Ry Cooder, Jazz (1978)
Ry Cooder made a series of albums across the 1970s – “genre” albums – he took on blues and country and the various permutations. Here it was overt – Jazz – but we’re talking old; we’re talking, too, of a time when jazz was dead or dying (the mid/late 70s). All of Ry Cooder’s albums across the 1970s are crucial to me – and they’re amazing. I’m sure of that. I feel like any serious music collection should have a selection of them, most of them. I don’t play this one as much as the others – perhaps because I know the original cuts in some cases, or other stuff in this style, but this is a revelation. Nice to have one to saviour – to not thrash. One of those rare records when, every time I play it, I think of it as a strange, new – out of time – masterpiece. Ry Cooder’s contribution to music is enormous.
Sample Track: Shine
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