Jazz 1959

1959 was 60 years ago. Which is funny because I was born in 1959. My birthday is coming next month, and yes, you’ll be hearing more about that as we get closer). I was listening to someone explain how 1959 was probably the best year for jazz albums, so I checked it out, and it’s actually true. 1959 probably was the best year for jazz albums.

We can start with the jazz record generally considered to be the best of all-time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. I agree – it’s the one record I’ve probably played more than any other, and if I were to suggest a jazz album that defined what jazz was about, I’d probably pick this one.

Another big jazz album, the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out also was released in 1959. It’s one of the best-selling jazz albums and has many wonderful tunes, including the classic “Take Five,” written by the Quartet’s sax player Paul Desmond. There are many other incredible, classic jazz albums released in 1959; too numerous to talk about here. I talk about more of them in today’s special podcast. There’s a fine Ella Fitzgerald song nad another vocal by Dinah Washington (she’s one of my favorite singers).

So take some time to remember what it was like in the jazz-bo 50’s and listen to a great hour of music, with these amazing artists: Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Art Pepper, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sun Ra, Horace Silver, and Bill Evans.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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