The Last Time We Saw Paris // Dave Brubeck (Columbia CS 9672)

On this day fifty years ago (well, it was the 13th when I wrote this), the Dave Brubeck Quartet played their last European concert.  Luckily, the music made that night was recorded and pressed onto wax. The Music Tune:  "These Foolish Things" Recorded:  13 November, 1967 in Paris, France Personnel: Paul Desmond-  Alto Sax Dave [...]

Shining Hour- Live At The Trident // Denny Zeitlin (Columbia CL 2463)

Jazz fans like to know the musicians that most jazz fans don't know.  It's almost like a secret rite of passage, being familiar with the jazz musicians that seemed to have slipped through the cracks of history and praise.  Yeah, Miles was great, but what about Kenny Dorham?  Oscar Peterson had chops, but so did [...]

Priceless Editions // Dave Brubeck (Columbia 4-PE 12)

The Music Tune:  Don't Worry 'Bout Me Recorded:  Early (March?) 1954; location dubious Personnel: Paul Desmond-  Alto Sax Dave Brubeck-  Piano Bob Bates-  Bass Joe Dodge-  Drums Another Brubeck rarity and oddity, with a mysterious background to match.  This 7" 45rpm contains just one performance, a live recording of the Brubeck quartet playing 'Don't Worry [...]

At Newport // Dave Brubeck Quartet, J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding Quintet (Columbia CL 932)

Another album featuring music from the Newport Jazz Festival, this time from the year 1956, and another live album from the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  Like most jazz records, particularly Brubeck's, this album has a mysterious backstory. The Music Tune:  'In Your Own Sweet Way' Recorded 6 July, 1956 at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode [...]

In Europe // Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia CS 8128)

After a brief hiatus due to finals and end-of-the-year projects and assignments, I am back!  What, you thought the 'college' in 'College Jazz Collector' was for decoration? The Music Tune:  'Tangerine' Recorded live 5 March, 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark Personnel Dave Brubeck:  Piano Paul Desmond:  Alto Sax Eugene Wright:  Bass Joe Morello:  Drums This album [...]

Concert By The Sea // Erroll Garner

If there's one thing anybody who knows me (or anybody who doesn't know me but lets me talk to them long enough) is aware of, it's that I'm a Californian through and through, despite my temporary residence in Alabama.  One thing that Alabama has that California does not is seasons, and after suffering through another [...]

My Funny Valentine // Miles Davis (CS 9106)

This is one of my favorite Miles albums.  Tastefully recorded under electric circumstances, this live album comes from a 1964 benefit concert, and the material from this concert was put out on two records, this being one of them.  Interestingly, Columbia decided to put the more upbeat, faster tunes on one album (Four And More) [...]