5 for Friday: 5 Jazz Albums for People Who Hate Jazz

Obviously, most people who find this blog are probably already jazz fans. But what about those who randomly stumble into it? Especially the haters? Does the Jazzopath have anything for them? This installment of 5 for Friday® is especially for people out there who claim to "hate" jazz. I offer you 5 titles that I … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Jazz Albums for People Who Hate Jazz

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4002 – Jimmy Smith, House Party (1958)

Catalog Number: Blue Note 4002 - Previous | Next MusiciansJimmy Smith (or), Lee Morgan (tpt), Curtis Fuller (tb), George Coleman (as), Lou Donaldson (as), Tina Brooks (ts), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie McFadden (g), Donald Bailey (d), Art Blakey (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffDesign: Reid MilesLiner notes: Robert Levin Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at The Manhattan Towers … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4002 – Jimmy Smith, House Party (1958)

Jazz Musicians Lost to COVID-19

At least five well-know jazz musicians have died due to COVID-19 since the start of pandemic. There were quite a few others we lost in 2020, but to the best of my knowledge, COVID-!9 was not listed as the proximate cause of death. I will try to keep this as up-to-date as possible to honor … Continue reading Jazz Musicians Lost to COVID-19

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4001 – Sonny Rollins, Newk’s Time (1959)

Catalog Number: Blue Note 4001 - Next MusiciansSonny Rollins (ts), Wynton Kelly (p), Doug Watkins (b), Philly Joe Jones (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffLiner notes: Joe Goldberg Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 22, 1957 Originally released Mid-March 1959 Date first heard: January 23, 2021 (Apple Music) My Take Let me … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4001 – Sonny Rollins, Newk’s Time (1959)

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4068 – Baby Face Willette, Face to Face (1961)

Organist. Hairdresser. Enigma. Catalog Number: BLP 4068 MusiciansBaby Face Willette (or), Grant Green (g), Fred Jackson (ts), Ben Dixon (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffCover design: Reid MilesLiner notes: Robert Levin Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 30, 1961 Originally released 1961 A quick note about starting with BLP 4068 While … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4068 – Baby Face Willette, Face to Face (1961)

The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

Updated 1/25/21 Rationale Like many jazz obsessives, I consider Blue Note's '50s and '60s LP catalog to be the pinnacle of the art form. And I say this referring strictly to the music. [Blue Note should make any "Greatest Jazz Discography" short list because of either Rudy Van Gelder or Reid Miles alone, but that's … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project