• hard bop & related albums (in progress)

    Mai 26 2012, 5h17 por kmullin

    This is a list of and hard boppish albums. Recently, i’ve been feeling for hard bop – especially albums i havent really listened to much. And, i’m hoping to learn something.

    Many are prototypical hard bop. Some are marginally hard bop. And, some are more , whatever that means. Some are somewhat cool (as in ), others somewhat . And, sometimes creeps in. In other words, they kinda make up the mainstream trends in jazz and are mostly hard boplike. But, you should always let the music speak for itself – this is just for fun. (Theres not really any here.)

    Many of the albums are classic. Most are major works of art and craft. I dont know if i dig all the albums, but most are pretty good. If you check out about a quarter of these albums, you’ll get a real good idea of what is if it’s anything at all.

    This is a long list because jazz is big. There are top 10 or top 100 lists, but this is a mother. …
  • The Delightful 50 of the 50's! (Best Albums 1950-1959)

    Dez 27 2010, 10h15 por thomas10

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    1 Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    (1959)
    Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of "So What". From that moment on, the record never really changes pace -- each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. It's the pinnacle of modal jazz -- tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality. All of this doesn't quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've memorized every nuance. …