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    Posted: 28 Apr 2015 at 11:38am
What jazz albums do you consider a "must have" for anyone wanting to start a jazz collection?

I'll kick off with some very obvious candidates:

Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue'
John Coltrane 'Blue Train'
Dave Brubeck 'Time Out'

and one not so obvious:

Jim Hall 'Concierto' (which takes its name from the atmospheric jazz version of the slow movement of Rodriguez' famous guitar concerto)
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Filling up with some other favourites of mine I would call essential. Something to have a look at once you've got the ones above.

John Coltrane -  My Favourite Things
                         Giant Steps



Charles Mingus -  Mingus Ah Um
                           The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady
                         

Cannonball Adderly -  Somethin' Else


And the additional 

Ahmad Jamal Trio -  Live At The Pershing Lounge 1958


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Definitely the albums above Johan - though the Ahmad Jamal Trio is new to me . . . (will look on YouTube and Spotify . . . )

Another artist to recommend is Thelonious Monk. 'Live at the IT Club' is a good start . . . When I first heard his angular, 'mis-timed', 'wrong note' playing it rather put me off, but when you submit to Monk's world you see it for sheer genius, unlike anyone else.

I'm rather obsessed with Monk's "'Round Midnight". I guess I have between 20 and 30 different versions by a range of artists all (well most) finding something different in the tune and harmony. A favourite version is by German opera singer Ute Lemper on her "Illusions" album (Decca): ultra smokey and sexy . . .Embarrassed
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Thanks for these recommendations.
I own 'Kind of Blue', which I must play more often, but always been uncertain what else
to listen to.
Will try Coltrane & Brubeck.

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If you like Kind of Blue, then Somethin' Else is a natural partner. It has much the same lineup as K-o-B and only has Cannonball Adderley's name on it due to (I think) contractual issues. The music is a bit less "modal" than K-o-B but none the worse for that . . . 
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Were opening up a whole can of 'what is jazz' here...

Seems to be no vocals here.. nobody want to risk the Hifi Show Jazz jibe?

So in that frame..

Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis (punishes an edgy system)

After Midnight - Nat King Cole Trio.

oh go on then I will risk the vocal jibe

I put a Spell on you - Nina Simone
 ( [edit] oooh actually Nina at Town Hall might be better, must 'borrow' if from my Father again.)

Does Frank Count?

Songs for Swinging Lovers - Frank Sinatra



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Lionel Hampton - Golden Vibes/Silver Vibes

are two LPs that I would recommend for lovers of softer, easier classic jazz. I have both of them on original Columbia pressings from the '50s.


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