Album 13 – Machito

ALBUM TITLE:  Kenya ARTIST NAME: Machito YEAR OF RELEASE: 1958 Favourite Song: Holly: Kenya Kelly: Holiday ALBUM HISTORY: This album comes from a time when Hollywood used afro-cuban jazz for a lot of things – suspense, bombastic chase scenes, and really anything even vaguely exotic. There were a lot of dime-a-dozen afro-cuban bands around, andContinue reading “Album 13 – Machito”

Album 12 – Birth of the Cool

ALBUM TITLE: Birth of the Cool ARTIST NAME: Miles Davis YEAR OF RELEASE:  Favourite Song: Holly: Budo Kelly: Moon Dreams ALBUM HISTORY: The Birth of the Cool was recorded in 1949 and 1950 and released in February 1957.  Through much of the 1940s Miles Davis was playing in a quintet with Charlie Parker, but heContinue reading “Album 12 – Birth of the Cool”

ALBUM 11 – Palo Congo

ALBUM TITLE: Palo Congo ARTIST NAME: Sabu YEAR OF RELEASE: 1957 Favourite Song: Holly: Rhapsodia del Marvaillosa Kelly: Rhapsodia del Marvaillosa ALBUM HISTORY: Palo Congo is the first album by conguero (a person who plays congas) Sabu Martinez, and features the brothers Arsenio, Raul, and Quique Rodriguez. The album was released on Blue Note inContinue reading “ALBUM 11 – Palo Congo”

Album 10 – Brilliant Corners

ALBUM TITLE: Brilliant Corners ARTIST NAME: Thelonius Monk YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: I Surrender, Dear Kelly: Pannonica ALBUM HISTORY: Brilliant Corners was recorded by bebop pianist Thelonious Monk and his band of heavy hitters (most notably Sonny Rollins on tenor sax and Max Roach on drums) on October 9h, 15th and DecemberContinue reading “Album 10 – Brilliant Corners”

Album 8 – The Chirping Crickets

ALBUM TITLE: The “Chirping” Crickets ARTIST NAME: The Crickets YEAR OF RELEASE: 1957 Favourite Song: Holly: Not Fade Away Kelly: Not Fade Away ALBUM HISTORY: The “Chirping” Crickets was recorded from February through September of 1957 and released in November of that year as the Crickets’ debut album.  It was the only album released whileContinue reading “Album 8 – The Chirping Crickets”

Album #7 – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!

ALBUM TITLE: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! ARTIST NAME: Frank Sinatra YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: I’ve Got You Under My Skin Kelly: You Make Me Feel So Young ALBUM HISTORY: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! Is the tenth album by Frank Sinatra, and his fourth for Capitol Records. The album was arranged by NelsonContinue reading “Album #7 – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!”

Album 6 – Ellington at Newport

ALBUM TITLE: Ellington at Newport ‘56 ARTIST NAME: Duke Ellington YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue Kelly: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue ALBUM HISTORY: Ellington at Newport was recorded on July 7th 1956 and released later that year, and featured Duke Ellington and his band’s live performance at theContinue reading “Album 6 – Ellington at Newport”

Album 5 – This is Fats

ALBUM TITLE: This is Fats ARTIST NAME: Fats Domino YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Blueberry Hill  Kelly: Blueberry Hill ALBUM HISTORY: “This is Fats” is Fats Domino’s third “full length” album. Full length is in quotations here, because at a slim 25 minutes long, calling it full length seems a bit of aContinue reading “Album 5 – This is Fats”

Album 4: The Wildest!

ALBUM TITLE: The Wildest! ARTIST NAME: Louis Prima YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Night Train Kelly: Just a Gigolo ALBUM HISTORY: The Wildest! was recorded in April 1956 and released by Capitol Records in November of that same year.  The album features Prima with his wife of the time and performance partner KeelyContinue reading “Album 4: The Wildest!”

Album 3 – Tragic Songs of Life

ALBUM TITLE: Tragic Songs of Life ARTIST NAME: The Louvin Brothers YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Let Her Go, God Bless Her Kelly: Let Her Go, God Bless Her ALBUM HISTORY: Well, for the first album, I got to review depressing Sinatra songs, and now I get to review depressing, but upbeat countryContinue reading “Album 3 – Tragic Songs of Life”