Classic Metal Albums Redesigned As 1950s Jazz Records

Look at the covers of all your favorite metal albums. While they'll probably fall into a few different schools of design, you can bet not a single one looks like anything that came out of the 1950s jazz scene. But judging from Brazilian designer Rafael Melandi's redesigns—maybe they should have. » 1/08/15 10:03am 1/08/15 10:03am

Vince Guaraldi Trio: Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental)

I consider myself lucky. I managed to make it through the first weekend of December relatively unscathed by bad Christmas music—I didn't even hear the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" remake, which I consider a victory. But there's one album you could put on repeat from now until December 25 and I wouldn't mind one bit: » 12/08/14 7:45pm 12/08/14 7:45pm

Tow Away Zone: Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

I love big band, but I also get that it can be lame. Like really really lame. But Thad Jones and Mel Lewis aren't like that. They and their band actually groove and are generally badasses, and their 1969 album Central Park North is a classic. "Tow Away Zone" is the first track and it's one of my favorites. Composed… » 9/22/13 8:53pm 9/22/13 8:53pm

Cannonball Adderley: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

"Mercy Mercy Mercy" is a great tune, but it was a surprise mainstream hit. It was written and originally recorded in 1966 and had reached #11 on the Billboard charts by 1967. Later it was covered by The Buckinghams and the Mauds, and was on the charts again. » 9/01/13 9:00pm 9/01/13 9:00pm

Lou Donaldson and Lonnie Smith: Cherokee

I saw Lou Donaldson play the other night. Which is crazy, because Lou Donaldson is 86. But he's still the man. He was joking around and calling out charts. And though his range is kind of impaired at this point, he was using the limitations to be more creative with what he did have. And at the end of the set he… » 8/18/13 9:00pm 8/18/13 9:00pm

John Coltrane: Bessie's Blues

I have this chart as my ringtone. Anytime anyone calls me this is what I hear. Except my phone is almost always on silent, but whatever. The point is, "Bessie's Blues" is a great tune. And it's interesting because it's the only uptempo track on Coltrane's 1964 album Crescent, which has some pretty dark stuff going on. » 8/04/13 9:00pm 8/04/13 9:00pm

Duke Ellington: Jack The Bear

This is gonna be a classy Friday night. You don't have to groove to Duke Ellington all the time, but when you do you should turn on Jack The Bear. This chart showcases Jimmy Blanton (Jack the bear...get it?), a bassist who at 22 brought the band to a new level in the early 1940s. Even if you hate 32-bar form and… » 6/21/13 11:00pm 6/21/13 11:00pm

Hiromi: I've Got Rhythm

Hiromi is a big deal Japanese jazz pianist who's getting pretty famous in the U.S. now, too. She's been touring around the world for awhile and her compositions are really great. Oh and her playing is totally badass. » 5/05/13 9:00pm 5/05/13 9:00pm

Oscar Peterson Trio: C Jam Blues

Let's go waaaay back for this one. Almost half a century ago, in 1964, the legendary Oscar Peterson Trio performed this great rendition of Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues" in Denmark. While Peterson could (and often did) burn through standards at breakneck speed, he lets this tune stretch out – displaying his famous… » 4/12/13 7:00pm 4/12/13 7:00pm

Blue Note: Because There's a World of Rad Jazz You Need to Hear

Yeah, we get it. This is the iPod generation, and you won't listen to anything smarter than a Top 40 song by Shakira or whoever the hell is popular right now, but there's a lot of classic jazz that you should really learn more about—if only to impress future dates. » 10/04/12 6:00pm 10/04/12 6:00pm

1940s Video Shows Off Crazy Bike Innovations

I'm not completely sure what's going on in this clip or where it's even from but it contains a) weird and crazy bicycles, b) jazzy music, and c) old timeyness—thus, it rules. I'm pretty sure the language is Czech, so if any of you know Czech, please tell me what they're saying! My favorite strange bikes: the really,… » 8/02/08 7:30pm 8/02/08 7:30pm

HD DVD's Animatronic Secret Weapon Not Enough to Defeat Blu-ray

As if 1080p video, full-resolution audio, net connectivity and multi-tuner signal decoding wasn't enough, Toshiba's HD DVD team had even cooked up a system of embedded animatronic control before the format was put out of its misery. In this video left over from CES 2008, this little mechanical jazz band playing the… » 2/25/08 5:40pm 2/25/08 5:40pm