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By Published: December 9, 2004
Date: 14-Oct-1998 11:58:06
From: Steve Wilson ( swilson19@juno.com )
Tom Scott: "Born Again." What a beautiful tone Tom gets on his tenor. From my list above you know I have no problem with electric Jazz or jazz-rock fusion (oh no, the "f" word,) but this album has no, nada, none fusion Just great straight-ahead mainstream jazz. I remember Tom pre-70's when all he would play is jazz. Still in college, he played with the pre-electric Don Ellis big band in the L.A. area, and his influences were (mostly) Cannonball, and Oliver Nelson. This album is a monster, I kid you not. Try it once and it won't be far from your stereo for a long time. Also dig Randy Brecker and Kenny Kirkland on this disc.


Date: 14-Oct-1998 18:47:18
From: ChriS ( cslawec9@idt.net )
I got into Jazz through the 70s Soul-Funk bag. My personal underrated classics would be:

Yusef Lateef's Funk album produced for CTI by Creed Taylor, Autophysiopsychic.

Sun Ra's The Singles , a two-CD set from Evidence which captures everything from his backing vocal doo-wop groups and BUDDY GUY to an outta space version of "The Batman Theme" and Ra's usual off the wall shit.

Art Farmer's The Summer Knows , a collection of ballads (including Burt Bacharach's classic "Alfie") done in his warm and wonderful tender tone.

John Klemmer's Hush , see Farmer above.

And finally, the two albums that turned me into the sprawling mess you see before you: Les McCann Live At Montreux , a two-record four-side party suite, and Yusef Lateef's Hush N' Thunder , which includes my all time favorite psuedo-classical Funk jam, "Opus, Part I" and "II." Great, great topic.


Date: 14-Oct-1998 18:52:14
From: ChriS ( cslawec9@idt.net )
Damn! I forgot Mingus Plays Piano , a collection of Mingus piano solos so stunningly beautiful I don't know how anyone who ever heard it could possibly forget it, Oliver Nelson's orchestral masterpiece Blues and the Abstract Truth , and my personal favorite Freddie Hubbard album, that slow rolling yet steamy and rockin' Red Clay. Done!


Date: 15-Oct-1998 11:45:27
From: Bill ( ukeleleike@aol.com )
Phineas Newborn; A WORLD OF PIANO. Have to second the previous comment on this disc. The Horace Silver tune "Juicy Lucy" is worth the cover price all by itself.

Harold Land; THE FOX Nifty, tricky L.A-style hard bop (not necessarily an oxymoron. The accelerated title cut is amazing. Includes the underrated Elmo Hope on piano and the only available recordings of the amazing Dupree Bolton, a trumpet player with a truly weird life history...

Thelonious Monk Orchestra LIVE AT TOWN HALL: This is never included in lists of Monk must-haves...I don't know why; the orchestrations are delightful, the band members (including Charlie Rouse, Phil Woods, and Pepper Adams) all have great Monk chops, and it's got the best "Friday the 13th" (a tune that really NEEDS fuller orchestration) ever.

Hanry "Red" Allen; WORLD ON A STRING. Late period (1957) material from a great N'Awlins trumpeter. Mainly for that loooong trumpet solo on "I Cover the Waterfront..."also for great supporting work from Coleman Hawkins and J.C. Higgenbotham.

Herbie Nichols; LOVE, GLOOM, CASH, LOVE. Gotta have some Herbie Nichols. Gotta.


Date: 15-Oct-1998 19:56:34
From: Jonathan Kranz ( jonkranz@mediaone.net )
I bought my first CD based on a recommendation from this thread, "Cornbread." It is, of course, wonderful. (Tip of the hat to Paul.)

I want all the other contributors to know that I'm eagerly searching for their selections, especially, "Candy," "World of Piano," "We Three," the Vince Guaraldi Black Orpheus CD, and many others I'm too tired and wine-sodden to recall at this moment.

And I agree that Monk's "Live at Town Hall" album deserves greater praise. In fact, it's the first Monk album I ever heard; I friend loaned it to me when I was 15 or 16. I've been searching for it since. (And Charlie Rouse is one of those musicians who deserves greater acclaim.)

I have a mystery I wonder if you can solve: two albums by "TCB" records, one by Freddie Hubbard called "Getting Together," number 1001, and featuring Curtis Fuller; and TCB number 1002 by Donald Byrd, with Herbie Hancock. I got these for free before a used-record shop owner threw them away. I've never seen them mentioned in any review of these artists' works. Has anyone ever seen or heard them before? Does anyone know who the sidemen are on the Hubbard album? Does anyone know anything about the mysterious "TCB"?

By the way, they're not bad—hard driving bop in the Blue Note mode without the great recording quality.


Date: 15-Oct-1998 21:31:58
From: earl d ( eldphd@infohwy.com )
Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton, "Jazz Spectacular." Orig. issued in 1956 on Col., with Clayton, Winding, J.J. Johnson, Charles Thompson, et. al. Re-issued in part on Frankie Laine on Cedar CD433.


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