Category: Jazz/ Fusion

Chet Atkins and Les Paul “Chester and Lester”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#358 in the Series) is Chet Atkins and Les Paul, Chester and Lester We’re going to change direction today. You have to love a website that can segue from Nina Hagen to Chet Atkins and Les Paul.  We strive for variety here! Chet Atkins and Les Paul were two of the greatest guitarist to ever strap it on. They played together live many times, however, this was one of the only recordings that they did together. Chester and Lester was released in 1975. It features some wonderful versions of great standards. One of my favorites here is their version of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” They also cover Sammy Cahn’s “It’s Been a Long, Long...

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “Whipped Cream & Other Delights”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#337 in the Series) is Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream & Other Delights OK, A question for all the baby-boomer guys in the room. Do I even need to do a write-up for this album? I don’t think the music really mattered to us when we were curious young men! Back in 1965, Herb Alpert was the king of cool. This music was everywhere. It was in all the cool places as well. The popularity of this trumpet and brass driven jazz fit in well with the likes of the James Bond hits of the day.  Think Casino Royale! As I’m guessing most of you know that the great band-leader,...

Jean-Luc Ponty “Imaginary Voyage”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#287 in the Series) is Jean-Luc Ponty, Imaginary Voyage. Some people might not realize how popular jazz-fusion was from the early 70s to early 80s. Acts like Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Brand X, Jeff Lorber, Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Passport, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour and Shadowfax were all over the place. Cripes, Spyro Gyra was a house hold name! (I was a bigger fan of “Spyrograph” myself) It was really a fun time. Jean Luc Ponty was one of the leaders in this genre.  He was popping them out like crazy while playing in bands along the likes of Frank Zappa and the previously mentioned Mahavhishnu Orchestra. Don’t get...

Carlos Santana Mahavishu John McLaughlin ‘Love Devotion Surrender’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#183 in the Series) is the 1973 release from guitar virtuosos Carlos Santana and Mahavishnu John McLaughlin titled Love Devotion Surrender. This was released on the heals of the Santana album Caravanserai.  Both albums somewhat mystified die hard Santana fans.  Both albums were a major turn from the latin-tinged Jam Rock that was featured on the bands first three releases. Santana’s second and third albums (Abraxas and the one known as III) had been number one sellers.  Caravansarai peaked at number eight and this release peaked at 14.  So the new sound showed an effect on sales.  It would take the band 26 more years to hit the top of the charts. (Supernatural,...

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