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For a fellow I never heard of (and I've been haunting record stores since '69), Scranton, PA-born pianist Degen has a hell of a resume: in the 60's, he lived in Germany, pl…
Ed Walsh, Jr. was a baseball pitcher of little renown, the son of a beloved Hall of Famer. Ed, Jr. said something to the effect of "It's a curse to be the son of a great ma…
The average person has probably never heard of drummer Jimmy Cobb, unless they happened to have a copy of Miles Davis's classic recording, Kind Of Blue. One of the most und…
CIMP Records, usually known for its uncompromising releases of "free/out" jazz and free-improvised music, has done the jazz world a favor by releasing this wonderfully inve…
The Buried Treasures first--gad, what a find! A pristinely recorded set by the "classic" Brubeck Quartet, in their last year of existence. No signs of strain, though--still…
Brubeck fans rejoice! The kind folks at Columbia Legacy have finally gotten around to giving the class-reissue treatment to their extensive Brubeck discography (he was on C…
What more can I say about this immortal recording. Many serious jazz collectors already have this album when it first came out in 1957.Maybe its time to update their collec…
Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter are two of the venerable giants of modern jazz, and yet both have spent most of the last fifteen years in a bit of a desert, recording wise…
Sounds like a live recording in a studio. The playing is relaxed and some how inaccurate, but with a feel. The musicians know what they're doing. Herbie has played many dif…
The late Joe Roccisano was one of the most creative players and arrangers in the jazz world, but only musicians and a few jazz fans knew of his talents. Over the years he p…