Miles Davis KIND OF BLUE

Miles Davis recorded this “best selling jazz record of all time” in 1959 with the Miles Davis Sextet, which included Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley on alto saxophone, and Paul Chambers on bass.

For more information on the recording of this album, check out NPR’s Jazz Profile of it at:


“Take Five” from the Album TIME OUT by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

This is the best known piece from jazz pianist and composer’s platinum album TIME OUT with saxophonist Paul Desmond (who wrote “take five”), bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello.

Charlie Parker–BIRD AND DIZ

As the title implies, this album was a collaboration between jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (Bird) and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (Diz). Theolonious Monk can be heard on the album as well. Recorded mostly in 1950, it was released in 1952. Samuel Chell says that the album is characterized by the “singularly aggressive and competitive playing” of Parker and Gillespie and that energy comes through!

Samuel Chell “Charlie Parker: Bird and Diz” All About Jazz

Cannonball Adderley–SOMETHIN’ ELSE

Julius “Cannonball” Adderley (1928-1975) was a jazz alto saxophonist whose work can be heard on such albums as Miles Davis’ KIND OF BLUE. In a 2001 interview, A.B. Spellman of the National Endowment for the Arts” calls this 1958 album (also a collaboration with Davis) “near perfect” and describes Adderley as “a fluid musician…a musician for whom playing was so easy, that sometimes it seemed that he wasn’t even paying attention to what he was doing.”

AB Spellman and Murray Horowitz “Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else”