Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” video series, in which we’ll search through crates of our memories to bring you a handful of album recommendations on a given theme. It’s social media in the truest sense of the term: no algorithms, no computer-generated playlist. Just jazz fans sharing records with other jazz fans.

You can watch a full-length discussion of the albums via the video player below. Write-ups of individual albums and sample tracks follow. Welcome to the party. Wishing you a happy new year, this week we bring you a list of “boozy albums” for your new year’s eve celebration.

Cecil Payne, Scotch and Milk (Delmark, 1996)

 Baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne brings a lifetime of jazz savvy and musical wit to this recording date (he was 73 at the time of this session) and his chops have never sounded better. Payne is a straight-swinger whose creative lines burn from end to end, and he’s joined here by a phenomenal band, with Harold Mabern on piano, John Ore on bass and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet. Young
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