Lullaby of Birdland // Various Artists (RCA Victor LPM-1146)

Continuing with the theme of ‘arranger jazz’, here’s an album that is exactly that:  an arranger’s jazz album, taken to the extreme.  So far, I’ve spotlighted albums that featured different tunes by an arranger, made for a small group of musicians.  But what if different arrangers and groups made an album of one song… Continue reading

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Clifford Brown Memorial Album // Clifford Brown (Prestige PR 16008)

Another Clifford Brown album?  There’s a method to my madness.  The method?  Jazz is connected!  Continuing with the theme of ‘arranger jazz’, here’s another album that features a small group of musicians playing material specially written and arranged for them, this time featuring an arranger that has been making headlines recently.  To the music! Continue reading

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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 a million times better than the toy of a record player I had before, I’ve played albums I haven’t touched in years.  In doing so, I realized there’s a lot of mini-genres of jazz, and I’m not talking about hard bop verses free jazz.  There’s ‘recorded at a night club’ jazz, or ‘Newport Jazz Festival’ jazz. With this new realization, I figured I would spotlight albums in these different sub-categories, partly because it’ll be interesting and fun, and partly because it’s a great way to rediscover my record collection!  The first sub-category?  Arranger jazz,!  More specifically, jazz arranged for a small group of musicians.  To the music! Continue reading

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Desmond’s Quotes // Time After Time

Happy New Year!  I hope these first twelve (or thirteen depending where in the world you are) days have been great for you.  So, first things first- what happened to the posts about vinyl?  I’m currently between turntables.  Continue reading

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Desmond’s Quotes // Three To Get Ready

Exactly 50 years ago today, the Dave Brubeck Quartet played their last concert date as a regular unit.  After being on the road more or less constantly since 1951, Brubeck was ready for a break.  Luckily, a tape machine captured the concert, as well as some fun and excitement. Continue reading

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Desmond’s Quotes- Christmas Edition // Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

After a slate of instances where the various band members made references to Christmas tunes in their solos on non-Christmas songs, here’s an instance of the opposite.  On this, the only commercially released recording of the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond playing a Christmas song, Desmond managed to squeeze something else in there, too.  Naturally. Continue reading

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Desmond’s Quotes // Take The ‘A’ Train

In my last ‘Desmond’s Quotes’ post, I spotlighted bassist Eugene Wright and his spectacular and festive references in his bass solo, showing that Paul Desmond wasn’t the only one that could get off fun and witty quotes.  I also mentioned how cool it would be if the drummer from one of Brubeck’s groups had somehow put a Christmas quote into their drum solo.  That would be crazy right?  I mean, a drummer somehow putting any song into a drum solo would be impressive.  So imagine my surprise when I heard Joe Morello do just that.  More than once.  Yep. Continue reading

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