Jazz Concert // George Shearing (Capitol ST 1992)

Taking a break from grails and expensive records, I want to get back to the main reason why I started writing about records in the first place- my love for the albums that I don't see talked about much, the underappreciated or plain ignored jazz records and artists that deserve another listen. Like George Shearing. [...]

At The Pershing: But Not For Me // Ahmad Jamal (Argo LP 628)

Here's the record that caused me to re-examine why I buy jazz records. Here's the record that re-sparked my excitement and love towards records. And at the end of the day, here's an album that has some fantastic music on it. The Music The Tune: "Poinciana"Recorded: 16 January, 1958 at the Pershing Hotel, Chicago, ILPersonnel: [...]

The New Wave In Jazz // Various Artists (Impulse A-90)

It's February 1st, which is the beginning of Black History Month here in the States. At the Raggy Waltz offices, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting albums made by black artists. To kick off the official start of February, here's quite possibly the most unpretentiously black album I own. With that, to the music! [...]

Europa Jazz // Dave Brubeck (Europa Jazz EJ-1032)

After a momentary break, it's time to get back to some Brubeck, the reason why I began this website!  This is one of those rarer bootleg albums, where the information surrounding the recording is actually pretty well-documented.  It's the album pressing itself that is confusing and unclear.  With that, on to the music we go! [...]

Saturday Night/ Sunday Night At The Blackhawk, San Francisco // Cal Tjader (Verve V6-8459)

Whenever I travel, I like to find the local record store and see what's what.  You never know what you'll find.  On a recent trip to San Francisco, not only did I want to check out a local record store- I wanted to find records by San Francisco's native jazz sons.  I succeeded, in more [...]

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 [...]