• さくらの歌を集めてみた。

    3 Apr 2015, 17:11 by jingozaemon

  • hard bop & related albums (in progress)

    26 May 2012, 05:17 by kmullin

    This is a list of and hard boppish albums. Recently, i’ve been feeling for hard bop – especially albums i havent really listened to much. And, i’m hoping to learn something.

    Many are prototypical hard bop. Some are marginally hard bop. And, some are more , whatever that means. Some are somewhat cool (as in ), others somewhat . And, sometimes creeps in. In other words, they kinda make up the mainstream trends in jazz and are mostly hard boplike. But, you should always let the music speak for itself – this is just for fun. (Theres not really any here.)

    Many of the albums are classic. Most are major works of art and craft. I dont know if i dig all the albums, but most are pretty good. If you check out about a quarter of these albums, you’ll get a real good idea of what is if it’s anything at all.

    This is a long list because jazz is big. There are top 10 or top 100 lists, but this is a mother. …
  • The Delightful 50 of the 50's! (Best Albums 1950-1959)

    27 Dec 2010, 10:15 by thomas10

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    1 Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    (1959)
    Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of "So What". From that moment on, the record never really changes pace -- each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. It's the pinnacle of modal jazz -- tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality. All of this doesn't quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've memorized every nuance. …
  • McCoy Tyner--Where to start?

    28 Jul 2008, 21:01 by beelzbubba

    Quoth zorzynek:
    McCoy Tyner live was one of the best things that happened to me in past few years. I see You're heavily listening to that guy. I never got into his discography. Any ideas what should I check out first? (Of course, I know his recordings with Trane, it's solo records I'm interested in.) Thanks in advance.


    I'll divide Tyner's magnificent career as a leader into four phases:

    • Tyner as a leader while still in the Coltrane Quartet
    • Tyner on Blue Note after the Coltrane Quartet
    • Tyner on Milestone 1972-1981
    • Tyner after Milestone/1981 onward


      Tyner's albums on Impulse! are more tentative but also more lyrical and romantic than his middle period recordings. He is still in the Trane quartet at this time and so is not as assertive as he would be as he matured--but he was still in his early 20s at the time, so it is understandable.

      Reaching Fourth is probably my favorite of that period, a trio setting--something he wouldn't record again for another dozen years or so--and it is lovely. …
  • R.I.P Fuerza Gigante - Ray Barretto - Conguero King

    18 Feb 2006, 23:35 by dvoodoo

    Conga King - Ray Barretto - R.I.P



    This week we learned that Ray Barretto, a percussionist extraordinaire and legend in the Salsa & latin Jazz music community has left the scene. While I was raised a souless white boy and not aware enough to be a big fan or expert, one cannot help but be impressed with the lively beats, musical prowess, exhuberance and overall spirit present in his music. Besides how can I not love a musician whose whose first solo album for Fania in 1967 was called "Acid".

    Born of Puerto Rican descendence in Brooklyn during the depression, he lived with his mother in East Harlem, The Bronx and other low rent "boricua" districts before he joined the army, where in the latter 1940's he heard Dizzy Gillespie's hard bebop. The young man was transfixed by Manteca," which featured conguero Chano Pozo.

    He started sitting in at a Munich jazz club, and after his discharge, by the early 50's he was playing regularly at clubs like The Bucket of Blood. …