Category Archives: Jazz

(June 17, 2017): Bob James – Angels (Theme from “Taxi”)

From the 1978 album, Touchdown.  I saw a story in the NYT earlier this month about the new Tappen Zee bridge and was reminded of James’ old label named for the old bridge.  This tune is a bit of nostalgia … Continue reading

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First Listen: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski & Scofield, ‘Hudson’

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/530600463/first-listen-dejohnette-grenadier-medeski-scofield-hudson

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(May 6, 2017): Bill Frisell – Baba Drame

From the 2003 album, The Intercontinentals. A Boubacar Traoré composition with his Mali percussionist compatriot, Sidiki Camara, on vocals. The LP was the first for the Frisell’s occasional sextet.

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(May 1, 2017): Abbe Lane (with Tito Puento & His Orchestra) – Whatever Lola Wants

From the 1957 album, Be Mine Tonight.  I remember Abbe Lane more for her cameos in TV shows of my youth (Flying Nun, Brady Bunch, Hart to Hart, etc) than singing easy listening samba.  I do remember this one, though. … Continue reading

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(April 25, 2017): Miles Davis – Dîner Au Motel

From the 1958 album, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud.  From the French soundtrack to the 1958 Louis Malle film.  It was not released as a soundtrack in the U.S. until 1974, but the songs did appear as the first 10 songs on … Continue reading

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(April 7, 2017): Chet Baker – The Thrill Is Gone

From the 1956 album reissue of the 1954 10″, Chet Baker Sings.  The 1954 10″ is side B on this album. Side A is new material that was recorded in July 1956 at the Forum Theatre in LA.  Baker’s pure … Continue reading

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(March 30, 2017): Milt Jackson – No Moon At All

From the 1964 album, In A New Setting.  Jackson is in a quintet here, with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Heath on tenor, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Connie Kay drums.  Nat King Cole and Doris Day both released the … Continue reading

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