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 [...]

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 Immortal // Clifford Brown- Featuring Zoot Sims (Pacific Jazz PJ-3)

As a record collector, I collect records.  Obviously, right?  But as my friends say, there's a message in there somewhere.  In the course of collecting records, there are albums that get played once, twice, or for a season, only to be put back on the shelf, forgotten and neglected.  Having bought a new turntable that's [...]

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-  [...]

Gerry Mulligan Quartet // Gerry Mulligan (Pacific Jazz PJLP-1)

This record marked the fruitful beginning of both Gerry Mulligan's West Coast piano-less sound and the Pacific Jazz Records label.  Both would do much to popularize the laid-back, more academic sound of jazz that blew in from the Coast.  All of that began in 1952 with this album. The Music Tune:  "Walkin' Shoes" Recorded:  15-16 [...]

All Night Session Vol. 1 // Hampton Hawes (Contemporary C3545)

The Music Hampton Hawes, a fellow Californian, may be closely tied to West Coast jazz, but there's nothing cool or relaxed about his playing.  Especially on this series of records, his playing sounds more like a horn, spitting out line after line of percussive piano.  Only the easy swing and the presence of Jim Hall's [...]

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 [...]