Thursday, December 25, 2014


Have wonderful holidays and listen to some good jazz and other music if you get a chance.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


I really enjoy Nina Simone and recently rediscovered her four cd box set "Four Women".   It's on  Philips and has some of her great versions expressing her thoughts about several topics.  The albums that are covered were done in the 1960 era.  If you like Nina I think you'll be pleased with this. Nina is quoted in the notes of this box set, "Freedom, to me, is the definition of what jazz is."  Buy it for yourself. 

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Hopefully this link will get you to a Facebook post by Wynton Marsalis honoring Clark Terry.  Have the tissues nearby when you read it.  Music, Jazz, and Musicians - THANK THE GOOD LORD

Thursday, December 11, 2014


The Modern Jazz Quartet, "The Complete Last Concert".  A great two record set.  Two plus hours of great jazz from one of the best jazz quartets ever!  Give it to yourself if you don't have it.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


In the spirit of giving gifts, I highly recommend the 50th Anniversary Box Set Edition of Miles' Kind of Blue album.  Give it to someone you know is a devout fan of Miles and this album, or , get somebody to give it to you!  It is great!  There are lots of wonderful goodies included.  Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 5, 2014


If you are looking for a Christmas album to provide tasteful background music during the holiday season I highly recommend Kenny Burrell's "Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas".  This gem has been around since 1966 and still provides a classy touch during this time of year.  Of course, it's by a master so it can be enjoyed any time of year.
Once again I was the beneficiary of great live jazz at BEYU Caffee last night.  The Michael Jones Trio made even the quiet members of the audience shake their head, pat their feet, clap their hands and shout oh yeah.  Big thanks to the performers and BEYU.  Whenever you are in or around Durham, NC check out the BEYU and find out where Michael Jones is playing - get there.