1953: Dave Brubeck Quartet Discography

1953 was a banner year for the Brubeck Quartet. Their popularity on college campuses exploded and Brubeck and Desmond were quickly becoming jazz stars. The group recorded two of the best live albums in their voluminous discography. 1953 also saw another personnel change in the band with the exit of bassist Wyatt Ruther and the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]