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Topic: Essential Jazz Albums
Posted By: morris_minor
Subject: Essential Jazz Albums
Date 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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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 28 Apr 2015 at 12:18pm
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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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2015 at 11:16am
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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Posted By: RichW
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2015 at 12:58pm
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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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2015 at 2:03pm
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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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2015 at 6:19pm
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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Posted By: Lucabeer
Date Posted: 04 May 2015 at 10:30am
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.




Posted By: Sidman
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 12:58pm
Tom Browne - No Longer I (1988 Malaco Jazz Records MJ1500)
Just rediscovered it with gsp gear!

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Posted By: LOINER
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 1:12pm
Originally posted by Sidman Sidman wrote:

Tom Browne - No Longer I (1988 Malaco Jazz Records MJ1500)
Just rediscovered it with gsp gear!


There is no better way

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Posted By: RichW
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 1:41pm
Perhaps more soul/R&B than Jazz, but a good listen.






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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 2:58pm
For ultra cool exponents of what's been called "chamber jazz" you can't beat the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Milt Jackson's swinging vibraharp underscored by John Lewis' diffident piano lines were around for decades, reinventing themselves. This 1955 number is a good place to start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inHEiK5t1J4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inHEiK5t1J4






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Posted By: LOINER
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 3:56pm
If you like the Modern Jazz Quartet try their version of Porgy and Bess, recommended.

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Posted By: miT
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 6:04pm
I'm not sure if this has changed to just a recommended albums list or not but two I love:
Jimmy Smith - The Cat
Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man.


Posted By: Suggs
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 6:51pm
Originally posted by LOINER LOINER wrote:

If you like the Modern Jazz Quartet try their version of Porgy and Bess, recommended.


I love this too...sadly, my copy of the LP has a horrible scratch for the first minute or so of  the very quiet intro but otherwise it sounds great, highly recommended


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Posted By: Sidman
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2015 at 2:54pm
Miles and Coltrane - CBS Jazz Masterpieces 1988
Remastered from 1955 and 1958 original tapes.
Has Ah-leu-cha and Straight no chaser on side one with Cannonball Adderly on alo sax.
Well recommended.

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Posted By: LOINER
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2015 at 7:43pm
I had forgotten I had this one must give it another listen ,My copy is CD and I haven't listened for quite some time.

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Posted By: Sidman
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2015 at 12:04am
Miles Davis - 'Miles in the Sky' from 1968 should have a place in any Jazz collection.

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Posted By: Chris Firth
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2015 at 1:05am


Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2015 at 8:33am
I was playing Heavy Weather only yesterday. Great music with a great sleeve design . . Smile

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Posted By: DaveG
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2015 at 6:59pm
Originally posted by Chris Firth Chris Firth wrote:



Picked up a copy of this today in my local 2nd hand record store. A bit dusty but otherwise clean. All I can say is WOW!! It sounds huge, very 3D, & Jaco Pastorius' bass... well I can see why he was considered one of the best. Took me by surprise a bit, I've had a CD copy for years which I thought sounded OK but the vinyl completely blows it away in every respect. Another case of little or no attention paid to properly remastering CD's of albums that they don't expect to shift many units I reckon.


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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2015 at 7:44pm
Good choice and you're right about the WR album CD's being flat compared to the original LP's. Jaco's playing on this LP is awesome, touch and dynamics. To be fair the rest of the band are very good too!



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Posted By: less
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2015 at 12:18pm
What is wrong with Jazz vocals?

Getz and Gilberto anyone?

Les

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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2015 at 3:12pm
Speaking of vocal Jazz, I must admit to being quite keen on early Sinatra (Capitol era) and I think at least one album of his should grace any collection with a Jazz section. My personal favourite being A Swingin' Affair, where I think the slightly bitter crooning and the big band swing comes together perfectly.

It doesn't sound nearly as good on CD unfortunately, but I've got a digital rip of an MFSL pressing that sounds great. I would have loved to get my hands on that issue if I still had use of my turntable.
I've already got Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely in a mono pressing on the MFSL label and it's very nice indeed. Though that is one severely uncheery record, bordering on pitch black suicidal Ouch.


