I'm away on business today. But before I take off, I urge you to check out the hour-long radio program David Brent Johnson put together recently. David, the history-minded host of WFIU-FM's weekly Night Lights jazz show, featured an hour on Ralph Burns' Jazz Studio Vol. 5 (1955) and David Amram's Jazz Studio Vol. 6 (1957), which were recorded as part of six-album series for Decca.
David does a terrific job showcasing these albums. The Burns date, in particular, has a terrifically smart, modern West Coast sound. In both cases, Burns and Amram had free reign to score any way they wished for small ensembles. The original Jazz Studio series (volumes 1-6) is available on three separate CDs that combine two albums on each disc.
Go here to listen to David's show for free. Just click the big blue button, sit back and enjoy. Also dig David's radio voice—like silk. I'll have my weekly Wax Bits on Sunday, and I'll be back, full force, on Monday.