A collection of jazz notes, and reviews. Written on notebook by pencil

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Django Reinhardt

In A Sentimental Mood

Django Reinhardt was the greatest guitarist who ever lived.

Toshiko Akiyoshi

Toshiko Akiyoshi (秋吉 敏子 or 穐吉 敏子 Akiyoshi Toshiko?, born December 12, 1929)[1] is a Japanese American jazz pianistcomposer/arrangerand bandleader. Among a very few successful female instrumentalists of her generation in jazz, she is also recognized as a major figure in jazz composition. She has received 14 Grammy nominations, and she was the first woman to win the Best Arranger and Composer awards in Down Beat magazine’s Readers Poll

First discovered by legendary Charlie “Bird” Parker, Toshiko has a clean and precise style—which is brought because of her classical music background. What pianists like Evans and McCoy lack is structure, and that seems to be Toshiko’s strong suit. A lovely figure in jazz, Toshiko is becoming one of my favorite pianists. Here she plays “The Third Movement” 

Little Jazz : Roy Eldridge and the Link Between Generations

Before Gillespie hit the scene, and those grew tired of Louis, needed something to bridge the gap before the new thing hit. This was Roy Eldridge, the man who was known as Little Jazz. His style brought in much new talent and allowed jazz artists to become fearless—and bold. 



A Great Day in Harlem - 57 Musicians in 1958

Get to know your cats!

01 – Hilton Jefferson
02 – Benny Golson
03 – Art Farmer
04 – Wilbur Ware
05 – Art Blakey
06 – Chubby Jackson
07 – Johnny Griffin
08 – Dickie Wells
09 – Buck Clayton
10 – Taft Jordan
11 – Zutty Singleton
12 – Red Allen
13 – Tyree Glenn
14 – Miff Molo
15 – Sonny Greer
16 – Jay C. Higginbotham
17 – Jimmy Jones
18 – Charles Mingus
19 – Jo Jones
20 – Gene Krupa
21 – Max Kaminsky
22 – George Wettling
23 – Bud Freeman
24 – Pee Wee Russell
25 – Ernie Wilkins
26 – Buster Bailey
27 – Osie Johnson
28 – Gigi Gryce
29 – Hank Jones
30 – Eddie Locke
31 – Horace Silver
32 – Luckey Roberts
33 – Maxine Sullivan
34 – Jimmy Rushing
35 – Joe Thomas
36 – Scoville Browne
37 – Stuff Smith
38 – Bill Crump
39 – Coleman Hawkins
40 – Rudy Powell
41 – Oscar Pettiford
42 – Sahib Shihab
43 – Marian McPartland
44 – Sonny Rollins
45 – Lawrence Brown
46 – Mary Lou Williams
47 – Emmett Berry
48 – Thelonius Monk
49 – Vic Dickenson
50 – Milt Hinton
51 – Lester Young
52 – Rex Stewart
53 – J.C. Heard
54 – Gerry Mulligan
55 – Roy Eldgridge
56 – Dizzy Gillespie
57 – Count Basie

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Miles Davis

The Essential Miles Davis [Columbia/Legacy] Disc 1

Miles Davis 


The Essential Miles Davis

it’s been a while since i’ve featured anything done by Davis. I love his work, don’t get me wrong. I just feel the whole world already knows him, but not the real good stuff I think. Anyway, here’s one of my favorites “Summertime”  

To You, Wes Montgomery

It was Sunday, there was this middle aged man running a small record collection shop in the city swap-meet. His car was full of boxes and clothes, he had silver hair and thick glasses. 
From what I remember, his collection was mostly hits from the 80’s and Classic Rock hits. I had enough of listening to The Zombies and New Order so I decided to try something new. There was this small collection of records labeled “Jazz”. I looked into it; this was my first jazz record I bought. Wes Montgomery’s Greatest Hits. 

I fell into a deep trance listening to his work.

Montgomery emerged from the scene after Django Reinhardt busted the door open with Hot Club Jazz. It’s hard to put into words his exact phenomenon, his work has been admired and analyzed by jazz critics around and has been praised since his work “Fingerpickin’” 

March 6 1923 
June 15 1968 

Monica Zetterlund(vo) , Bill Evans(p) , Eddie Gomez(b) , Alex Riel(ds)
Recorded in Copenhagen Oct. 1966
Monica Zetterlund with Bill Evans Trio “Waltz for Debby”

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

This track took me by surprise when I first heard it. I excepted a typical duet with some big band setting—nothing too great. Though, its now one of my favorite tracks. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong always brilliantly harmonize with each other and have a way to make me smile.

Take a Listen 

“I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That’s all I know”

Billie Holiday

To Ms. Holiday : A Love Letter To Lady Day

When I first heard Billie Holiday, it was like cupid’s arrow struck me four times in the chest.
The first track was the well known “Easy Living”. Since then I’ve heard her entire collection and have to say I don’t regret a moment of it.

While critics mostly agree—a lot of her pacing and style is very repetitive at times, that isn’t to say Ms. Holiday had no real formula.

Billie Holiday remains to be a vital figure in Jazz Culture due to the fact she was different—offbeat.

Her vocals remind one of a wild orchid blooming on a hot night, soft but not a whisper.

There is a certain mood you have to be in while listening to a track of hers, I’ll admit. It isn’t for everyone

Here’s to you Lady Day  

 April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959


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