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By Published: December 9, 2004
John Coltrane & Rashied Ali: Interstellar Space Don Cherry: Brown Rice Tina Brooks: True Blue Duke Ellington: Ellington Jazz Party in Stereo Roland Kirk: I Talk to the Spirits Pharoah Sanders: Village of the Pharoahs Sun Ra: Solo Piano, vol 1 (+ most of his stuff...)

And not forgetting home—a great CD by a Swedish band:

Christer Both?n Band: The Spirit of Milvus Milvus

Date: 21-Oct-1998 01:12:52
From: Ken Brown ( )
The great new Gene Krupa Quartet featuring Charlie Ventura

Totally great arrangements of some standard tunes. Gene's dynamics and tasty solos wonderful. Charlie a master. Very exciting.

Alone— Bill Evans

Date: 21-Oct-1998 08:28:16
From: Jon ( )
A record I keep returning to over and over again is "Crosscurrents," Lennie Tristano's seminal Capitol recordings. Truly virtuosic, if somewhat cerebral, playing abounds on this one.

Date: 21-Oct-1998 10:15:39
From: jim smith
Hey Elliot, Just go out there and enjoy the highs and lows of discovering "The Music."I envy the journey you are about to embark on,as I guess many of the guys are to.My list,with no pointers to help you will follow. Bon Voyage.

Date: 21-Oct-1998 11:35:43
From: E. S. ( )
Although its hardly obscure, Grant Green's "Solid" is my favorite record by my favorite guitarist and is one of my favorite 60's Blue Note records (it was unreleased until the 80's though) It's got Joe Henderson and James Spaulding on saxophones and they smoke through "Ezzthetic," "The Kicker," "Solid," and other great tunes.

Date: 21-Oct-1998 15:42:39
From: Pat Marcotte ( )
Duke Ellington and Alice Babs, "Serenade to Sweden" Absolutely gorgeous!

Date: 21-Oct-1998 15:48:29
From: W Keil
Phil Woods with Michel Legrande & his orchestra: Images. This one cooks!

Date: 21-Oct-1998 19:50:53
From: Evan A. Voytas ( )
I like "Cape Verdean Blues" by Horace silver. Its got some cool grooves

Date: 22-Oct-1998 00:30:06
From: mike kaplan ( )
here's a few to add: Warne Marsh: "Release record-Send Tape" also "Jazz From The East Village" These are 2 sessions by an underrated giant of improvised music at the top of his game back in the early '60s. They are quite hard to find....i dont even have the originals...someone taped them for me. If you're looking for other Warne that might be more readily available, you might get "Ballad Album"(Criss Cross) or "Jazz Exchange"(any of the volumes now available).

Gil Evans---"New Bottle, Old Wine" also "Great Jazz Standards" brilliant reorchestrations, reinterpretations and reimaginings of classic album a showcase for the soulful trumpet of Johnny Coles, the other featuring the joyful alto sax of Cannonball Adderley

Johnny Hodges---"Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges"(Impulse) great small group Ellingtonia from a bunch of esteemed Ellington band members and others....check out "Stompy Jones" and what Richard Davis is laying down on bass behind some of the soloists!!!

Bennie Wallace---"Twilight Time"(Blue Note) New Orleans-style funk from a totally original tenor saxophonist who has forged his own style from influences as disparate as Eric Dolphy and Ben Webster

Kenny Dorham---"Whistle Stop"(Blue Note) Kenny, Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Mr P.C. and Philly Joe performing some great KD compositions...what more needs to be said?

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