Milestones

It’s strange that Miles Davis’ 1958 Milestones is, for lack of a better phrase, overlooked. Of course no record that makes into Ben Ratliff’s 100 Essential Jazz Albums and receives four stars in The Penguin Guide to Jazz could really be said to have been overlooked. There is, however, something disappointing in the fact that…

Esquivel- Infinity in Sound

Esquivel is sometimes referred to as ‘The King of Space Age Pop‘. His wonderfully arranged and imaginative music is exactly what the Jetsons would’ve listened to while dining in their retro-futuristic pad. Infinity in Sound is the first of two volumes of what seems to be a huge hit among fans if less so among…

David Axelrod- Song Of Innocence

┬áDavid Axelrod’s 1968 tribute to Walt Whitman is a lush and gorgeous song suite. The music presented here goes beyond genres in the same sense that a great composer like Morricone does. Later critics have credited this record with developing the production and composition style of modern dance music. However being released well before modern…

Sarah Vaughan in HI-FI

Sarah Vaughan is one of our true treasures. Like many artists of the time her output is spread among many labels and tracking down a concise vision of her as an evolving and maturing jazz vocalist can be tough to do. This disc makes a great starting place, capturing Vaughan early in her career around…

The Great Summit Master Takes

It’s strange, given both their prolific nature as recording artists and the communal spirit of Jazz, that it wasn’t until 1961 that Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong cut a record together. Who knows maybe it’s a miracle they ever did. Ellington and Armstrong in their way ,though, represent the most personable elements of two different…