Blame it on the 4th of July holiday. This week’s roster of new music is shallow. There were fewer albums to choose from but there are some titles worthy of our attention and discussion.
The Complete Columbia Album Collection<
I’m still an infant learning to crawl my way around the jazz universe but something tells this 70 CD box set caught my attention. I don’t know if all four books of The Gospel of Jazz can be found in this box set but I gotta imagine an awful lot of what you need to know is right here. It would take a lifetime to listen to all those compositions enough times to learn all it had to teach, but that doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend a few years. Anyone wanting to contribute to my Fund Drive, the box is retailing for $365. I’ll tell you how to get those donations to me.
70 CDs, $365. Wow.
Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
This is being billed as Vaughan’s first album in nine years and it is... and it isn’t. Vaughan teamed up with Omar Kent Dykes for a Jimmy Reed tribute album featuring some of the biggest names in the blues. Vaughan has been all over the place touring and playing with other musicians but this is his return to center stage with an album of his own. In light of the time away, it’s a little surprising that Vaughan’s new record is mostly a collection of standards and covers. Vaughan has not been known as a prolific songwriter but one might have thought he’d have collected some ideas in nine years. That’s not to suggest this album can’t or won’t be very good. Vaughan is a wonderful guitar stylist who has made a name for himself as an interpreter. He’s wonderful at it and this album gives him a chance to do just that once more.