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Jazz Primer

Great, but obscure albums to purchase

By Published: December 9, 2004
Irene Kral: Where is Love (piano vocal duets with Alan Broadbent) dreaded near cocktail jazz style album, but this is one of those occasions where an artist seemed hell bent on getting it just right just once. It's lonely, courageously unadventurous (I'm just going to sing, no tricks, no interest in proving what a great musician I am), and cohesive in a way that bears repeated listening. Her voice was going to cancer at the time and you can hear a delicate balance between the musical and the metaphysical come through.

Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington: jazz as pure joy, like 2 aging masters coming home after years of wandering. Ray Nance is very good on the album too.


Date: 11-Jun-2000 12:27:06
From: cosmo ( god.dog@T-Online.de )
Hum, the best of all? What a DIFFICULT Question! All of Coltrain, the most of Miles, many of Mahavishnu, a bit of Ornette and a lot of Don Cherry.




Date: 21-Jun-2000 23:00:37
From: RJ
Great & Favorite albums which are hard-to-find &/or less regarded: Cannonball's Bossa Nova—some of the most beautiful saxophone playing on record Coltrane "Afro Blue Impressions"—of all the master's great sides, this grabs me the most Jack Wilkins cd "merge"—lp originally titled "You Can't Live Without It"—features both Brecker Brothers absolutely burning on "Invitation," "What is this thing"etc Johnny Griffin—"Return of the Griffin"—out of print? great album so mamy others: I've always admired H Silver "Song for my Father," H Mobley "Soul Station," W Shorter "Adam's Apple," S Rollins "Next Album"; fusion: Yellowjackets "Mirage a Trois," M Stern "Upside Downside"; on & on...


Date: 25-Jun-2000 04:22:07
From: Rick Banales ( riczen@hotmail.com )
RJ-Great choice of Jack Wilkins "Merge"! Very underrated guitarist!!

A few I listen to all the time:

-Charlie Haden & Chris Anderson:None But the Lonely Heart. Chris was a teacher of Herbie Hancock. Very beautiful standards set. -Paul Bley:The Floater Syndrome. Look for this in used bins!! Wonderful work by a pianist who has a toally unique style and tone on the instrument. -Tomasz Stanko:Leosia. Dark-toned trumpeter in great band with Bobo stenson on piano an Tony Oxley on drums. Atmospheric but very acessible. -Toots Thielemans:Only Trust Your Heart. Probably the only reason this man is not considered as great as Miles or Trane is because he plays the harmonica. -Modern Jazz Quartet:Dedicated to Connie. John Lewis considers this the MJQ's finest moment. -Renaud Garcia-Fons:Alborea. Probably the finest bowed bassist you will ever hear. -Jaco Pastorius Big Band:Live in Japan 1982. This is a great example of why Jaco was considered one of the finest arrangers since Gil Evans. -Djalma de Andrade:Ocean Memories. I have been looking for years for this album. Also known as Bola Sete, this Brazilian guitarist is considered the John Coltrane of the guitar.

I hope this list will turn you on to some artists you might not have known about-I know some of the earlier recommendations did that for me!!!

Thanks-Rick


Date: 25-Jun-2000 04:26:35
From: Rick Banales ( riczen@hotmail.com )
Sorry about some of the mis-spellings on the last post. I guess I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue!! (Quote from the movie Airplane.)

-Rick


Date: 08-Jul-2000 17:36:25
From: Howie Reynold ( reynoldsh@hotmail.com )
I like "Traditionalism Revisited" which has such innovators as Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Giuffre, and Jim Hall playing New Orleans style and sweet pop song swing. Super Bit Mappping recording is wonderfully clear. Joe Benjamin and Ralph Pena on bass are a joy. Brookmeyer also plays piano, which is a treat if you've never heard him. They play tunes like "The Sheik Of Araby," "Honeysuckle Rose," and a King Oliver tune. These guys do swing!! And how!


Date: 21-Jul-2000 18:08:23
From: David Reich ( dreich@alum.mit.edu )
Remember, the key word here is "obscure." Three of my favorite obscure jazz sides are:

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary—by Albert Ayler: I cannot find even any mention of it anywhere. It doesn't seem to be on CD. I last heard it around 1970—71.

Escalator Over the Hill—by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association, reissued under Carla Bley's name. Has Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Roswell Rudd, Gato Barbieri, Mike Mantler, John McLaughlin, Don Preston and Linda Ronstadt.

And finally: Free Jazz a Collective Improvisation—by the Ornette Coleman Double Quartet. The left channel has: Ornette, Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, and Billy Higgins. The right channel has: Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell.

Hah!


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