Content by tag "Classics"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erroll Garner: 1953

Read "1953" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Listening to an Erroll Garner record is, for me, a little like the first time I drank mezcal, a distilled liquor made from the agave plant--with a worm in the bottle--in Oaxaca, Mexico. An initial sharp and soaring euphoria, unique among the alcoholic beverages, immediately followed by an equally sharp, crushing headache accompanied by nausea. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lionel Hampton: Classics

Read "Classics" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When Lionel Hampton was signed by Victor 1937, he was given something very special by recording director Eli Oberstein; an open invitation to record whenever and with whomever he wanted. And whenever Hampton was in New York he would gather together the best talent in the city and lay down some of the best all-star jams ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mary Lou Williams: Mary Lou Williams, 1945-1947

Read "Mary Lou Williams, 1945-1947" reviewed by Bob Jacobson

At long last the “record" bins have more than two or three CD's of Mary Lou Williams, the brilliant pianist-composer-arranger whose career spanned half the century. This album from her mid-career includes 25 cuts (total time = 66 minutes, 51 seconds), with Mary in a variety of formats: solo, trio, quartet, quintet ("Mary Lou Williams Girl ...