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Great, but obscure albums to purchase

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Ask for the best 10 or 100 albums of all time and you'll get the usual suspects: Kind of Blue, Saxophone Colossus , Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens , Jazz at Massey Hall, etc. Without a doubt, these albums have earned their acclaim and no collection would be satisfying without them. But what about the great, less well-known, even obscure albums? Don't we all have favorite albums that don't ever seem to make the top 100—yet always find their way to our turntables? Let's share our discoveries...

Date: 06-Dec-1998 17:16:43


From: steve bidwell ( sbidwell@wvu.edu )
two words: pepper adams. he is the baddest baritone saxophonist you'll ever here. how gerry mulligan gets more recognition is beyond me. i think he did a record of all mingus tunes and it was just fantastic. he also made some records with elvin jones on drums. i just picked up a cd by this group from nyc named Sex Mob. its great.


Date: 08-Dec-1998 00:08:02


From: mjlarkins Sr ( mjlsr1@wans.net )
Kenny G rules? I don't think so!!

For a nice 12-pack, try these tasty treats!

Cannonball Adderly—Mercy Mercy Mercy Larry Coryell—Space Revisited Dizzy Gillespie—Portrait of Jenny Miles Davis—Get up on It Weather Report—Heavy Weather Al Dimeola—Anything by him John Mclaughlin—Guitar Player (this may not be the actual title of the album, it's the one with his busines card on it like he does weddings and Bar Mitvahs) Tom Waits—Closing Time (listen to the melodies behind the singing) Chick Corea & Gary Burton—(I don't remember the name of this album either) Pat Metheny—American Garage Anything by Coltrane Anything by Billy Cobham

Please note the keyboard has been drinking, not I. The content is correct, but the spelling has been seen at the corner bar doing 12-ounce curls

Later




Date: 08-Dec-1998 09:55:14
From: John Basile ( jbasile@cnc.com )


Some additions to the fine but obscure jazz album list.

1)Art Farmer, "Sing me Softly of the Blues." Quiet, understated music for the most part, but with a progressive edge.

2) Gerry Mulligan, "What Is There To Say?." A late 50s pianoless quartet featuring Art Farmer. Like Mulligan's earlier quartet records with Chet Baker, this one features intricate baritone/trumpet lines supported by a solid rhythm section.

3)Friedrich Gulda, "Piano and Big Band." Very obscure early 60s recording. German pianist Gulda leads a big band through three classically-influenced compositions.

4)Stan Getz, "Sweet Rain." There are dozens of discs available under Getz' name and this one is often overlooked. The band features Chick Corea on piano and Getz plays at his usual high level.


Date: 08-Dec-1998 15:38:12
From: Randy Slack ( mslack@marshill.com )
McCoy Tyner—Echoes of a Friend. I believe this album was recorded in Japan. Strictly unaccompanied piano solos. His rendition of Naima is unbelievable—haunting.


Date: 08-Dec-1998 21:54:20
From: The Mule
I scrolled through this entire list and there is not one mention of the late, great Don Ellis. While Blue Note recently reissued his "Live At Monterey" album—and it's excellent—even better is his album "Live In 3 and 2/3 Over 4 Time" which has never been released on cd. Scour the used vinyl stores for this one.

Also, vibraphonist Teddy Charles' "Tentet" album on Atlantic is well worth searching for.


Date: 09-Dec-1998 05:51:56
From: José Domingos Raffaelli ( jdr@musicshop.com.br )
Jonathan Kranz,

Finally I have the information for the Donald Byrd TCB record. Matter of fact, originally it was released by Warwick label in the name of Pepper Adams and its title was OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Out of This World—Warwick 2041

Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Laymon Jackson (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums).

- Out of This World - Curro's - It's a Beautiful Evening (x) - Mr. Lucky Theme - Bird House - Day Dream

(x) according to Leonard Feather's review, on this track a certain Jinx Jingles plays vibes. Probably it is a pseudonym of a well known musician.




Date: 14-Dec-1998 20:35:04
From: Gary Rees ( guru@loop.com )
Check these favorites of mine: Earl Anderza, Outa Sight—hard edged alto with great Jack Wilson piano. Pacific Jazz LP just re-issued on CD.

John Handy, In the Vernacular—Some of the best John Handy during his Mingus era. Lovely melodies and out-side glimpses ahead of time.

Freddy Redd/Jackie McLean, The Connection—power packed bop with well crafted compositions. Top rated.

Miles Davis, Circle in the Round—especially the track with the sitar and tabla. Fusion? You bet.

Lou Blackburn, One Note Samba—with Horace Tapscott. Weel worth searching for but hard to find—he's even unlisted in the catalogues. Two albums came out on Imperial.

Mingus at Monterrey—Mingus' own favorite.

Lee Morgan everything but especially with Art Blakey at the Jazz Corner of the World, Moanin,' Big Beat, and his own Candy and City of Lights.

John Mclaughlin Shakti—first album

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