Leading many musicians through his “Hard Bop Academy”, Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz drummers in history.
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.
With a friendship based on mutual admiration, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong recorded a series of classic songs and appeared together in many hit movies.
Louis Armstrong is at his best on a group of solid standards, while Oscar Peterson provides fresh tasteful backing.
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.
'Now You Has Jazz', from the film High Society, was recorded by Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby and made the US singles chart on 13 October 1956.
The soundtrack album from the movie became Diana’s only US No. 1 solo pop album.
Goldblum says: “The truly classic singers have that unmistakeable sound that grabs you immediately. Gregory Porter is one of those singers."
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.
This year's event takes place on Friday, 29 November in independent record stores across the US.
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.