021 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

On this revolutionary album of modal blue Jazz episode we try and get to the root of Rob’s distaste for this album .

020 Ray Charles – Genius of Ray Charles

Sure Ray Charles is a genius, but is this album?  This album represents the softer Ray Charles without the R&B groove .

019 Ella Fitzgerald – Sings the Gershwin Song Book

Ella Sings all of Gershwin and we don’t have much to say except Ella is a wonderful singer and the production is top notch.

018 Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan at Mister Kelly’s

We discuss Scat singing and how we can never go back to when it was new and the fact that Sarah Vaughan can’t remember the words for her own live album. Also Rob thinks the song “Honeysuckle Rose” is filthy.

017 Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Jack Takes the Floor

The proto oogle shows us why we should run away and join the circus and we get to Ramblin’ .

016 Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin

We find this swansong album beautifully haunting or maybe hauntingly beautiful .

015 Tito Puente – Dance Mania

Tito brings Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds like mambo, son cubano, and cha-cha-chá to the mainstream and we are glad he did !

014 Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard

We talk about the wildest voice and the man that put’s the Rock in Rock n’ Roll .

013 Machito – Kenya

We talk about the afro cuban jazz big band sound that seems to be in perfect sync. Oddly Machito’s singing isn’t featured on the album at all .

012 Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool

We talk about this seminal jazz album that was before it’s time and was recorded 7 years before it was before it’s time. Also Grady and I muse about the song “Moon Dreams” .

011 Sabu – Palo Congo

Some of us struggle to find the rhythm in Palo Congo’s trance like drumming .

010 Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners

We discuss one of the most difficult compositions that mentally broke the band, our favorite Bops and Pannonica de Koenigswarter .

09 Count Basie – The Atomic Mr Basie

In what has been called his “last great album” Count Basie shows the power of the young players in an old style. We also take about jazz royalty names and the meaning of “Splanky” .

08 Buddy Holly and the Crickets – The “Chirping” Crickets

Buddy Holly sets the template for the rock band and inspires a new generation .

07 Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swinging Lovers!

We talk about another Sinatra classic, that shows the singer back on top .

06 Duke Ellington – Ellington at Newport ’56

We discuss Gonsalves’s famous “Wailing Interval” that goes on for 27 choruses, and some of us feel betrayed from this “live recording” .

05 Fats Domino – This Is Fats

Fats Domino teaches us the “Roll” in Rock N’ Roll and can’t remember the words to his most famous song .

04 Louis Prima – The Wildest!

We all fall in love with the endearing Louis Prima at his “wildest” .

03 The Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life

We agree that the Louvin Brothers have some very dark and disturbing songs as reflected by their own tragic lives .

02 Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley

We talk about the debut from, “The King of Rock”, culture appropriation, and secret implicit art .

001 Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours

In this premiere episode for 1001 album club we talk about if Frank Sinatra was just a beta cuck, drinking yourself to death, Rob walking around in a sad fedora and get off to an awkward start .