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), [...]

Them Dirty Blues // Cannonball Adderley – Featuring Nat Adderley (Riverside RLP 12-322)

Periodically, I'm really into a particular artist and their music. A few months ago it was Shirley Scott (actually, it's still Shirley Scott). Before that, it was Cannonball Adderley. Now? Back to Cannonball. I don't have many of his albums, but the few that I do have are spending much of their time these days [...]

Spring Sequence // Ralph Burns (Jazztone J-1228)

The leaves are back on the trees, the sun is finally working again, and birds are building nests once again. Spring has sprang! I mean sprung. But also sprang. Keep reading to understand what I'm talking about. To the music! The Music The Tune: "Bijou"Recorded: 1955Personnel: Ralph Burns- PianoJimmy Raney- GuitarClyde Lombardi- BassOsie Johnson- Drums [...]

In Pursuit of The 27th Man // Horace Silver (Blue Note BN-LA054-F)

This is a special post for a couple of reasons. First, it's Horace Silver. Any Horace Silver album is special. The other reason? Keep on reading. To the music! The Music The Tune: "Gregory Is Here"Recorded: 10 November, 1972 at Englewood Cliffs, NJPersonnel: Randy Brecker- Trumpet & FluglehornMichael Brecker- Tenor SaxHorace Silver- PianoBob Cranshaw- Electric [...]