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

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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 laid-back guitar remind you that this was recorded on the Best Coast (no typo). Continue reading

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Max Roach Plus Four // Max Roach (Mercury/EmArcy MG 36098)

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Tune:  Mr. X

Recorded:  17 September, 1956 in New York City Continue reading

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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 Phineas Newborn.  One jazz musician in particular that has enjoyed an extreme lack of notoriety and celebration is Denny Zeitlin. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh // Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh (Atlantic 1217)

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Tune:  Topsy

Recorded:  14 June, 1955 in New York City Continue reading

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Soul Brothers // Milt Jackson & Ray Charles (Atlantic 1279)

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Tune:  How Long Blues

Recorded:  12 September, 1957 in New York City Continue reading

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Priceless Editions // Dave Brubeck (Columbia 4-PE 12)

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Tune:  Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me

Recorded:  Early (March?) 1954; location dubious Continue reading

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