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 [...]

Gerry Mulligan And The Concert Jazz Band At The Village Vanguard // Gerry Mulligan (Verve V-8396)

After exploring the arranged side of jazz, let's move to another major sub-genre of jazz:  'Live jazz'.  Live jazz is arguably the best type of jazz, the most free, most spontaneous type of jazz.  The musicians feed off the energy of the audience, and the audience is in turn energized by the musicians.  Everybody is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thelonious Monk Newport ’59 // Thelonious Monk (Concert Vault CVLP-001)

Live jazz is often the best kind of jazz, and live jazz albums are next best thing to actually experiencing live jazz.  Live albums are like time machines, transporting you to the scene of the recording.  The older the album is, the better the time travel experience.  One place I'd love to travel back to [...]

Dave Brubeck, Leonard Bernstein, Dialogue For Jazz Combo & Orchestra // Ozone (Ozone 14)

This is the big one.  The unicorn.  The white whale.  The record that woke the vinyl collector within me.  The search for this record took years, but this year the vinyl gods smiled on me, and I am now the owner of this rare bootleg album.  One of the reasons why I've been on the [...]

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 [...]