Off-topic for this week (although, as I've said before, I don't think music can be off-topic)—a reminder to make sure your musical diet is properly fortified with a little vitamin J. Three jazz albums, with something for everyone: one for newcomers, one for audiophiles, and one for hardcore fans. Have you bought your jazz album for this month? Take a look at these recommendations when you get a chance.
Featured Comment by John Frendreiss: " 'Have you bought your jazz album for this month?' No, I had not. Thanks for the recommendations. For the past few months I've been listening to Charles Mingus, Music Written for Monterey, 1965 in the car—over and over and over again. (I have a habit of playing records to death in the car. I listened to nothing but Cranes, Wings of Joy [about to be reissued! See the link —Ed.] for at least six months. Several people pointed out that it was really annoying.) I've come to love 'Music Written For Monterey' and I've become a big Charlie Mingus fan. (I now have an earworm in the form of 'Goodbye Porkpie Hat' circling around in my skull.)
"I've ordered all three of your recommendations and look forward to hearing them.
"Thanks again, John F."
Featured Comment by Christopher Lane: "I have not heard your first two selections, but I have had the Mingus set for a couple of months. Like the Diz & Bird Town Hall and Monk/Trane Carnegie sets that preceded it, this is a true gem. It is truly a wonder to me that such awesome music could be (and probably still is) sitting in a can somewhere. God bless musicologists."