“The drawing on the cover and the liner notes, such as they are, are rather silly, but the music on this brief, but enjoyable, CD reissue (subtitled ‘For People Who Hate Jazz’) features some fine [More]
Tanganyika (subtitled Modern Afro-American Jazz) is an album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Buddy Collette recorded at sessions in late 1956 and released on Johnny Otis’ short-lived Dig label. “This set, presented by disc jockey Sleepy [More]
Winter Moon is a 1981 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with Stanley Cowell, Howard Roberts, Cecil McBee, Carl Burnett and strings arranged and conducted by Bill Holman  and Jimmy Bond. “There are people [More]
“Harry Babasin was (along with Oscar Pettiford) probably the first bassist to play jazz cello. This LP reissue of a set originally for the MOD (Music of the Day) label features Babasin’s Jazz Pickers (a [More]
“Bassist Herman “Trigger” Alpert had an illustrious career. A muscular time-keeper with a refined sense of swing, he began recording in February 1940 in Frankie Trumbauer’s orchestra while touring with Alvino Rey’s band. That’s where [More]
Rocco Scott LaFaro (April 3, 1936 – July 6, 1961) was an American jazz double bassist known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio. Track listing: A1 Making Whoopee 5:25 A2 In Your Own [More]
“During his two years on the Riverside label (1958-59), smooth-faced, square-jawed son of the heartland Chet Baker was an end-of-the-Eisenhower-era dreamboat, and as soft-spoken a vocalist as he was a trumpet player—unless tackling hard bop, [More]
Cool Cat, (subtitled Chet Baker Plays, Chet Baker Sings) is an album by trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker which was recorded in 1986 and released on the Dutch Timeless label. “A pleasant set, distinguished for decent versions [More]
Guitar Moods is an album by American jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe featuring tracks recorded in 1956 for the Riverside label. “This is very much a chamber jazz set. Mundell Lowe plays “Our Waltz” as an [More]
“Tis the season (again? already?), and along with the usual relentless merchandising we get the new flock of Christmas jazz. So, striking an ecumenical note, here’s the question: why is this Christmas CD different from [More]