Saturday, March 17, 2012

Santana - Caravanserai

Caravanserai

This 1972 album by Santana is my favorite album by them. The songs are jazz fusion and Latin rock. "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation Santana", "Waves Within Santana", "Look Up (To See What's Coming Down)", "Just in Time to See the Sun", "Song of the Wind Santana", "All the Love of the Universe", "Future Primitive", "Stone Flower", "La Fuente del Ritmo", and "Every Step of the Way". A must hear album for Santana fans. I also like their Abraxas album.

Santana - Abraxas

Abraxas

Abraxas is from 1970 and is Santana's second album. The songs are Latin rock, blues rock, and jazz fusion. My favorites are "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts", "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen", "Incident at Neshabur", "Hope You're Feeling Better", and "El Nicoya". The 1998 edition also has live versions of "Se a Cabo", "Toussaint L'Overture", and "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen". I also like their Caravanserai album.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Essential Duke Ellington

The Essential Duke Ellington

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington, is one of my favorite jazz musicians. He is one of the best jazz artists of all time. This collection has many of his songs from the 20s on. Some of my favorites are "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo", "Take It Easy", "Hot and Bothered", "The Mooche", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Caravan", "Pyramid", "Tired Socks", "Ko-Ko", "Take the "A" Train", "Perdido", and "Arabesque Cookie". A must own collection for jazz fans.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Essential Louis Armstrong

The Essential Louis Armstrong

Bandleader, cornet, and trumpet player Louis Armstrong, is one of the most popular jazz musicians ever. This is a big collection of songs from the 20s to the 60s. Some of my favorites are "Sugar Foot Stomp", "Heebie Jeebies", "Willie the Weeper", "Potato Head Blues", "Beau Koo Jack", "Tight Like This", "Georgia on My Mind", "Blueberry Hill", and "What a Wonderful World".

The Essential Artie Shaw

The Essential Artie Shaw

Composer, bandleader, and one of the best jazz clarinetist, Artie Shaw had many popular songs in the 30s and 40s. This is a big collection of many of his song. Some of my favorites are "Begin the Beguine", "Stardust", "Frenesi", "Temptation", "Oh! Lady Be Good", "St. James Infirmary Bules (Parts 1 & II)", "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)", "Nightmare", "Blues in the Night", "Concerto for Clarinet (Parts 1 & II)", and many more very good big band songs.

The Essential Glenn Miller

The Essential Glenn Miller

This is a big collection of songs by bandleader and trombonist Glenn Miller from the late 30s to the 40s. Glen Miller's band unique sound makes them one of the most famous ever. My favorites are "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade". Some other songs I like are "Tuxedo Junction", "Little Brown Jug", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)". Also here are songs with Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band, with great playing by all musicians. "Over There" and "The St. Louis Blues March" are some of my favorites.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Herb Alpert - Rise

Rise

This 1979 album by Herb Alpert is my favorite. It has the popular jazz-funk song "Rise". Other songs here are "1980", "Rotation", "Behind the Rain", "Aranjuez (Mon Amour)", "Love Is", "Angelina", and "Street Life". The 2007 edition also has "Rotation" (Alternate Version) and "Aranjuez (Mon Amour)" 2007 Dance Mix.

Friday, December 9, 2011

John Coltrane - Interstellar Space

Interstellar Space

Recorded in 1967, Interstellar Space is a highly energetic album of free jazz. The album has some really amazing playing with saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Rashied Ali. This duet suite is "Mars", "Venus", "Jupiter", "Saturn", "Leo", and "Jupiter variation". This is one of my favorite jazz albums. I also like his Blue Train, A Love Supreme, and Ascension albums.

John Coltrane - Ascension

Ascension

John Coltrane's 1966 album Ascension is unlike any other. It is mostly avant-garde jazz. The album starts with an ensemble, then a musician has a solo which last a few minutes each, then an ensemble again, then another solo from another musician... . Edition I and II are about 40 minutes each. The album has to be listened to several times to fully hear all that is going on. John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Johnson – trumpet, Marion Brown, John Tchicai - alto saxophone, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp - tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner - piano, Art Davis, Jimmy Garrison - bass, and Elvin Jones - drums. I also like his Blue Train, A Love Supreme, and Interstellar Space albums.

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

One of the best jazz albums ever, jazz saxophonist John Coltrane's 1965 album A Love Supreme is a spiritual album. From "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", to "Psalm ", it is a wonderful album of jazz, with great playing by all musicians. John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, Jimmy Garrison – bass, Elvin Jones – drums, and McCoy Tyner – piano. I also like his Blue Train, Ascension, and Interstellar Space albums.

