After building their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period spanning 1960 – 63 The Beatles become the biggest band ever with their second album “With the Beatles” .
Night Life represents a crossroads in Price’s country career as he refines his honky tonk style bridging the gap into the 1960’s mainstream Nashville sound, In addition to being one of the first of country concept albums .
Jazz Samba signaled the beginning of the bossa nova craze in America. However, the task of creating an authentic sound proved much more challenging than either had anticipated .
The originators of the Southern/Memphis soul movement come up with one of the greatest riffs in music history while on a break in the studio, but how good is the album ?
Ray Charles landmark album covering country and western music during the civil right moment is incredible .
The Bill Evans Trio live at the Village Vanguard is considered a classic but we consider it terrible mainly because of bassist Scott La Faro .
Muddy Water Performs a killer set an the Newport Jazz festival in 1960. We also talk about “dentist blues” and what it means to “put a tiger in your tank” .
The great Jimmy Smith introduces the Hammond B3 organ to popular music and things get funky .
We go on the a date with Phil and Don and some of us are in love and some feel like we got stuck with the check .
Miriam Makeba is one for the ages, amazing life story, great singer, and all around wonderful person. The group loves this album .
Elvis is back and the production is great but why didn’t anyone buy this album ?
We all find Joan Baez a bit irritating, but we love talking about her debut album .
After hearing it for the first time Ben falls in love with the off-beat styling of Dave Brubeck .
Marty Robbins brings the American West to life in some of the best cowboy songs we’ve ever heard.
On this revolutionary album of modal blue Jazz episode we try and get to the root of Rob’s distaste for this album .
Sure Ray Charles is a genius, but is this album? This album represents the softer Ray Charles without the R&B groove .
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.
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.
The proto oogle shows us why we should run away and join the circus and we get to Ramblin’ .
We find this swansong album beautifully haunting or maybe hauntingly beautiful .
Tito brings Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds like mambo, son cubano, and cha-cha-chá to the mainstream and we are glad he did !
We talk about the wildest voice and the man that put’s the Rock in Rock n’ Roll .
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 .
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” .