Art Blakey – So Tired (1960)

A Night in Tunisia is a jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, released in 1960. From the liner notes by Barbara J. Gardner: “This album is a prime example of Blakey’s expressed desire to showcase his young talent. Not only is there extended solo room for the musicians; further, all but the title tune were written and arranged by the talented junior … Continue reading Art Blakey – So Tired (1960)

Jaki Byard – Amarcord (1981)

“Amarcord Nino Rota” is the first of producer Hal Willner‘s splendid anthology series. Each outing allows an eclectic array of modern, vaguely avant-garde musicians to explore the work of a single composer. Nino Rota is the Italian composer responsible for the well known film scores for The Godfather series, though the breadth of his work extends to opera, ballet and concertos.  Jaki Byard‘s solo piano … Continue reading Jaki Byard – Amarcord (1981)