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20. Ray Charles – The Genius of…

One of the first albums I bought when the iTunes store opened in 2004 and effectively emptied my bank account was “Genius loves Company”, Ray Charles’ swansong collaboration album where he joined with artists like Norah Jones, Van Morrison and, on...

18. Sarah Vaughan – At Mr Kelly’s

Sarah Vaughan was always the also-ran when sat alongside Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and to be honest she’d mostly passed me by. And yet, there’s something about how she handles the crowd on this live album, recorded in Chicago. Her voice is mellow but...

17. Jack Elliott – Jack Takes the Floor

I guess one of the hazards of mining 55 years back is that the further back you go, the more obscure albums get hidden. It took me a couple of listens to a compilation album with exactly the same title of this before I realised I was listening to the wrong thing....

16. Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin

THIS is why I started doing this 1001 Albums thing. I started doing this because I wanted to listen to real music. I wanted to spend my days with the epic task of over a thousand albums of being enveloped in rich audio gold. I wanted to listen to Billie Holiday....