John Coltrane - Blue Train

Blue Train

One of my favorite jazz albums, this 50s hard bop jazz album by saxophonist John Coltrane is one of his best. From "Blue Train", "Moment's Notice", "Locomotion", "I'm Old Fashioned", to "Lazy Bird". There are also alternate takes of "Blue Train", and "Lazy Bird". John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, Lee Morgan - trumpet, Curtis Fuller - trombone, Kenny Drew - piano, Paul Chambers - bass, and Philly Joe Jones - drums. I also like his A Love Supreme, Ascension, and Interstellar Space albums.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Kind of Blue

The 1959 album Kind of Blue, is one of the most famous jazz albums ever, and a must own album for jazz fans. The album includes great jazz musicians like John Coltrane, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, and Bill Evans. The album has "So What", "Freddie Freeloader", "Blue in Green", "All Blues", and "Flamenco Sketches". Miles Davis - trumpet, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley - alto saxophone, John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans - piano, Paul Chambers - bass, and Jimmy Cobb - drums. I also like his Bitches Brew and On the Corner albums.

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

Bitches Brew

This 1970 album by Miles Davis is one of my favorites. It is one of his best jazz albums. It is very different sounding jazz, using many different instruments like electric guitars and conga. The album has "Pharaoh's Dance", "Bitches Brew", "Spanish Key", "John McLaughlin", "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down", "Sanctuary", and "Feio". I also like his Kind of Blue and On the Corner albums.

Miles Davis - On the Corner

On the Corner

This 1972 jazz-funk album by Miles Davis is one of my favorites in jazz. A very different sounding jazz album than his earlier era jazz. The album has "On The Corner/New York Girl/Thinkin' Of One Thing And Doin' Another/Vote For Miles", "Black Satin", "One and One", to "Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X". I also like his Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew albums.

Pharoah Sanders - Karma

Karma

Karma is my favorite Pharoah Sanders album. From 1969, the album is mostly avant-garde jazz and free jazz, with great playing by all musicians. It has the half hour long "The Creator Has a Master Plan", and the shorter "Colors". Many musicians are here, including Pharoah Sanders on tenor sax.

Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz

Free Jazz

Ornette Coleman's 1961 album of free jazz is one of the best. Many instruments play at the same time; drums, double bass, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, with "Free Jazz" lasting almost 40 minutes. Solos are also here, with many musicians, including Ornette Coleman on alto saxophone.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Art Blakey - Free for All

Free for All

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 1964 Free for All, is a highly energetic album of of hard bop, with great playing by all musicians. The album has "Free for All", "Hammer Head", "The Core", and "Pensativa". Art Blakey - drums, Wayne Shorter - tenor saxophone, Freddie Hubbard - trumpet, Curtis Fuller - trombone, Cedar Walton - piano, and Reggie Workman - bass. I also like his Orgy in Rhythm, Moanin', and Indestructible albums.

Art Blakey - Indestructible

Indestructible

This 1964 jazz album by drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers is one of my favorites. It has great playing by all musicians. The album has "The Egyptian", "Sortie", "Calling Miss Khadija", "When Love is New", "Mr. Jin", and "It's a Long Way Down". Lee Morgan - trumpet, Curtis Fuller - trombone, Wayne Shorter - tenor saxophone, Cedar Walton - piano, Reggie Workman - bass, and Art Blakey - drums. I also like his Orgy in Rhythm, Moanin', and Free for All albums.

Art Blakey - Moanin'

Moanin'

This 1959 album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers is one of his best. One of my favorites is "The Drum Thunder Suite". The album also has "Moanin'", "Are You Real?", "Along Came Betty", "Blues March", and "Come Rain or Come Shine". Lee Morgan - trumpet, Benny Golson - tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons - piano, Jymie Merritt - bass, and Art Blakey - drums. Moanin' is one of the best 50s hard bop albums. I also like his Orgy in Rhythm, Free for All, and Indestructible albums.

Art Blakey - Orgy in Rhythm

Orgy in Rhythm

Art Blakey's 1957 Orgy in Rhythm, is a very different sounding jazz album. It is played with mostly percussion instruments; like the drums and timpani. Other instruments like the flute are also here. The album has "Buhaina Chant", "Ya Ya", "Toffi", "Split Skins", "Amuck", "Elephant Walk", "Come Out and Meet Me Tonight", and "Abdallah's Delight". The album has many musicians, including Art Blakey on drums. I also like his Moanin', Free for All, and Indestructible albums.

Frank Sinatra - Nothing but the Best

Nothing but the Best

Frank Sinatra is one of my favorite singers, along with Dean Martin. His songs are still very popular even today. This album is a great collection of his songs from the 50s to the 80s, with many from the 60s. Some of my favorites are "My Way", "Strangers in the Night", "Come Fly with Me", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "Luck Be a Lady", "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", "The Girl from Ipanema", "My Kind of Town", "Theme from New York, New York", and "Fly Me to the Moon".

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus is one of the best 50s jazz albums. "St. Thomas" is easily recognizable and very popular. "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Strode Rode", "Moritat", and "Blue 7" make up the rest of the album. Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone, Tommy Flanagan - piano, Doug Watkins - bass , and Max Roach - drums.

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Mingus Ah Um

My favorite Charles Mingus album, Mingus Ah Um is from 1959. It is one of the best jazz albums of all time. The album is mostly hard bop and avant-garde jazz. All the musicians sound good together. "Fables of Faubus" is one of my favorites. Charles Mingus plays the bass and also the piano on "Pedal Point Blues".