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Great, but obscure albums to purchase

By Published: December 9, 2004
Date: 03-Aug-1999 19:54:05
From: Jim H.
I recently bought a great piano trio recording by Teddy Wilson. He covers The Duke (Brubeck), Rosetta (Earl Hines), Round Midnight (Monk),Misty (Erroll Garner) & Sophisticated Lady (Ellington). 12 composers, 12 tunes, great stuff done by Teddy Wilson in his own unique way with style and class. It was a Columbia import cut-out called "And Then They Wrote..." taped in December of 1959. If you ever see this disc, BUY IT!

Date: 18-Aug-1999 05:17:50
From: Ron Santen ( )
Its hard to ignore the 'great' albums in favour of those I like best and play most often. So in other circumstances I would definitely list Louis Armstrongs Hot Fives and Sevens, Kind of Blue, a stack of Mingus albums, Tatums Solo Masterpieces, Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard (both CDs) and piles of Ellington and Basie. Anyway here goes with my 'favourites': 'Focus' -Stan Getz; 'Nothing But The Blues'—Herb Ellis; The Ben Webster-Art Tatum set from the 'Art Tatum Group Masterpieces'; 'Dick Hyman & Ralph Sutton at Maybeck Hall'; 'Thelonius Himself'—Thelonius Monk; 'Fats at His Finest'—Fats Waller 'Somethin' Else'—Cannonball Adderley All the Buck Clayton Sessions on Mosaic referred to by another person—now there is a real treasure trove; 'Soulville" and 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson' by Ben Webster; 'Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section'—Art Pepper; 'Winter Moon'—Art Pepper; 'Music From The Danish Jungle'—Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra;

While Jazz is my first musical love -I find it hard when talking about my favourite CDs to only mention Jazz—more and more I mix Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare CDs with my Jazz CDs on my multi-disc player and all those great blues players always sneak in as well—there is just so much great stuff out there!

Date: 18-Aug-1999 05:50:09
From: julian saul ( )
I've been drumming for a year now and jazz drumming is my big thing so my favourite recordings tend to reflect this:

1. Philly Jo and Elvin Jones—Together!

2. Art Blakey—The Jazz Messenger (1957 Columbia: This album features some of Arts most infectious latin rhythms)

3. Sun Ra with his Allstars—Stars that shine darkly v1,v2—An extremely rare Saturn release featuring a superb lineup that includes Philly Jo Jones and Don Cherry among others

4. John Coltrane—Coltrane (no further comments necessary)

5. Lalo Schifrin—Bossa Nova (How come Lalo Schifrin has yet to be mentioned in previous lists ? -This is the best Latin infused jazz album I've come across so far and features the sweet tones of Eddie Harris) I'd love to hear of any similar Latin flavoured releases out there

6. Roy Haynes—Out of the Afternoon—featuring some really beautiful flute and 'strich' solos by a blind artist whose name I can't remember

7. Miles Davis—Kind of Blue (Yes I know, a Usual Suspect)

8. Dave Brubeck—Take Five (As above, but give me a chance I'm new to jazz)

9. Wayne Shorter—Adams Apple (Especially 'Footprints')

10. Art Blakey—Indestructable (Yet again Art's hard driving Latin beats do it for me like nobody else)

Date: 20-Aug-1999 11:19:22

Date: 23-Aug-1999 19:03:50
From: Zimbo
My very favorite obscure album/CD is Hal McKusick's NOW'S THE TIME which is a Decca CD. This is music from 1957-58 with McKusick as the arranger and alto sax, clarinet, and bass clarinetist. McKusick worked closely with George Russell so his music has a very elegant, composed swing to it somewhat like Gerry Mulligan's. It has the sound of big band arrangements for small groups—wonderful players, a wonderful bounce to the sound, swings like no tommorrow. Here's the main line-up:

Hal McKusick—alto, clarinet, bass clarinet Art Farmer—trumpet Eddie Costa or Bill Evans—piano Milt Hinton or Paul Chambers bass Gus Johnson, Connie Kay, or Charlie Persip drums

Others include Barry Gailbraith on guitar. Frank Socolow, Dick Hafer, and Jay Cameron on saxophones on some cuts.

This is a group of young stars on the rise who play with passion and verve, working first rate material. This CD is a continual joy—one great cut after another. I love it.

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