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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. Continue reading

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Jazz At Storyville // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3240)

Back to vinyl, back to records.  This post is a nod to Dave Brubeck.  Specifically, it’s a post in honor of Dave Brubeck, who passed away five years ago on December 5th, 2012.  He was 91, a day shy of his 92nd birthday.  To celebrate (and reflect), I wanted to profile an Brubeck album of mine, but one that wasn’t ‘Time Out’.  Not that that isn’t a good album.  Everybody knows about that one, from the kool kid hipster to the good folks at NPR, and I’m sure representatives from both demographics will be talking about it today.  No, I wanted to profile an unconventional album that still manages to display Brubeck’s talents.  With that in mind, I chose the album that was Paul Desmond’s personal favorite, ‘Jazz At Storyville’. Continue reading

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The Boots Mussulli Quartet // Boots Mussulli (Capitol T-6506)

The Music

Tune:  “Mutt and Jeff” Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Lennie Niehaus, Vol.1- “The Quintets” // Lennie Niehaus (Contemporary C3518)

Talking to a friend after class the other day, she made a comment that I looked like the type to play cello in a jazz band.  That made me think about West Coast jazz and how funny her comment was in that context, which led me to a hankering for some West Coast jazz.  The next few posts are a result of that hankering. Continue reading

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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 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)

The Music


Tune:  Mr. X

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

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