In Person At El Matador // Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’65 ( Atlantic SD 8112)

Much has happened since I last did something on this here humble blogsite (new job, new state), but what hasn't happened is bossa nova. Considering it's nearly the end of summer, this is all the more egregious. In light of this serious situation, here's a tasty little album of bossa nova from one of the [...]

Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh // Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh (Atlantic 1217)

The Music Tune:  Topsy Recorded:  14 June, 1955 in New York City Personnel: Lee Konitz-  Alto Sax Warne Marsh-  Tenor Sax Billy Bauer-  Guitar Oscar Pettiford-  Bass Kenny Clarke-  Drums Yet again, the song I happened to profile happens to be one that identify with on spiritual level.  It was unplanned and unintentional.  This track [...]

Soul Brothers // Milt Jackson & Ray Charles (Atlantic 1279)

The Music Tune:  How Long Blues Recorded:  12 September, 1957 in New York City Personnel: Milt Jackson-  Vibraharp, piano Ray Charles-  Piano, alto sax Billy Mitchell-  Tenor Sax Skeeter Best-  Guitar Oscar Pettiford-  Bass Connie Kay-  Drums As the start of classes and all the stress and sleepless nights that go with it draws near, [...]

The Swinger From Rio // Sergio Mendes feat. Art Farmer and Phil Woods (Atlantic SD 1434)

After unexpected travel, I am back at my computer.  And when I say unexpected, I mean exhausting, and when I'm exhausted, there's nothing like bossa nova to aurally scratch my back and help me relax.  Out of the many jazz bossa nova albums out there, this relatively obscure title by one of those most unobscure [...]

Collaboration // The Modern Jazz Quartet With Laurindo Almeida (Atlantic SD 1429)

If it's cool jazz, but comes from the East Coast, is it still cool jazz?  The Modern Jazz Quartet sure played as cool and as relaxed as any West Coast group during the 1950's, but somehow avoided the scathing criticism that most West Coast groups endured.  At any rate, Milt Jackson's cooking vibes and John [...]