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Jamal At The Penthouse // Ahmad Jamal, Argo LP 646

A string orchestra in a jazz setting has always been an uneasy relationship, going back to the 1930’s.  Many critics deride such Mozart-meets-jazz mashups, claiming the strings sound too sweet and syrupy, that they don’t swing, or that they overpower the music so that it’s not jazz anymore.   Continue reading

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Cal Tjader Quintet // Cal Tjader, Fantasy 3232

The Music

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Birth Of The Cool // Miles Davis

Miles Davis.  What’s there to be said about Miles that hasn’t been already said?  He was a cool dude who played an even cooler trumpet.   Continue reading

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Dave Digs Disney //Dave Brubeck

To start off this journey as College Jazz Collector, I figured I should start off with this Brubeck album, for a few reasons.  First (and most importantly), it’s the Dave Brubeck Quartet; I almost HAD to.  Secondly, this is probably my all-time favorite jazz album.  And thirdly, this album was recorded exactly 60 years ago in 1957, which is a neat coincidence. Continue reading

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