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Posted By: DaveG
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2015 at 8:02pm
Yeah I like a bit of Frank every now & then. I have copy of  A Swingin Affair from 1957 (tax code XT), the oldest album I own by some margin. I also got 2 or 3 others that I nicked off me Dad when he got rid of his TT


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Posted By: suede
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2015 at 11:25pm
I've also got an old 50s pressing of it stored away but its quite worn down in the grooves, from being played by brutal old cartridges I suspect. Going for a genuine audiophile reissue is probably easier than finding an old copy in good condition (that's good as in VG+ or better). It's sadly often the case with pre mid-60s records in my experience.

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Posted By: wareagle
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2015 at 8:45am
Originally posted by less less wrote:

What is wrong with Jazz vocals?

Getz and Gilberto anyone?

Les

Great album.

Getz/Gilberto was my first exposure to a component stereo system and started me on my audio journey in 1968.  Had a summer job delivering furniture and a customer had this album playing on a system that included a Hafler  amp and preamp, AR-3a speakers and a Thorens turntable.  It was the most amazing sound I had ever heard.  My listening reference at that time was my parents console stereo, and this just blew it away.

Saving up for a system while making $1.35/hour took quite a while, but I eventually got there.  The first album I bought was Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads & Trail songs and the second was Getz/Gilberto.  Still play both of them often.


Posted By: Sturgus
Date Posted: 31 Dec 2015 at 4:03am
Originally posted by suede suede wrote:

Speaking of vocal Jazz, I must admit to being quite keen on early Sinatra (Capitol era) and I think at least one album of his should grace any collection with a Jazz section. My personal favourite being A Swingin' Affair, where I think the slightly bitter crooning and the big band swing comes together perfectly.

It doesn't sound nearly as good on CD unfortunately, but I've got a digital rip of an MFSL pressing that sounds great. I would have loved to get my hands on that issue if I still had use of my turntable.
I've already got Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely in a mono pressing on the MFSL label and it's very nice indeed. Though that is one severely uncheery record, bordering on pitch black suicidal Ouch.




I love Only The Lonely great recording. I bet the mono is great. My all time fav is Sinatra/Jobim.
Sturgus

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Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 31 Dec 2015 at 4:42pm
I can highly recommend this - as well as the quality of music on offer, this is also a very good 'audiophile' recording




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Posted By: Paudio
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2016 at 11:38pm
Hi everybody
I would start them right here, watch this and then we talk;

Quote 1959 The Year that Changed Jazz (Jazz Documentary)





Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2016 at 9:35am
Hi Peter, and welcome to the forum.

Unfortunately that video doesn't work for me (I get an error) . . Confused


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Posted By: Martin1
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2016 at 1:28pm
As Bob said.





Martin

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Posted By: Sturgus
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2016 at 6:17am
Any body like Johnny Hartman? Coltrane and Hartman is a wonderful album.

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Posted By: wareagle
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2016 at 1:49pm
Originally posted by Sturgus Sturgus wrote:

Any body like Johnny Hartman? Coltrane and Hartman is a wonderful album.

Indeed it is.  I listen to it regularly.


Posted By: DaveG
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2016 at 9:14am

I'd never heard of this until I saw some programme on BBC4 or Sky Arts about guitar greats where he got a name check...
So I checked out youtube and then bought the album. Groovy!


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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2016 at 11:37am
Although sometimes patchy on the reissues SOV have a selection of releases.

http://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/JAZZ/ - http://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/JAZZ/

They even have a couple near the bottom on the 2 for £15 page .
( I think at least 1 is a 96 remaster, but if you don't have anyway)

http://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/2-FOR-15-VINYL/ - http://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/2-FOR-15-VINYL/


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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2016 at 6:00pm
Having just sampled the Wes Montgomery and Red Garland issues on the 2 for ¬£15 page (via AllMusic) I've placed an order. Don't really mind if these are digital remasters . . . The Wes Montgomery album has the Wynton Kelly trio as rhythm section, a couple of years after Kind Of Blue: "Rhythm Royalty" Wink.

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Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2016 at 6:18pm
Got that Red Garland one along with an Art Blakey which is no longer on there.




