Tuesday, July 19, 2005

You're a good man, Vince Guaraldi

Vince Guaraldi
"Jazz Impressions" (1965)

A largely mellow set from the San Franciscan best known for his lively scores for the animated "Peanuts" television specials. Vince is backed here by just a piano and bass -- and I'm a sucker for the flowing, drum-less trio sound.

John Coltrane
"Blue Train" (1957)

A legendary record, mixing driving tunes with ballads. Lee Morgan offers up some nice trumpet solos to complement Coltrane's always evocative tenor sax.

Kenny Burrell
"The Best Of Kenny Burrell" (1995)

Fluid guitar lines from the man Duke Ellington called his favorite guitarist. A few tracks from Burrell's best-known album, "Midnight Blue," stand out in this collection.

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