Tag: Before 1960

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella And Louis

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella And Louis     Rovi Staff: ‘Ella and Louis is an inspired collaboration, masterminded by producer Norman Granz. Both artists were riding high at this stage in their careers, and Granz assembled a stellar quartet of Oscar Peterson (piano), Buddy Rich (drums), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Ray Brown […]

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Sun Ra – Jazz In Silhouette

Sun Ra – Jazz In Silhouette Lindsay Planer: ‘Throughout their mid-to-late-’50s stay in Chicago, Sun Ra (piano) and his Arkestra established themselves as formidable purveyors of a new strain or sub-genre of jazz. Having evolved from elaborate reworkings of familiar standards, Jazz in Silhouette (1959) presents a collection of originals, building upon Ra’s abilities as […]

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Jim Hall – Jazz Guitar

Jim Hall – Jazz Guitar AMG Review: Jim Hall’s debut as a leader has a somewhat tortured history. The original LP had ten tracks, though producer Richard Bock edited six of them for a later pressing and also inexplicably overdubbed Larry Bunker’s drums (he wasn’t originally present) on a third pressing. Over time the complete versions […]

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Art Blakey – Moanin’

Art Blakey – Moanin’ Michael G. Nastos ‘ Art Blakey – Moanin’ (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) includes some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. There are three tracks that are immortal and will always stand the test of time. The title selection is a […]

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Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue

Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue       Thom Jurek: ‘ Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue, released in 1957, was Nina Simone’s first recording, originally issued on the Bethlehem label. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert “Tootie” Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo […]

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Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley First Album

Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley First Album Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley is Elvis Presley‘s debut album released in 1956 to unanimous acclaim one of the pionering albums in music, not only did it launch the career of The King of Rock, it rightfuly gave him that name by launching Rock and Roll to mainstream audiences […]

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Ray Charles – The Genius Of Ray Charles

Ray Charles – The Genius Of Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles is a 1959 album by Ray Charles. The Genius of Ray Charles announced his breakout from rhythm and blues and onto a broader musical stage. Atlantic Records gave Charles full support in production and arrangements. As originally presented, the A side of […]

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