Captured live on ‘Sinatra At The Sands’, The Chairman delivered a performance that made everyone in the room think they’d hit the jackpot.
Described by Wayne Shorter as being “about life, the universe and God”, ‘The All Seeing Eye’ remains one of its creator’s most ambitious albums.
Recorded between 1952 and ’54, the five Thelonious Monk Prestige 10” albums capture the maverick jazz pianist on some of his most important sessions.
A milestone in jazz, ‘At The Pershing: But Not For Me’ became “one of the biggest records in the history of Chess”. Ahmad Jamal recalls how that happened.
Thanks to discerning crate-diggers with a taste for Latin music, from salsa to bogaloo, the best Fania samples became essential building blocks for hip-hop.
Leading many musicians through his “Hard Bop Academy”, Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz drummers in history.
Blue Note’s output was so prolific that many of its greatest sessions got shelved. These lost Blue Note albums more than deserve their due.
Exorcising her demons with ‘The Velvet Rope’, Janet Jackson said recording the album was “like cutting yourself open and exposing your insides”.
Whether delivering understated ballads or revamping Stevie Wonder, his 1974 live show at The Spectrum proved that Philadelphia was Sinatra’s kind of town.
Smouldering and seductive, the ‘Day Breaks’ album found Norah Jones making a shining return to her jazz roots, while revealing how far she’d come.
Eclectic and seductive, ‘Glamoured’ remains a potent crystallisation of Cassandra Wilson’s unique style, and a key release in the singer’s canon.
With ‘Lean On Me’, musical shape-shifter José James pays tribute to soul legend Bill Withers, “to celebrate his life and what he means to us”.
In 1964, John Coltrane contributed music to a French-Canadian arthouse film, but his ‘Blue World’ soundtrack remained unreleased until now.
A record label of huge significance, the Fania story takes in the birth of salsa music and the global spread of Latin culture.
Unlike pop stars, most blues artists have never been obsessed with image. But there are still some great blues album covers out there, as we reveal…