Roland Kirk – The Inflated Tear (1968)

The Inflated Tear is an album by Roland Kirk released in 1968. One of his most popular albums and sometimes regarded as his magnum opus, it established his reputation as a jazz composer and earned him a modicum of respect in music circles who had previously written him off as a sideshow. It was re-released in 1998 by Rhino featuring a bonus track and extensive … Continue reading Roland Kirk – The Inflated Tear (1968)

Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments (1961)

The Blues and the Abstract Truth is a jazz album by Oliver Nelson recorded in February 1961. It remains Nelson’s most acclaimed album. It features a lineup of notable musicians: Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy (his last appearance on a Nelson album following a series of collaborations recorded for Prestige), Bill Evans (his only appearance with Nelson), Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes. Baritone saxophonist George Barrow … Continue reading Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments (1961)

Eric Dolphy – Jitterbug Waltz (1963)

In 1963, Eric Dolphy recorded two of his most rewarding sessions which were originally released on two LPs: Conversations and Iron Man. This music has been reissued numerous times through the years, including in total on this two-LP set; it deserves to come out on CD. These dates are among Dolphy’s finest with the challenging material interpreted by a constantly shifting personnel. Three numbers (“Jitterbug … Continue reading Eric Dolphy – Jitterbug Waltz (1963)