Essential Jazz LP Bundle
We couldn’t build a collection of products for the audiophile without including a selection of vinyl. So we scoured the best New York City shops to find A+ albums from five different genres. From Dre to Bowie, we curated some of the best tracks from the last half-century, all brand new and ready for some heavy listening. Shop four-LP collections of Jazz, Classic Rock, Modern Classics, Folk Rock and Hip Hop.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Blue Note 4003
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers released this eponymous album in 1959 under the popular label, Blue Note. While drummer and frontman Art Blakey remains tucked neatly behind his set, he leads The Messengers through the soulful Moanin’ and the soft paletted Along Came Betty fastidiously. Side two opens with The Drum Thunder, a nuanced three-movement track that serves as a manifesto for Blakey’s unique flavor of percussive expression.
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
Recorded in 1959, Time Out is widely accepted as the introduction of compound time to the American jazz scene. Brubeck weaves together Western forms and jazz improvisations with African and Turkish folk rhythms to create multicultural musical foundations upon which the smoky styling of saxophonist Paul Desmond shines.
Miles Davis - ‘Round About Midnight
Despite being released in 1957, ‘Round About Midnight feels like it could have come out of a contemporary jazz club in New York. That’s less of commentary on the evolution of jazz and more of a salute to the stature of Davis’s iconic styling which has become the standard in the genre. The simple, intimate sound of Davis’s trumpet pairs elegantly with John Coltrane’s full-bodied sax. Standards like Bye Bye Blackbird and ‘Round Midnight highlight the pair’s unparalleled synergy.
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Coltrane’s 1965 album is widely accepted as his masterwork, selling more than 500,000 copies by 1970, a record for the saxophonist. The four-movement suite is sweetly spiritual in its exploration and expression, leading Rolling Stone to call the single-take recording a “legendary album-long hymn of praise.”