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 Classic Album Review, Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil

by Josh Lee

Wayne Shorter's seminal album was the third in a prolific six years of recordings for Blue Note, and while Speak No Evil still retains the accessibility of early hard bop, it also showcases the saxophonist's unique and unorthodox compositional style.

 Classic Album Review, Louis Armstrong - Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions

by Josh Lee

Josh digs deep to explore Louis Armstrong's landmark sessions with The Hot Fives and Sevens in the twenties, when 'Satchmo' was at the cutting edge of jazz improvisation.

 Classic Album Review, Roland Kirk - I Talk With the Spirits

by Josh Lee

On one of the eminent saxophonist's many essential releases, I Talk With the Spirits sees him taking up the flute and pushing it to its limits in a way that is unmistakably Roland Kirk.

 Classic Album Review, Horace Silver Quintet - Song for My Father

by Josh Lee

A hard bop classic inspired by the pianist's cultural heritage, Song for My Father is one of the most influential cuts of the era.

 Classic Album Review, Trio of Doom

by Josh Lee

Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams and John McLaughlin's incredibly short-lived collaboration, Trio of Doom, was almost too good to be true. The sole commercial recording of this trio of amazing musicians makes for both a great listen and an intriguing snapshot of a week in each player's lives.

 Classic Album Review, Jan Garbarek-Bobo Stenson Quartet - Witchi-Tai-To

by Josh Lee

With a varied repertoire and unmatched chemistry, Witchi-Tai-To is one of the landmark releases of both the ECM sound and 'Nordic tone', as well as one of Garbarek's favourites of his catalogue.

 Classic Album Review, Lester Young and the Kansas City Six

by Matt Groom

Nat Hentoff said the Kansas City Six sessions would be the record he'd rescue if his building was on fire... 80 years on they're still worth the risk.

 Classic Album Review, John Abercrombie - Timeless

by Matt Groom

John Abercrombie's debut put the guitarist in the company of Jan Hammer and Jack DeJohnette for a sequence of contrasting mood pieces, from the fiery to the ethereal, and helped cement the ECM sound.

 Classic Album Review, Paul Motian Trio - It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago

by Josh Lee

Paul Motian’s seminal trio record with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano showcased the key components of Motian’s classic quintet with some forward-thinking twilit jazz, proving to be one of the most important releases of all the trio’s careers.

 Classic Album Review, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book

by Josh Lee

Ella Fitzgerald’s take on classic Cole Porter tunes served not only as the beginning of the now-legendary Verve Records, but a springboard for the singer that reinvigorated her mid-career.

 Classic Album Review, Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

by Josh Lee

Herbie Hancock's nautical concept album remains some of the eminent pianist and composer's most enduring work from his early period, a culmination of his time spent with Miles Davis and honing his sound on the prestigious Blue Note label.

 Classic Album Review, Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

by Josh Lee

Josh appreciates the brilliant chemistry between vocalist Sarah Vaughan and trumpeter Clifford Brown on the singer’s eponymous record.

 Classic Album Review, The Amazing Bud Powell Volumes 1 & 2

by Matt Groom

Matt revisits timeless recordings from the genius who defined bebop piano, Bud Powell.

 Classic Album Review, Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

by Josh Lee

Josh revisits Miles Davis's pivotal recording In a Silent Way, quieter little brother to the following year's Bitches Brew.

 Classic Album Review, Herbie Nichols

by Matt Groom

Between 1955 and 1957 pianist and composer Herbie Nichols recorded four classic albums before passing away in obscurity in 1964, leaving it to later generations to discover his true genius. Matt argues the case for placing Nichols alongside Monk in the pantheon of jazz pianists.

 Classic Album Review, Charles Mingus - The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady

by Josh Lee

This week Josh pirouettes to Mingus's celebrated jazz-ballet The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady for the latest Classic Album choice.

 Classic Album Review, Steve Lacy - Morning Joy

by Matt Groom

One of the finest jazz recordings of the eighties, Steve Lacy's Morning Joy continues to hold its fascination over thirty years later.

 Classic Album Review, John Coltrane - Giant Steps

by Josh Lee

This week Josh revisits John Coltrane's timeless mid-period masterpiece Giant Steps.

 Classic Album Review, McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy

by Matt Groom

It was a sad coincidence to hear of McCoy Tyner's passing shortly after posting this Classic Album Review of The Real McCoy. Thankfully Tyner's wonderful 60-year contribution to music lives on.

 Classic Album Review, Herbie Hancock - Thrust

by Matt Groom

Herbie Hancock's Thrust is a jazz-funk tour de force that saw the keyboard whiz-kid experimenting with new gear and an exciting new drummer.

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