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 [...]

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 Jazz Messengers At The Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1 (Blue Note BLP 1507)

For the past few posts, I've been using the sub-genres of jazz to explore and rediscover my record collection.  We looked at 'arranger jazz', and then moved to live jazz, specifically 'jazz club jazz'.  In the last post, we stepped into the Village Vanguard, a New York City jazz club.  Before leaving the state, we're [...]