Thursday, December 25, 2014
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.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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.