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Posted By: Sturgus
Date Posted: 13 Jun 2016 at 9:45pm
Just picked up a Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson. Things Are Getting Better on Riverside Contemporary Series. This is not a bad reissue. Burning grooves for the last few nights. Love it
Sturgus

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Posted By: fbpearce
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2016 at 5:09am
Hello, First post-like and own most of the excellent prior suggestions and disagree with none.
I really enjoy old time New Orleans- The Dukes of Dixieland-among many others. The Audio Fidelity releases include several volumes of "You've Got to Hear It to Believe It." The Audio Fidelity records were among the first stereo recordings in the US dating back to the late 50's. Also on Audio Fidelity-"Louie and the Dukes of Dixieland" with Louis Armstrong.
Also, an RCA recording-"The Dukes of Dixieland Featuring Pete Fountain." I dug a prisitne copy of this out of my Dad's old Magnavox cabinet
All of these are a joy to hear and never cease to bring a smile. 
Don't know about the RIAA/non-RIAA for these. I listen on vinyl but most have been released on CD and compilations are available on CD. 


Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2016 at 11:47am
Welcome to the forum, Bennett!

Good to have your jazz recommendations . . Wink


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Posted By: TheIncredibleHoke
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2016 at 8:48pm
GREAT selections above. If I could add a few more I would add the following:

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (alternate would be Grant Green - Idle Moments)


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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2016 at 9:37am
Haven't heard Cool Struttin', but Moanin' and Midnight Blue are firm favourites . . Wink

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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2016 at 5:17pm
Just had an afternoon with a playlist of LP rips from Moanin', Blue Train, Go, Somethin' Else, Time Out, Kind of Blue. . .  Big smile

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Posted By: TheIncredibleHoke
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2016 at 10:40pm
Originally posted by morris_minor morris_minor wrote:

Haven't heard Cool Struttin', but Moanin' and Midnight Blue are firm favourites . . Wink
Classic cover too! Thumbs Up
 



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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 8:12am
I definitely need to check that out, Shawn!

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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2016 at 5:38pm
Originally posted by TheIncredibleHoke TheIncredibleHoke wrote:

GREAT selections above. If I could add a few more I would add the following:

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (alternate would be Grant Green - Idle Moments)
As it happens these albums feature on a " http://www.udiscovermusic.com/the-100-greatest-jazz-album-covers - 100 Greatest Jazz Album Covers " list . . . Big smile

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Posted By: TheIncredibleHoke
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 12:40am
Very cool! Those Miles Reid Blue Note covers are so classic. Very tasteful and they've stood the test of time for sure. 

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Posted By: kgilroy
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2018 at 8:24pm
I have rather a long list unfortunately but these are albums I personally own and can recommend. Of course with all music it is a matter of personal taste. Here goes:

Duke Ellington, Piano in the Foreground - unusual because it is a trio, not orchestral and really shows off his piano chops.
Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby and Sunday at the Village Vanguard.
Dexter Gordon, One Flight up.
Grant Green, Idle Moments and Kenny Burrell, Midnight Blue if you like guitar.
Also Smoking at the Half Note with Wes Montgomery
Stanley Turrentine, Up at Mintons - there are 2 volumes
Horace Parlan, US Three
Marian McPartland, At the Festival
Monty Alexander, Montreux Alexander
John Coltrane, Ballads
Ray Brown, Soular Energy
Jazz Messangers at the Cafe Bohemia

If you are looking for female vocals:

Sarah Vaughan, self titled album on EmArcy
Peggy Lee, Black Coffee
Claire Martin, Too Darn Hot
Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley
Ella Fitzgerald, Let No Man Write my Epitaph
Diana Krall. Live in Paris
Billie Holiday, Songs for Distingue Lovers
Zoe Gilby, Looking Glass and Twelve Stories

Finally there is the audiophile favorite - Jazz at the Pawnshop. The Jazz quality is good but not great however the sound is exceptional.

Most of the above are available on vinyl with many new audiophile release. All are well recorded.



Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 14 Sep 2018 at 5:02pm
That is a great list - containing many of my favourites. Tanya from Dexter Gordon's One Flight Up is up there with the very best jazz.

I did videos of tracks from the Grant Green and Sarah Vaughan albums you mention, with the Accession and Accession MC doing their stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-4t9JGux00" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-4t9JGux00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z76gO1kmY_E" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z76gO1kmY_E


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Posted By: kgilroy
Date Posted: 14 Sep 2018 at 8:21pm
Nice.

