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« on: August 10, 2011, 05:52:47 PM »

I've been getting into Jazz lately, and I was wondering what jazz records some of you all like...

This thread may go nowhere, but I'm hoping there are some jazz fans on SmileySmile that can help me with my quest for finding amazing jazz albums.

So, anyone here have any favorite albums?

(I've been really liking Coltrane, Miles Davis, and just bought 'Bird and Diz' and am loving it).
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011, 06:34:58 PM »

miles davis-- Bitches Brew
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011, 09:42:03 PM »

I don't have much of a jazz collection, and i'm sure there's people on here far more knowledgeble on the subject than me, but here's some of the jazz records I own and enjoy..


Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (pretty much the essential jazz album)
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way (I actually prefer this to Bitches Brew)
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin
John Coltrane - My Favourite Things
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2011, 10:01:11 PM »

Black Saint and the sinner lady and Epitaph by Charles Mingus and of course the essential A Kind of blue by Miles Davis and practically anything you can get from Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington.
Also I've been listening lately this wonderful singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am-jcWcgeI8&feature=related
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2011, 11:31:55 PM »

The Music From Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini
Time Out - Dave Brubeck Quartet
Birth Of The Cool - Miles Davis
Anything by Charlie Parker on Dial
Stan Kenton In Hi-Fi
Ellington Live At Newport
Back At The Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
anything with Charlie Christian
Ken Burns' Jazz soundtrack
Jazz Winds From A New Direction - Hank Garland
HR Is A Dirty Guitar Player - Howard Roberts
Giant Steps - John Coltrane
any Poll Winners with Barney Kessel
Glen Miller - all the hits
Songs For Swingin' Lovers - Frank Sinatra
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011, 12:03:25 AM »

Kind Of Blue trumps them all!
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011, 04:27:00 AM »

John Coltrane - Blue Trane.

Seriously, check this out. Even better than Kind of Blue.

Also, off the top of my head:
Thelonious Monk - Solo Monk
Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
Miles Davis - Milestones
Charles Mingus - Us, Ah, Um.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 05:14:19 AM »

I've been listening to quite a lot of live 70's Miles - The Cellar Door Sessions in particular make me feel weak. Such powerful, insane music.

On The Corner is my personal favourite of his electric period in the studio - such groove. The Jack Johnson Sessions are also great. But exhausting to listen to, you know?

On the nicer side of the spectrum, there's Duke Ellington - try and find the version of Black, Brown and Beige with him and Mahalia Jackson on the cover, as there are a few differing versions of the suite iirc. I also have a 20 minute condensed version, but what that makes up for with being played by a full orchestra is lost with losing the sprawling nature of the whole suite.

His early sides are also essential, but i need to dig further into the 50's/60's suites he kept churning out.

Bill Evans' 'Waltz For Debby' is also lovely.
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011, 08:11:07 AM »

Without a doubt, my favorite jazz collections are the Ken Burns box, and the Mile Davis/Bill Evans Box.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 09:27:08 AM »

Thanks for the responses everybody (keep em coming!)

I'll definitely check some of these out

I've owned Blue Train for quite some time - and it has to be my favorite jazz album thus far....I like it better than 'Kind of Blue' myself...but alas there are so many albums to listen to yet...can't wait to delve in!

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2011, 11:47:41 AM »

I really like Kenny Dorham's Afro-Cuban since it sounds like it says on the cover, and that's a wicked groove to have, but I'm not much of a jazz fan so what do I know!
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2011, 08:49:30 PM »

"A Love Supreme"..."A Love Supreme"..."A Love Supreme"..."A Love Supreme"..."A Love Supreme"....
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2011, 09:42:53 AM »

For me, this is the album, this is the track. Still astonishing to my ears even after nearly half a century (gulp):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r6T4lvYxaA
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2011, 12:06:20 AM »

Time Out - Dave Brubeck Quartet also gets my vote, friggin' awesome stuff!
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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2011, 06:24:48 PM »

 Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  Cool
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2011, 09:02:24 PM »

No question about it, Return To Forever - Light as a Feather
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2011, 09:32:51 PM »

Detroit-- Yusef Lateef 
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2011, 03:52:56 PM »

In A Silent Way: Miles Davis
Get Up With It: Miles Davis
Big Fun: Miles Davis
Bitches Brew: Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain: Miles Davis
Waves: Charles Lloyd
A Love Supreme: John Coltrane
Science Fiction: Ornette Coleman


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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2011, 04:58:40 PM »

Jazz is every bit as diverse a term as, say, "rock n roll." So I wouldn't expect you to agree right off. The ones you named would lean toward some bop (with the bird and diz) and its next generation (miles and coltrane). But of courser, those latter guys really went a million directions, especially miles. My favorites, not that you would necessarily like them, are Miles' second great quintet (the Shorter-Williams-Hancock-Carter group), any and everything by Thelonious Monk, the Monk-Sonny Rollins collaborations, a lot of Art Blakey's stuff, Andrew Hill's work (genius), and if you get out there structurally, Cecil Taylor is a brilliant mind-f***. Duke Ellington is America's most brilliant composer of all time and you can't go wrong with Count Basie. If you go into vocal jazz, Billie Holiday is unmatched to these ears.
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2011, 05:50:48 PM »

Thanks Luther! I just bought an Art Blakey album, and a Thelonious Monk album. (I'd tell you what albums, but I'm not anywhere near my home or computer and I can't remember the names)...and now i'm waiting for a boxset album of Miles Davis and Jack Johnson to come in the mail.
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2011, 06:02:01 PM »

Let me know what you start to like most, I'd be happy to point you toward more of what seems to be a natural progression from it.
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« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2015, 05:18:23 AM »

Whenever i get bored I dig out an old topic and hope it catches on (again)...

As someone who has not been bitten by the jazz bug, I tend to like individual pieces rather than entire albums. Examples include Coltrane's "Afro Blue",  Jimmy Guiffre's "The Train And The River" and Shelly Manne's "A Bluish Bag"----that arco bass!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Y9x6_7h4k 
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« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2015, 06:10:03 AM »

I'm of the same mind, john k. Actually that's true for me across musical genres. (I think the pressure/expectation of a full 35-70 minute set of good and coherent music is usually unrealistic, actually.)

Possibly my favorite jazz piece: "Isfahan," by Duke Ellington and featuring one of the greatest alto saxophonists, Johnny Hodges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQKAR8x-p5s
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« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2015, 07:31:21 AM »

Eric Dolphy - Out There
Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
The Fourth Way - The Fourth Way
Pharoah Sanders - Jewels Of Thought
John Handy Concert Ensemble - Projections
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« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2015, 08:55:12 AM »

Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure

Absolutely. Hill is one of the most under-appreciated greats, not only of the '60s but of all time. If I'm not mistaken, I had just discovered him back when I posted my first response in this thread (several years ago), and I still remember how excited I was about him. I think Point of Departure was the first thing of his I bought, with several other great albums shortly behind. He's a really good composer, but increasingly I am wowed by his piano playing. He's a great soloist, but I love particularly his comping for other soloists. He's percussive to the point of incision, great timing in that respect almost like Monk. So imaginative with voicings too. His work behind Henderson on "New Monastery" is so interesting, melodic.
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