After several hearings, these albums are growing on me and I'm glad I stuck with it. They may not be for everyone, or perhaps for anyone at all times, but give the music a chance. Like many good things, it is probably an acquired taste. When imported iTunes, the genre showed up as "255." Perhaps something so mysterious is appropriate. The mood is so unique as to demand its own sub-genre. The director of a "film noir" could do no better than turn to this group for the music. One could also envision it for a spy thriller. Anyway, I shall replace the "255" in my itunes library with "Jazz noir". If such an atmosphere might appeal to you, don't miss this experience.