The Gerry Mulligan Songbook Volume 1 // Gerry Mulligan Feat. Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, and Allen Eager (World Pacific Records PJ-1237)

These last few posts have been an exploration in the sub-genres of jazz, using these unofficial categories as fun way to rediscover my record collection (as well as provide a systematic way to decide which record to write about next).  This post continues my focus on 'arranger jazz' with an interesting album from Gerry Mulligan. [...]

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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... The [...]

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! The [...]

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 [...]