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Today's pick, Undercurrent, a 1962 collaboration between Bill Evans and Jim Hall. There is no rhythm section, just piano and guitar, which makes for a focused and stripped down affair. My copy is a Mofi pressing from a few years ago.

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I've another Bill Evans/Jim Hall album "Intermodulation". Great stuff!
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Originally posted by morris_minor morris_minor wrote:

I've another Bill Evans/Jim Hall album "Intermodulation". Great stuff!

I have that one on a mid-70s 2-fer double LP. Haven't played it in awhile but it is great. I'll have to dig it out soon. 
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A group that you may/may not have heard is: Man Jumping ...yeah, I know, sounds a bit far from main stream jazz but, so very well recorded - I sometimes use it [World Service album; EG Records (Virgin) EGED 49] to test stylus/cartridge with. Mostly Instrumental, it is one to get your foot tapping. Their additional musicians add a very broad instrument array. I'm looking for more done by them! 

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Originally posted by DogBox DogBox wrote:

A group that you may/may not have heard is: Man Jumping ...yeah, I know, sounds a bit far from main stream jazz but, so very well recorded - I sometimes use it [World Service album; EG Records (Virgin) EGED 49] to test stylus/cartridge with. Mostly Instrumental, it is one to get your foot tapping. Their additional musicians add a very broad instrument array. I'm looking for more done by them! 

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I checked out a track from this album. A bit different than what I usually look for but interesting. It reminds you what a wide-ranging genre jazz is. The song I sampled made me think of something you might find on EMC, with more 80s electronic elements in the mix. In any case, I'll keep an eye out for their stuff in the used bins. 
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Today's pick, an early 70s album by avant-garde jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Very intense and well worth picking up if you come across it. 

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As mentioned in an earlier post, but it's so good, it's up to at least a few more mentions....LOL

Charles Mingus. -  The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady. 
1963 Impulse. Produced by Bob Thiele. 
A word of advice, I bought the Analogue Productions 45rpm AIPJ-35 B0014877-01 Ltd edition No. 0229 after a catastrophic accident with cigarette ash falling on my 1973 NM reissue. Silly B****** Cry

I would think twice before buying this if you want to play it regularly. It's so frustrating getting up to change sides. It completely interrupts enjoyment of this particular album. It was composed as a 'Ballet' piece and as an uninterrupted experience. It was cut into four principle parts for commercial reasons, to suite vinyl LP. Funny, that it's release on CD allowed listeners to experience this absolute Mingus Masterpiece as it was originally intended. Unless you make high quality recordings to listen back and save the original, then I would buy a 33rpm.

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Oliver Nelson. - The Blues And The Abstract Truth. 
1961 Produced by Creed Taylor.
Featuring, Oliver Nelson, Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, George Barrow, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Roy Haynes. 
This is Essential! Truly wonderful and accessible. 

Quincy Jones. - Walking In Space.
1969 Produced by Creed Taylor.
Featuring, amongst others, Ray Brown, Eric Gale, Grady Tate, Bob James, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Cleveland, Toots Thielemans, Hubert Laws, Jerome Richardson, Roland Kirk, Valerie Simpson, Maretha Stewart. 

This is super cool sixties Jazz baby Wink

It's worth checking out reviews on these albums, saves my waffling and besides, you'll get a proper overview. 
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