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February 11, 2012 8:21 PM   Subscribe

Help me find an album my mom loved in high school!

My mom graduated in 1964, so this was likely in 62 or 63. It was an all instrumental album, featuring saxophone predominantly. The cover was blue (possibly a sky?) with clouds. It was jazz/rock-n-roll. This is all she can remember. Thanks in advance!
posted by bibliogrrl to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
One Step Beyond? It was first released in 1963. Does she recall anything about the artist?
posted by iconomy at 8:35 PM on February 11, 2012

Stranger on the Shore - Acker Blick? It's clarinet, not sax but maybe?
posted by carmicha at 8:36 PM on February 11, 2012

Oh that link was from a reissue, but Stranger on the Shore came out in 1962.
posted by carmicha at 8:38 PM on February 11, 2012

Near Myth by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, released in 1961? "Time Out" sold a million copies in '59, so he absolutely could have been on a high school kid's radar.
posted by Adventurer at 8:44 PM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Here's hoping it's Dave Brubeck. What an amazing performer. I saw him live at Tanglewood with Cassandra Wilson and it was a ridiculous evening.
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:50 PM on February 11, 2012

Update: she says she remembers it sounded "dreamy". She is a smooth jazz fan, so probably wouldn't have been a fan of the avant garde in high school. She hasn't recognized any of the albums so far.
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:19 PM on February 11, 2012

Blue and saxaphone as well as the date suggest Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.
posted by dfriedman at 9:43 PM on February 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

Here's a list of the 100 best jazz albums of all time, note that a lot of the dates are in the 1960s, maybe this will help
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:43 PM on February 11, 2012

King Curtis - The New Scene or Azure (scroll down), both from 1960

Sam "The Man" Taylor - It's a Blue World (1963)
posted by hydrophonic at 10:47 PM on February 11, 2012

Something from Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass?
posted by easily confused at 3:32 AM on February 12, 2012

Might have been something by John Coltrane. He could be pretty damn smooth when he wanted. Coltrane for Lovers? Blue Trane?
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 6:03 AM on February 12, 2012

I was thinking it might be Herb Albert too. Specifically Going Places.
posted by CoinOp at 2:29 PM on February 12, 2012

I was thinking of Coltrane as well. Maybe this?
posted by Mittenz at 5:46 PM on February 12, 2012

So - my mom said "Hmm, I don't know" to most of these. I *will* take these ideas and make a mix for her and see if anything sticks. Thank you for the suggestions.
posted by bibliogrrl at 7:10 PM on February 12, 2012

Some more thoughts...
  • does she have a sibling who might remember?

  • can you post a recording of her singing any of the melodies?

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