Today was a radio listening morning and afternoon- I listened to the three weekly hours of The Neon Beat- on Radio George and at noon on the 70’s on 7- Kasey Kasem’s American Top 40 replay from the last week of March in 1974. Let me tell you it wasn’t a week of great music- one of the worst hit singles of the decade was #3 that week – Terry Jack’s “Season’s In The Sun”- #1 was John Denver “Sunshine On My Shoulders.” The best songs in the Top 40 that week- Benny and The Jets- Elton John, Jet- Paul McCartney and Wings, Come and Get Your Love- Redbone,  Rock On -David Essex.. the rest rather forgettable or in the case of Spiders and Snakes- Jim Stafford I wish I could forget.

Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Dizzy Gillespie

  • DIZZY GILLESPIE: KEN BURNS JAZZ SERIES: THE DEFINITIVE DIZZY GILLESPIE: 2000: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Part of the massive Ken Burns series that went along with his documentary Jazz: Sixteen tracks from the great trumpeters career from 1940 to 1967 are on this. A good career retrospective for someone like myself who is by no means an expert on the music.

  • JOHN COLTRANE: THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC RECORDINGS: DISC 1: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This box set contains all the recordings that Coltrane made on Atlantic – January 1959 to May 1961, this is disc 1 which contains mostly the album he made with Milt Jackson- Bags and Trane which was released in 1961. Great sounding stuff. This album originally fell under Milt Jackson’s name but when Coltrane later exploded and became the bigger name it was switched to his name.
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