Album no. 23/1001
Look at that, we’re at the last album of the 1950s! Some might say it’s not a moment too soon.
There’s certainly been an abundance of jazz – and what better way to finish the decade than with ANOTHER jazz album. It’s been labelled one of the most popular jazz albums of all time and it had ‘crossover success’ which everyone knows means it’s not cool anymore.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: Yet another jazz album I have never heard before.
CL: I mean, I’ve heard ‘Take Five’ – but so has everyone.
NK: I really liked this! ‘Three To Get Ready’ is my favourite, it starts with a cool little waltzy piano riff, then the sax comes in with the same thing, then they all do it. It’s really gentle and nice. The opening track ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’ is also really good. The way the riffs keep coming back around make this pretty easy to listen to. I feel like there’s more of a classical influence on this album, maybe because of the piano leading the way with some pretty melodies.
CL: ‘Take Five’ is the clear winner here. Close second for ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’ though. But is that just because I’ve heard them before? I’m not sure. Oooh actually, ‘Kathy’s Waltz’ has got some crazy time signatures going on – my head’s in pieces! In a good way.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: This sounds like the soundtrack to an indie movie. ‘Blue rondo a la turk’ especially sounds like it belongs in a Peter Greenaway film.
CL: ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’ MUST have been in a movie. Surely. GUYS YES. It’s in Wedding Crashers! Where they play football! RED SEVEN! HOT ROUTE! So, most appropriate when playing competitive family football? (But definitely not).
NK: That seems like a really weird movie for it to show up in, but I’m not quite sure why.
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: It’s great! The riffs are really fun, keep you from getting lost. The time signatures are all over the place, sure, but because the melodies keep coming back it doesn’t get away from you. I really liked this. Certainly the best jazz album so far, and up for my favourite so far.
CL: Well, I for one am enjoying this a lot more than some of the other jazz we’ve had, a la Miles Davis. I may even say this is my favourite thus far – although, that’s probably not saying much.
Will you be listening again?
NK: I already put it on again walking home from work.
CL: It certainly wasn’t a horrible time for me – it was actually pretty conducive to concentrating! Yeah, I actually liked this.
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