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.