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: [...]

Jazz Concert // George Shearing (Capitol ST 1992)

Taking a break from grails and expensive records, I want to get back to the main reason why I started writing about records in the first place- my love for the albums that I don't see talked about much, the underappreciated or plain ignored jazz records and artists that deserve another listen. Like George Shearing. [...]

Dearly Beloved // Stanley Turrentine (Blue Note 4081)

In the jazz record collecting circle, there are records that everyone wants, there are records that are rare, and there's records that are expensive. Then there's holy grails. Ask a record collector what a grail is, and they'll probably rattle off a few Blue Note albums, like Lee Morgan's 'Vol. 3' (which I accidentally grabbed [...]

Eddie Harris Bossa Nova // Eddie Harris (Vee-Jay LP 3034)

Today marks the official beginning of the summer season, and what a beautiful, sunny day it is here in north Alabama. To celebrate the start of summer, I thought it'd be fun to spotlight some of my favorite records with a summer vibe. Since I kinda really hate the song "Summertime" (sorry not sorry Gershwin), [...]

A Series of Series

If there's one thing Raggy Waltz enjoys more than anything, it's starting a series. If there's one thing that Raggy Waltz enjoys more than starting series, it's abandoning a series soon after it began. In a remarkable example of both, a series was developed and thought up, but then just as I began to really [...]