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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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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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Ritmo Caliente! // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 8077)

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Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus // Vince Guaraldi Trio (Fantasy 3337)

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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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Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete, And Friends // Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy 3356)

Most people probably wouldn’t recognize the name Vince Guaraldi, but most people would immediately recognize his music that ran as the soundtrack to numerous Charlie Brown ‘Peanuts’ television specials.  From the classic Charlie Brown theme ‘Linus and Lucy’ to the Christmas standard ‘Christmastime Is Here’, Vince’s music is loved by many, even if they don’t know it. Continue reading

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Something Blue // Paul Horn, HiFi Jazz J615

West Coast jazz.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Californian, but I think some of the most stimulating, consistently interesting jazz was made near the Pacific Ocean.   Continue reading

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