Tag: 1960-1965

Jackson C Frank – Jackson C Frank

Jackson C Frank – Jackson C Frank       Bruce Eder: ‘Jackson C. Frank’s original 1965 album is a lost classic, daringly complex and honest, filled with virtuoso playing that is all the more impressive for the offhanded way that Frank makes it look so easy. There is a convergence of elements here that […]

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Bill Evans – Time Remembered

Bill Evans – Time Remembered Scott Yanow: ‘Pianist Bill Evans’ final project for the Riverside label resulted in eight songs released as Bill Evans Trio at Shelly’s Manne-Hole. This set doubles the program by adding eight previously unreleased selections. Evans, who is in fine form playing in a trio with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer […]

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The Beatles – Help !

The Beatles – Help ! Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles’ fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film — while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis — it’s not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. […]

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John Coltrane – My Favorite Things

John Coltrane – My Favorite Things My Favorite Things is the seventh album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-1361. It was the first album to feature Coltrane playing soprano saxophone, and yielded a commercial breakthrough in the form of a hit single that gained popularity in 1961 on […]

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Paul Desmond – Take Ten

Paul Desmond – Take Ten I guess everybody knows Paul Desmond from “Time out” and from his composition Take Five. On this recording, it doesn’t take much time to recognize his beautiful floating tone, his wonderful solos which are new melodies by themselves, his “cool jazz” signature. On this repertoire — mostly bossa nova tunes, […]

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Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain

Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain       Thom Jurek: ‘Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis’ most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 — after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band — […]

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Duke Ellington – Money Jungle

      Ken Dryden: ‘Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session. “Money Jungle” is a thunderous opener, a blues […]

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Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady AMG Review: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is one of the greatest achievements in orchestration by any composer in jazz history. Charles Mingus consciously designed the six-part ballet as his magnum opus, and — implied in his famous inclusion of liner notes by […]

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Getz – Gilberto

Getz – Gilberto AMG Review: One of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time, not to mention bossa nova’s finest moment, Getz – Gilberto trumped Jazz Samba by bringing two of bossa nova’s greatest innovators — guitarist/singer João Gilberto and composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim — to New York to record with Stan Getz. The results […]

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Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch!

Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch!       Steve Huey: ‘ Out to Lunch stands as Eric Dolphy’s magnum opus, an absolute pinnacle of avant-garde jazz in any form or era. Its rhythmic complexity was perhaps unrivaled since Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, and its five Dolphy originals — the jarring Monk tribute “Hat and […]

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Cannonball Adderley – Know What I Mean?

Cannonball Adderley – Know What I Mean? AMG Review: What’s better than a Bill Evans Trio album? How about a Bill Evans trio album on which the bassist is Percy Heath, the drummer is Connie Kay, and the leader is not Evans but alto sax god Cannonball Adderley, making the group actually a quartet? It’s a […]

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John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites   AMG Review :   The title John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites might lead some to believe that this is a collection of public-domain items that go back to the Deep South of the 19th century. However, while this […]

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The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man

The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man Mr. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man is the debut album by the American folk rock band The Byrds and was released in June 1965 on Columbia Records (see 1965 in music).[1] The album, along with the single of the same name, established the band as an internationally successful […]

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Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz

Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz is an album by Argentine composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin recorded in 1962 and released on the Audio Fidelity label. The album was released during the height of the popularity of bossa nova music in the early 1960s […]

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The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid The Modern Jazz Quartet – Pyramid is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet featuring performances recorded in 1959-60 and released on the Atlantic label. The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was an influential music group established in 1952 and for most of their long career composed […]

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Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Ormandy)

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Ormandy) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus […]

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John Coltrane – Ballads

John Coltrane – Ballads AMG review: Throughout John Coltrane’s discography there are a handful of decisive and controversial albums that split his listening camp into factions. Generally, these occur in his later-period works such as Om and Ascension, which push into some pretty heady blowing. As a contrast, John Coltrane – Ballads is often criticized as […]

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Schubert – Die Winterreise

 Schubert – Die Winterreise (Fischer-Dieskau – Moore) D 911  Wikipedia: Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert (D. 911, published as Op. 89 in 1828), a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles on Müller’s poems, the earlier being Die […]

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The Who – My Generation

The Who – My Generation       The Who – My Generation is the debut album by English rock band The Who, released by Brunswick Records in the UK in December 1965. In the US, it was released by Decca Records as The Who Sings My Generation in April 1966, with a different cover […]

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John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme AMG review: Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half […]

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