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Sweet and lovely

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I have had a number of candidates for ‘favourite jazz album of all time’. For years it was Ballads by Dexter Gordon. Then I heard Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and couldn’t believe I’d been on the planet so long without hearing it.

But we must not forget Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin, Jazz Samba by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, or Ella and Louis (with not only her and him but the Oscar Peterson Quartet too).

Then a few days ago I came across a conversation between two of the very greatest at the very top of their game: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall. Here is a sample:

It was recorded in 1957 but not released until 2005 (!) so this time I only wasted 5 years.

© Chris Lawrence 2010.


Written by Chris Lawrence

5 November 2010 at 9:27 pm

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  1. Ach! there goes my theory. Not that it was a very strong one in the first place. We’re all right-handed in this household and have had a collection of jazz by M. Davis, T. Monk, L Armstrong, et al. since they were out as 33 rpm records. Though my own preference leans toward more classical jazz these days.



    6 November 2010 at 9:05 pm

  2. I somehow am not a bit surprised that you like this kind of jazz.

    Would it be intrusive to ask if you are also left-handed?

    Ever the psychologist –


    6 November 2010 at 4:55 pm

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