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 [...]

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 [...]