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Top 10 | Essential Listens | Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrisette

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In the third entry to our essential listens list we have an album created full of intelligent verse, emotional depth and interesting musicality, written by a teenager. After a couple of albums that were somewhat successful but didn’t quite manage to hit the right note, Morrisette’s experimentation on Jagged Little Pill would take the world by storm.

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Topics: Flame Tree Pop, Flame Tree Music, How to Play Piano, Pop Music, Rock Guitar, Alanis Morresette, Jagged Little Pill

Top 10 | Essential Listens | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill

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Continuing our look at our 10 essential listen albums we turn to the 90s and an R&B classic. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is rightly considered by many to be a turning point in hip hop and rap, as well as a landmark moment in female rap. Popularising the blend between rapping and singing, that would later be key in the catalogues of artists like Drake, Ms. Hill is as influential now as she was 20 years ago.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Lauryn Hill, miseducation

Top 10 | Essential Listens | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

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In our new series of blogs we are looking at a collection of albums that need to be listened to all the way through at least once in your life. The list is in no way exhaustive (how could it be?) but takes a look at some classic albums, and some lesser listened to greats, that represent an era, a genre or an artist. There are few better examples of this than Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John. Considered by many to be John’s best, the album spans genres and styles to create one of the most creatively interesting albums of the 70s! An important moment in his discography, as well as the history of pop and rock music, see why we think Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an essential listen.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Flame Tree Pro, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John, Rocketman

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | Kind of Blue by Miles Davis (1959)

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Rounding off our look at some of the most legendary jazz albums, we turn to “the Prince of Darkness” himself, Miles Davis. Considered one of the great innovators of the genre, Davis is credited with being one of he first musicians to play hardbop jazz. King of the trumpet, few jazz musicians have come close to the influence on music that Davis has had both inside and outside of the genre, and we couldn’t have made this list without making sure to include Kind of Blue.

 

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | Duotones by Kenny G (1986)

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“Legendary” doesn’t always mean a wholly good thing and in this entry in to our legendary jazz albums list we are looking at one of the more divisive figures to come out of the genre. In this post we are taking a step back from the format we have been following and looking at the debate around Kenny G. Whether you like his music or not, you cannot deny the impact that Kenny G has had on jazz music.

 

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | Una Mas by Kenny Dorham (1964)

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As we continue with our list of legendary jazz albums we turn to an unlikely figure for our eighth entry. The album is not featured due to Kenny Dorham himself, although his trumpeting and the overall sound of the album are certainly worth listening to. It’s an interesting mix of Bossa Nova meets “something else” according to Dorham himself and features three very differently toned tracks! The actual reason we have featured this particular entry is because of the studio behind it.

 

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan (1964)

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In this week’s entry to our series looking at legendary jazz albums and recordings, we are looking at the amazing Lee Morgan and his incredible album, The Sidewinder. Learn a little about the man and find out why we think The Sidewinder deserves a spot on the list.

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus (1959)

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Continuing in our series looking at jazz's greatest albums and recordings, we are turning our head toward Charles Mingus. A master of the double bass and an excellent composer, Mingus is a legend of the jazz genre, but choosing a record to represent his influence can be difficult. Take a look at why we think Mingus Ah Um is a great example of what Mingus' brought to the genre. 

 

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | Black Radio by The Robert Glasper Experiment (2012)

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In this entry into our list of legendary jazz recordings, we’re looking at the current jazz star, Robert Glasper. With a slew of awards and a sound that screams the evolutions that jazz has gone through in recent years, Glasper is truly an artist to be heard and researched. You can really loose yourself in his work and back catalogue. In this blog we look at his incredible album, Black Radio.

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

Top 10 | Legendary Jazz Albums | Ella & Louis by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (1956)

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In this week’s look at legendary jazz albums we are turning to two giants of the genre. In their classic record Ella & Louis, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong really prove that opposites do attract. You couldn’t get two singers with more distinctly different tones and yet the chemistry on show is beyond question.

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Topics: Jazz, Top 10 Jazz Albums

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