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Jazz Primer

Great, but obscure albums to purchase

By Published: December 9, 2004
tony williams lifetime—spectrum miles davis' former child prodigy, williams here explores and pioneers the apex of jazz-fusion. experimental, beautiful and awesome. with larry young, john mclaughlin, jack bruce, ron carter etc.

velvet underground—white light/white heat anyone who doesn't believe that "sister ray" is fusion hasn't really listened.

nick drake—fruit tree drake beautifully blends folk and jazz influences creating delicate shimmering gems.

van morrison—astral weeks a sublime suite with richard davis' and co. framing the truly remarkable vocals of van.

bob dylan—blonde on blonde imagine for a moment that the harmonica was considered a serious improvisational instrument. dylan's use of the mouth harp as a naked form of expression is magical here. add to that; soulful organ flourishes, perfect time drumming, dazzling guitar flashes and the greatest performing poet of our age.

miles davis—filles de kilamanjaro no explanation needed


Date: 02-Jun-1999 00:26:45
From: J. A. Williams ( la98slim@aol.com )
Hal Galper (WILD BIRD)


Date: 05-Jun-1999 18:23:41
From: WTKoltek
RICHARD DAVIS: Epistrophy and Now's The Time (Muse 1972). Live in a NYC club, the two title pieces are springboards for some of the most sympathetic collective improvisation recorded in that era. Group includes Clifford Jordan, Joe Bonner and Hannibal Peterson. CD ahs a third bonus track and a young Gary Giddins wrote the liner notes.

JAN GARBAREK: Triptykon (ECM 1973). When critics invoke Albert Ayler in their discussion of early Garbarek, they probably have this album in mind. It's a trio recording with Arild Andersen on bass and Edward Vesala on drums. This is as free as Garbarek ever got on record. Ultimately what Garbarek took from Ayler was the notion that folk idioms could be used as raw material for improvised music. The album has one of his first uses of an old Norwegian folk tune.

DON CHERRY: Symphony for Improvisers (Blue Note 1966). With Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, J.F. Jenny-Clark, Ed Blackwell, this is a beautifully realized suite of simple, beguiling melodies and intense solo work that anticipates Cherry's later world music explorations.


Date: 06-Jun-1999 20:58:18
From: Paulo Sá Pereira ( pspsp@tba.com.br )
Thanks a lot people, I really love this place.

- Yusef Lateef—Psychicemotus—Impulse A92 - McCoy Tyner—Cosmos—BlueNote LA460 - —Horizon—Milestone 9094 - Dexter Gordon—A day in Copenhagen—MPS 1574 - Zoot Sims—Brother in Swing—Inner City 7005 - Woody Shaw—Setting Standards—Muse 5318 - Pete Fountain—Pete's Place—Coral 9228 - Billy Strayhorn—The Orchestra—Verve 1430 - Elvin Jones Trio—Puttin'it together—BlueNote 84282 - The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop— Stormy Weather- Barnaby 6015 Thats it. Thanks again.


Date: 07-Jun-1999 07:06:19
From: Kip Vai
hello everyone!

in my opinion THE album that all of us who can appreciate good music is pat metheny's WE LIVE HERE. the reason being that it just makes you forget the earthly worries and is guaranteed to lift you to a higher ground where everything is in sweet harmony and you feel good...


Date: 07-Jun-1999 07:24:45
From: Kip Vai
scusi, i left out the important words 'should own' from my comment above.


Date: 22-Jun-1999 11:42:41
From: Kerry
CASTLES OF GHANA by John Carter

John Carter, Terry Jenoure, Marty Ehrlich, Bobby Bradford, Baikida Carroll, Benny Powell, Richard Davis, and Andrew Cyrille.

Beautiful, subtle, profound compositions with, as you can see, an absolutely first rate cast. And I do not use "profound" lightly—this is great jazz.


Date: 08-Jul-1999 16:02:26
From: Tobias Brathwaite ( tbrathwa@cablevision.com )
One of my favorite albums that doesn't get mentioned often is BAGS MEETS WES, MILT JACKSON AND WES MONTGOMERY. In particular the first cut of the Album, SKJ, dedicated to Milts Wife. The syncronicity of these two great artists is uncanny, this album is swingin.'


Date: 23-Jul-1999 00:38:11
From: Kenan Hebert ( fluxion23@hotmail.com )
Jimmy Guiffre 3 Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh Yusef Lateef: Best of (It's a piece of vinyl that I don't know if you can get anymore, but I know I can't get it off my turntable lately.) Lee Morgan: Candy Charles Mingus Plays Piano (The song "Myself When I Am Real" is a true all-time favorite track.) Ruben Gonzales: Introducing (It's from 1997, and it's far from unknown, but I can't help but mention it. Just Listen to this guy and tell me he hasn't got the grace of God on his side.)

And to all of you who've already mentioned these albums, I second that emotion.


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