Waltz offices, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting albums made by black artists. To kick off the official start of February, here's quite possibly the most unpretentiously black album I own. With that, to the music! [...]

Legrand Piano // Michel Legrand (Columbia CL 1441)

UPDATE: Yesterday, at 86, Michel Legrand passed away in Paris, France. A new post is forthcoming, but in the meantime, I thought it appropriate to bring this one back. It's my personal favorite Legrand album and it features Legrand's piano on all the tracks. Rest easy, Michel Legrand! Full disclosure.  This post was completely inspired [...]

Concorde // The Modern Jazz Quartet (Prestige 7005)

Over here in the United States, the month of February is Black History Month. The month of February is also the shortest month of the year. As a result of both of these facts, the staff of Raggy Waltz decided to celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting jazz albums made by black artists. Beginning now. [...]

Jazz Impressions of Eurasia // Dave Brubeck (Columbia CS 8058)

Back to the 'Better Than 'Time Out'' series of Brubeck albums, which is Raggy Waltz's (admittedly protracted) celebration of Dave Brubeck's December birthday. For this installment, here's an album that was recorded a year before 'Time Out' and like that album is all-original material. Music to the! The Music The Tune: "Nomad"Recorded: 25 July, 1958 [...]

Jazz For Young Moderns // Anthony Ortega (Bethlehem BCP 79)

I know this is supposed to be a Brubeck record in accordance with my series of 'Better Than 'Time Out' Brubeck Albums', but a recent trip to the local record store yielded some fantastic finds that I have been spinning on the turntable nonstop ever since. Two albums in particular have been in constant rotation [...]

Jazz Impressions of Japan // Dave Brubeck (Columbia CS 2212)

Here at Raggy Waltz, we're celebrating the birthday of Dave Brubeck all month long by profiling different albums that I think are just as great or better than Brubeck's much-acclaimed 'Time Out' album.  We know about that one, so let's hear about the other ones.  Last week I talked about another time-themed album of Brubeck's.  [...]