Stretch – You Can’t Beat Your Brain For Entertainment (1976)

“Oh Lord, I’ve heard that song before…” With its blandly toned album cover and punny title I’d normally flip past this bargain bin record pretty quick. But I actually sought it out, wondering whatever became of the great and mysterious singer who left his own band after recording the psychedelic pop masterpiece Elmer Gantry’s Velvet … More Stretch – You Can’t Beat Your Brain For Entertainment (1976)

Thelonious Monk – It’s Monk’s Time (1964)

“The loss in articulation can be ascribed to the notions I am at pains to express.” (original liner note) After being shamed by a friend for my rock philistinism (“you should like, you know, listen to more jazz, man”) I wisely took the known path back to Monk. (My revisitation caused a minor panic which … More Thelonious Monk – It’s Monk’s Time (1964)