Tanya has quite a nice dynamic range and and the drums really "pop"

Most on the list are classics but one is a young singer from Newcastle - Zoe Gilby, working hard to make a name for herself.

http://www.zoegilby.co.uk" rel="nofollow - http://www.zoegilby.co.uk


Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 29 Nov 2018 at 3:41pm
Maybe not essential in everyone's book, but http://https://www.discogs.com/Azar-Lawrence-Summer-Solstice/master/699307" rel="nofollow - Azar Lawrence's Summer Solstice is one of my personal favorites that seldom gets mentioned. 




Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2018 at 12:44am

http://https://www.discogs.com/Joe-Henderson-Black-Narcissus/master/176815" rel="nofollow - Here's one I played today that doesn't get talked about too much. Henderson's Blue Note albums are highly regarded but not everyone seems to know his early to mid 70s period on Milestone too well. IMHO this era of Henderson is every bit as awesome as his 60s work, just different. 






Posted By: suntzu66!
Date Posted: 16 Dec 2018 at 4:33pm
Hello,

My first post here.  First thanks, to B. Kohl who was gracious enough to share some of his favorite music.

The Great Jazz Trio -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Jazz_Trio_at_the_Village_Vanguard" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Jazz_Trio_at_the_Village_Vanguard






Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 16 Dec 2018 at 5:55pm
Originally posted by suntzu66! suntzu66! wrote:

Hello,

My first post here.  First thanks, to B. Kohl who was gracious enough to share some of his favorite music.

The Great Jazz Trio -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Jazz_Trio_at_the_Village_Vanguard" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Jazz_Trio_at_the_Village_Vanguard






Some great players on that one. I'll have to hunt down a copy eventually. 


Posted By: Silence_Kit
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2019 at 3:40am
Lots of great stuff listed here! I'd enthusiastically second John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Mingus Ah Um, and Sunday at the Village Vanguard, among many others folks have mentioned.

Here are a few current faves of mine I don't think I saw listed:

- Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
- Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
- The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
- Monk's Music - Thelonious Monk Septet
- Conversations with Myself - Bill Evans
-  Round about Midnight, Nefertiti, In a Silent Way - Miles Davis
- Soap Suds, Soap Suds - Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden

For a more contemporary take on the genre, I loved Makaya McCraven's "Universal Beings" last year. He recorded four different ensembles live, then chopped up the recordings and used pieces of them as samples. Described by the label as "organic beat music." Andrew Cyrille's "Lebroba" with Leo Wadada Smith and Bill Frisell was my other favorite jazz release last year.



Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2019 at 5:02pm
^Lots of classics listed there, a few which I still need for my collection. 

The Makaya McCraven album has been on my list to check out for awhile. In general, I've really enjoyed the contemporary UK scene. Maybe not something for purists but albums from Binker & Moses, Chip Wickham, and Moses Boyd all made my list of top albums for 2018. 


Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2019 at 5:14pm

My essential pick for the day. 

David Murray Octet - Murray's Steps. 

Released on the Black Saint label in 1982. 


Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2019 at 1:53am
Today's pick, classic 60s jazz from drummer Roy Haynes' group. Love the cover on this one and wanted the album for a while based on that and its reputation. I normally don't go for 45rpm reissues as I prefer the flow of a 33rpm album on a single slab of wax, but this sounds fantastic. 

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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2019 at 4:02pm
Today's pick. A little story about this album: I'm not generally a big fan of big band music (outside of certain Duke Ellington recordings and some other things...) but this is one of those exceptions for me. It's nothing like a traditonal big band album at all. It's highly dramatic, builds tension, and explodes with energy in places. I would've probably never picked this up myself either - I actually got turned onto this LP by a friend. He's not a jazz nerd or an audiophile, but a cratedigger type of guy with roots in hip hop music and a club DJ background. My point is: this is the sort of album that would appeal to folks outside the usual jazz audience if marketed correctly. My copy is an old 60s mono pressing that sounds quite good but I have no doubt it would easily be bettered with the right mastering and pressing techniques. The other thing about this album is that it's never been reissued on a standalone CD AFAIK, just a Mosaic box set that is now OOP.



Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2019 at 3:28pm
Today's pick. Sam Rivers' second LP, Contours. This is the third in the Blue Note Tone Poet series which have all been superb so far. Killer lineup on this album with Hubbard, Hancock, Carter, and Chambers. Musically it's moving beyond the hard bop of the time a bit into semi-avant garde territory, but still quite accessible. Highly recommended. 



Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2019 at 11:19pm
Today's pick, an album recorded by Grant Green in 1967 but not released until 1972. Perhaps not one of his most lauded albums but I enjoy it as much as anything by him. 



Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 04 Apr 2019 at 3:16pm
Today's pick, an underrated album of 60s jazz guitar by Chuck Wayne. You may have heard him play on some of Tony Bennett's 50s recordings. This LP is well worth getting if you come across it. Mine is a mono version, but it was released as a stereo LP also.



Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2019 at 8:17pm
Today's pick, a 1974 double album by Clifford Jordan originally released on the legendary Strata-East label. This one is more in the realm of "post-bop" and not as funky or experimental as some albums I've heard on the label. Clean first pressings of this album fetch quite a bit these days so I'm grateful for this excellent reissue from the Pure Pleasure label. 



Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 01 May 2019 at 4:50pm
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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Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 01 May 2019 at 5:34pm
I've another Bill Evans/Jim Hall album "Intermodulation". Great stuff!

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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 01 May 2019 at 9:47pm
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. 


Posted By: DogBox
Date Posted: 02 Jun 2019 at 3:38am
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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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2019 at 6:24pm
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! 

DogBox [Steve]

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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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2019 at 6:33pm
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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Posted By: John1479
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2019 at 6:36pm
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.

Add to the list....

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. 


Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2019 at 1:54pm
Originally posted by John1479 John1479 wrote:

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.

Add to the list....

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. 

That Mingus album is tied with Town Hall Concert as my favorite from him. I've only ever had it on CD. I agree that 45rpm reissues can sometimes disrupt the flow of albums. I'm sure it sounds great though. I've thought of trying that pressing before. 

The Oliver Nelson album is also great, another one I've only ever had on CD. I think there was a 45rpm version of that one as well. 

I've been looking for a clean LP copy of the Quincy album but when it does show up in the used bins it's always in horrible shape with scratches. I may have to just get a decent CD version of that one too.  


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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2019 at 12:01am
Today's pick is a 60s album by Lou Donaldson, that's more of a pre-70s funky jazz kind of music than the hard bop of his earlier recordings. Purists might not like it, but I really enjoy this album. It's part of the Tone Poet series, mastered by Kevin Gray (all analogue from the original tapes) and pressed at RTI.



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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2019 at 6:39pm
Today's pick is Bobbi Humphrey's third album, originally released in 1973. Probably her most famous work and heavily sampled by hip hop artists and such. If you like jazz with funk/r&b crossover elements, give this a shot. Certainly one of the best albums I've heard in the style. This copy is a reissue from the current BN80 series, cut by Kevin Gray from analog tape and pressed at Optimal in Germany. 


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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2019 at 7:42pm
Today's pick is Norman Connors' debut leader album, Dance of Magic, from 1972. My personal copy is a '76 reissue on the Buddah label. Four long tracks, very free flowing in nature, though it's not "free jazz". Check out the supporting cast. 



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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2019 at 10:08pm

Today's pick looks like a Chick Corea album, but it's not really. It's actually a reissue of a semi-obscure Pete La Roca album from 1967 called Turkish Women at the Bath. Since Chick was a lot more famous than Pete in the early 70s, the Muse label (among others) did this reissue under Corea's name so they could make more money (Pete sued them for this). Stuff like this has happened several times in the jazz world. Musically it's great though and belongs in your collection on some format. If you know Pete's Basra album on Blue Note, this one is a bit less fiery than that one most of the time, but it's every bit as good. 


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Posted By: Godra
Date Posted: 30 Nov 2019 at 4:36pm
I would add to the list this album : Ryo Fukui - Mellow dreams (1977). He's a japanese jazz pianist. Less known, but I really love the entire album. 

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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 30 Nov 2019 at 4:47pm
Originally posted by Godra Godra wrote:

I would add to the list this album : Ryo Fukui - Mellow dreams (1977). He's a japanese jazz pianist. Less known, but I really love the entire album. 

I've got the recent CD reissues of both Scenery and Mellow Dreams. I like them, but I recall reading that some folks (musician types mainly) found his technique a bit amateurish. IIRC he didn't have a lot of formal training before recording these albums. I enjoy them for what they are. 


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