Jazz music got me through college. It was impossible for me to study in silence, but music with lyrics distracted me. Inspired by the cover of “God Bless the Child” by Blood Sweat and Tears which included a lot of jazz, I looked into the category. Dave Brubeck and his classic, “Take Five” quickly got my attention. My jazz collection continued to grow. Almost forty years later now, I still love jazz and have included various fusions of the genre in my library. Join me as I write about what I hear and see if it can “jazz me up!”
“Jazz cries out its soul and nobody cares.” — Erik Satie
This Paul Simon-produced project captures the Latin jazz legacy of passion and beauty.
An ambitious big-band reworking of seven Rosenwinkel compositions.
“There are only two types of music - good and bad.” - Duke Ellington
Photographers at all levels of skill will enjoy a close examination of Abbot’s work.
Get jazzed up with Berlin Voices for Christmas and repeat the sounding joy!
New sounds from Argentinian Axel Krygier combining jazz, rock, electronica, cumbia, native folklore and experimental music.
The Bad Plus marks a decade of pace setting progressive music with a new CD that represents two firsts: all original songs and all instrumental.
“Nine superb tracks recorded in various locations between March 1994 and December 1998.” - Jazz Promo Services
Puns are great but the music on "Hammond Eggs" is no joke.
Engaging melodies and memorable lyrics make this music not only accessible, but appealing to those not previously familiar to jazz.
“Sometimes a single statement of the tune is all that is needed, as repetition can diffuse the intimacy of simple poetry.” — Brent Walarab
"Jazz is a spiritual music, and anything that's spiritual can't go along with what the devil does, OK?" - James Moody
“The creation of American music came from the blues. I used to live the blues years ago and that’s when I learned to play ’em.”
“It’s great to hear someone care for the soprano saxophone.” — Bassist Rufus Reid
This is jazz. Pure, traditional quartet jazz with an edge. Not “saxophone karaoke with a music machine”!
Basin Street is the street where the elite always meet — but not in Japan. It's the New Latin Quarter!
“The sound of the Hammond B3 was and is so rich in overtone, and has the ability to sound like a much larger ensemble while maintaining the intimacy of a small band.” — Bob Mintzer
It’s a very powerful thing for sure, when the musicians are in sync with their instruments and each other and the music along with a “oneness” with the audience.
The production quality of this CD is spectacular, especially considering that most of these songs originated from 78 rpm records.