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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Better than Paracetamol - two great albums

It's Tuesday, the jam is on, but it's not my good news day. I woke up this morning, yes I woke up this morning and my nostrils were a flood, seems like I caught a cold, yes, I got it bad and that ain't good.

So, not wishing to spread the germs around, what could I do but cuddle up to the CD player and ease my troubled mind?

This also seemed to be the ideal moment to dispose of a couple more of the Dreyfus albums - there's still 3 more to go after this. I'm not going to include any of the 14 CDs/LPs in my 'Discs of the Year' listings - how could I? They're simply unbeatable.

Milestones includes seven Birth of the Cool tracks, a couple with Bird on tenor, live tracks of Miles in Birdland with Stan Getz and Art Blakey, and three with James Moody at the 1949 Paris Jazz Festival. These were the Hot Fives of their day and still sound good.

I've Got You Under My Skin is Sinatra at his finest and, if you're a Frankophile, you will already have these tracks. If you haven't then your stature in society will be questioned. A hefty chunk of the 20 titles are from Songs for Swinging Lovers - the greatest vocal album of all-time - the others are from the same period. I refer to that glorious era when Sinatra had moved on from his early croony years but had yet to become the somewhat bland Las Vegas hotshot. Those mid to late '50s recordings set a benchmark that has yet to be surpassed - it probably never will although they did say that about the 4-minute mile.

So, although I'm missing the jam (and the ale) Miles and Frank are helping to alleviate the pain.
Lance

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