A New Perspective // Donald Byrd & Voices (Blue Note BLP 4124)

Here at Raggy Waltz, we're open about our rather biased approach to record collecting and listening.  West Coast is the best the coast.  Prestige and Blue Note albums are constantly pontificated on amongst most jazz record collectors, so why continue the trend here if you can read it elsewhere?  Long live Fantasy, Pacific Jazz, and [...]

Bags Groove //Miles Davis (Prestige 7109)

Look out world.  After having written a post about an original Blue Note album, here comes my first post about an original Prestige album.  Mama I made it. The Music The Tune:  "Airegin" Recorded:  29 June, 1954 in Hackensack, NJ Personnel: Miles Davis-  Trumpet Sonny Rollins-  Tenor Sax Horace Silver-  Piano Percy Heath-  Bass Kenny [...]

Straight, No Chaser // Thelonious Monk (Columbia CS 9451)

Born 101 years ago on this day in October, Thelonious Monk's birthday is a great excuse to put a record or two of his on the turntable.  My record of choice? The Music The Tune:  "Straight, No Chaser" Recorded:  1966-67 Personnel: Charlie Rouse:  Tenor Sax Thelonious Monk:  Piano Larry Gales:  Bass Ben Riley:  Drums Considering [...]

Summertime // Paul Desmond (A&M SP 3015)

Speaking of "Summertime"... The Music The Tune:  "Samba With Some Barbecue" Recorded:  20 November, 1968 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ Personnel: (deep breath...) Paul Desmond-  Alto Sax Paul Faulise, Bill Watrous, and Kai Winding-  Trombone John Eckert, Joe Shepley, and Marvin Stamm-  Trumpet/Flugelhorn Ray Alonge and Tony Miranda-  French Horn Joe Beck-  Guitar [...]

Something’s Coming! // Gary Burton (RCA Victor LSP-2880)

Summertime, and the living was somewhat easy.  I'm not sure if the fish were jumping, but here in Alabama the cotton is indeed high (acres of land alongside the roads around town are full of fields of cotton.  Yep, this is ALABAMA Alabama).  The calendar says it's now officially Fall, but nobody told the weather [...]

What Is There To Say? // Gerry Mulligan (Columbia CL 1307)

It's another soggy grey day here in north Alabama, and as such, out comes the reflective music.  Here's a record I found during my cross-country tour this summer.  To the music! The Music The Tune:  "Festive Minor" Recorded:  15 January, 1959 in New York City Personnel: Gerry Mulligan-  Baritone Sax Art Farmer-  Trumpet Bill Crow-  [...]

Europa Jazz // Dave Brubeck (Europa Jazz EJ-1032)

After a momentary break, it's time to get back to some Brubeck, the reason why I began this website!  This is one of those rarer bootleg albums, where the information surrounding the recording is actually pretty well-documented.  It's the album pressing itself that is confusing and unclear.  With that, on to the music we go! [...]