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Desmond’s Quotes- The Way You Look Tonight

Dave_Brubeck_and_Paul_Desmond_at_Birdland__Marcel_FleissAG335 After focusing on records for so long, this post is a change of pace and a return to one of the original reasons why I started my blog in the first place:  Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck!  In this edition of ‘Desmond’s Quotes’, I finally and actually solve a mystery that was sparked by something I read in a book. Continue reading

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At Newport // Dave Brubeck Quartet, J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding Quintet (Columbia CL 932)

Another album featuring music from the Newport Jazz Festival, this time from the year 1956, and another live album from the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  Like most jazz records, particularly Brubeck’s, this album has a mysterious backstory. Continue reading

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Thelonious Monk Newport ’59 // Thelonious Monk (Concert Vault CVLP-001)

Live jazz is often the best kind of jazz, and live jazz albums are next best thing to actually experiencing live jazz.  Live albums are like time machines, transporting you to the scene of the recording.  The older the album is, the better the time travel experience.  One place I’d love to travel back to is the Newport Jazz Festival during it’s infancy of the 1950’s, when giants walked the earth.  Well, jazz giants like Thelonious Monk. Continue reading

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Dave Brubeck, Leonard Bernstein, Dialogue For Jazz Combo & Orchestra // Ozone (Ozone 14)

This is the big one.  The unicorn.  The white whale.  The record that woke the vinyl collector within me.  The search for this record took years, but this year the vinyl gods smiled on me, and I am now the owner of this rare bootleg album.  One of the reasons why I’ve been on the hunt for this album is because it’s only available on vinyl.  It was because of this and other rare Brubeck and Desmond music that’s only on vinyl that started me on the journey of record collecting.  Naturally, this record has a rather unconventional background.  But first… Continue reading

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In Europe // Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia CS 8128)

After a brief hiatus due to finals and end-of-the-year projects and assignments, I am back!  What, you thought the ‘college’ in ‘College Jazz Collector’ was for decoration? Continue reading

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In Concert 1964 // Dave Brubeck (Jazz Connoisseur ‎– ♩C 003)

Update!

After some correspondence with a reader, I opted to change the date for this recording.  You can find the illuminating comments below this post in the comment section.  To celebrate, I’ve included another track from the album.  Enjoy!

This is a big one.  The search for this album (as well as another rare Brubeck album) is the reason why I got into vinyl.  This quite rare bootleg album is only available on vinyl, and as such the only way to hear it is by tracking down a copy.   Continue reading

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Jazz At The Blackhawk // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 3241)

In addition to being infatuated with Latin music, Cal Tjader was a tasty straight-ahead jazz musician and one of the more famous jazz musicians to come from the West Coast.  A native of San Francisco, Cal’s group was a frequent denizen of the jazz clubs in the Bay Area, and called one club in particular home. Continue reading

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