Concert On The Campus // Cal Tjader (Fantasy OJC 279)

Taking a (momentary) break from Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, here's another college concert album, this time recorded on the Best Coast in California.  Following the example of his one-time leader Dave Brubeck (told you it was momentary), Cal Tjader took his good vibes directly to the students via college appearances.  Luckily, Fantasy had a [...]

Jazz At Oberlin // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3-11)

No, this is not deja vu.  Well, it is but it isn't.  This may technically be the same album as the one I just wrote about, but there's a two-inch difference that is rather significant.  Does size matter?  To the music! The Music The Tune:  "The Way You Look Tonight" Recorded:  2 March, 1953 at [...]

Jazz At Oberlin // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3245)

Due to recent events, I decided to switch gears a bit and delve into another form of live jazz:  Jazz with a learned twist.  And if you want to talk about jazz at college, there's no better place to start than the granddaddy of all college jazz albums.The Music The Tune:  "Perdido" Recorded:  2 March, [...]

A Night At The Blackhawk // Cal Tjader (Fantasy F-8026)

Continuing the exploration of jazz clubs via records in my collection, and after checking clubs out on the eastern side of the United States, this post marks our foray into the West Coast scene.  Naturally, we start in California, and if we're in California, naturally we begin in San Francisco.  And if we're in San [...]

Jazz At Storyville // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3240)

After spending time in the jazz capital of the world (New York City), it's time to explore some other jazz clubs.  But before we leave the East Coast, there's another spot that is worth checking out.  We're headed to Massachusetts.  The city?  Boston.  The club?  Storyville.  It's another exploration in 'Nightclub Jazz', the sub-genre of [...]

The Cal Tjader Trio // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 3-9)

After writing a piece profiling a 10-inch record, my interest in the other 10-inchers in my collection grew.  Those clunky relics of the early 1950's are actually pretty neat.  Especially when they come in crazy colors, like this album! The Music Tune:  "Chopsticks Mambo" Recorded:  November 1951 in California Personnel: Cal Tjader-  Bongos Vince Guaraldi-  [...]

Brubeck a la Mode // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy Original Jazz Classics OJC-200)

Continuing with my habit of profiling Brubeck albums that are less-known, here's another rather obscure album that Brubeck appeared on.  Literally. The Music Tune:  One For The Kids Recorded:  May and June 1960 Personnel: Bill Smith-  Clarinet Dave Brubeck-  Piano Eugene Wright-  Bass Joe Morello-  Drums If Paul Desmond isn't on hand, and another horn [...]

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus // Vince Guaraldi Trio (Fantasy 3337)

After much traveling, both planned and unplanned, I am back!  While I did obtain quite a lot of 'new' records during my travels, here's a favorite of mine that I got by traveling to the local record store in my own neck of the woods. The Music Tune:  Samba de Orpheus Tune:  Manha de Carnival [...]