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Great, but obscure albums to purchase

By Published: December 9, 2004
Date: 15-Feb-2000 17:12:51
From: Brian
Very interesting thread- it's nice to learn about other great albums. Personally, I am far from a jazz afficionado, (and not a musician) but I do enjoy listening to it tremendously.

Back to the question- my all-time favorite obscure albums are from Miles Davis' "difficult" period. I don't expect too many people to agree, but my favorites are the double discs Pangea and Live Evil.

Thanks to all for educating




Date: 22-Mar-2000 22:05:31
From: richard dee
Some interesting choices,but most could hardly be called "obscure."One guy mentioned once must surely be the most underrated trumpet (cornet) player of all-I refer to the great DON JOSEPH:three vinyl in my collection: Vol 1 "Bebop is where it's at" :side "A" Dave Schildkraut group has Don Joseph; side "B" the equally great Tony Fruscella. "String Fever" Chuck Wayne group (already mentioned). "One of a Kind" Don Joseph with Al Cohn. Last heard of in the '80,s living playing and teaching in the Staten Island area:CAN ANY OF YOU NY GUYS UPDATE US ON THIS GREAT PLAYER. Oh,and by the way,a plea to some charitable millionaire out there;WILL YOU PLEASE BUY UP THE RIGHTS OF THE CHET BAKER BIOGRAPHY AND MAKE SURE IT NEVER GETS MADE INTO A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE,ESPECIALLY WITH THIS DE CAPRIO GUY IN THE TITLE ROLE! Whatever may have been his sins,the memory of the great Mr. Chet does not deserve what we all know Hollywood would do to his life story.


Date: 26-Mar-2000 20:38:46
From: Ignatz Welk
Richard Dee: Don Joseph was also a featured soloist on some of Gerry Mulligan's Jazz Orchestra recordings which are now on a CD with the title "Mullenium" (it was released on vinyl as "The Arranger," it's now on Columbia/Legacy, excellent sound). This is great Mulligan and Don Joseph is Wow! Also, Chuck Wayne's "String Fever" is now on CD and available through Cadence (315-287-2852). This is a beautiful CD and a beautiful recording. Don Joseph is featured throughout (along with Wayne, of course). Both CDs are well worth any effort to find.


Date: 26-Mar-2000 20:40:03
From: Ignatz Welk
Richard Dee: Don Joseph was also a featured soloist on some of Gerry Mulligan's Jazz Orchestra recordings which are now on a CD with the title "Mullenium" (it was released on vinyl as "The Arranger," it's now on Columbia/Legacy, excellent sound). This is great Mulligan and Don Joseph is Wow! Also, Chuck Wayne's "String Fever" is now on CD and available through Cadence (315-287-2852). This is a beautiful CD and a beautiful recording. Don Joseph is featured throughout (along with Wayne, of course). Both CDs are well worth any effort to find.


Date: 08-May-2000 07:43:10
From: Quentin Bryar ( quentin.bryar@reuters.com )
The sublime Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh (Atlantic) album has already been mentioned, as has Mingus Presents Mingus (Candid), which has fantastic group intuition throughout, Eric Dolphy at his absolute best and the definitive version of 'Fables of Faubus.' How about Gil Evans' marvellous Priestess, which somehow seems to get overlooked when Gil Evans is discussed?


Date: 13-May-2000 01:12:53
From: davewells ( davewells@earthlink.net )
alright, enough of these mediocre fusion albums...here are the real deal:

Joe Henderson- "In & Out" Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt- "Boss Tenors" Elvin Jones- "Live at the Lighthouse" John Coltrane- "Coltrane's Sound" Woody Shaw- "Cassandranite"


Date: 08-Jun-2000 12:37:20
From: mfong ( mfong@wco.com )
Just found this thread and love it. Great help for shopping the used market.

some of mine:

Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue lively, bluesy, bouncing piano lines. I don't know how many albums I've heard, fallen in love with the piano line, decided that the horn players sound better than they've ever sounded, then noticed that Wynton Kelly was the pianist.

Andre Previn: Like Previn he's probably not a serious jazz taste, but I've always found Previn's jazz playing involving. He's one of the few classical crossover types who plays spare (as in no long fast runs to try to remind you that he's slumming) I suspect that Previn's not noticed more because he's been so successful as a conductor and earlier as a movie score guy. Besides, I've always wanted to see an album of Previn, Sinatra, and Woody Allen doing a jazz tribute to Mia Farrow.

Julius Hemphill: Dogon Music intense, haunting, one of the great music as pure spirit albums

Egberto Gismonti: Solo De Meia Dia slips you into a different world

Phil Woods: Song For Sisyphus, one of the tightest working bands of all time really well recorded includes Harry Leahey and Mike Mellilo

New York Jazz Quartet: (w/ Ron Carter) one of my favorite chamber jazz albums. I've always thought Frank Wess was the most expressive flautist in jazz. Roland Hanna can play delicate or thick and fast often on the same solo. For some reason, the recordings with Jiri Mraz don't have the same feel for me.


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