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The series on Vanguard put together by John Hammond, led by Buck Clayton, Jimmy Rushing and Vic Dickenson, featuring also Ruby Braff and Buddy Tate, among others—these are superb examples of swing in the Basie style, but with more room than the old 78's allowed, and it is well used. Braff is very young on these dates, but playing masterfully. Someone else put the Clayton release of music from the vaults (on Columbia) on their list—this is much the same, maybe better. The Blues Hot and Cold, Bob Brookmeyer—the elegant and witty Brookmeyer, rooted deeply in jazz tradition, playing standards and originals. The level of swing is very high. Not available on CD that I have found. Personal Choice, Jack Teagarden All Stars—this is a CD reissue of a wonderful session in the 50s that features Ruby Braff and Lucky Thompson as well. Teagarden is fabulous on this disk, but Braff and Thompson match him. The drums are woefully overrecorded. J. S. Bach, Preludes and Fugues, John Lewis—my wife loves Bach and piano music, so she is crazy about this record. I like horns, so I am less wild about it, but it is lovely quiet music, good for the right setting or right person. Dicky Wells in Paris, Dicky Wells—there is a quality to these recordings in Paris with Django Reinhardt and Bill Coleman, among others, that is absolutely charming—more of this is issued under Django's name, with some great cuts. JATP, Vol 1.—not the big names that are featured in later concerts, but this is wonderful music. Jacquet and Nat King Cole stand out, but so does Les Paul. On Body and Soul there is a classic double-time with a fine Cole solo (a variation of what he did on the same song recording with Lester Young), and a very fine, subtle solo by Jacquet. Boss of the Blues, Joe Turner—one of my first jazz records, bought when it came out in the mid-50s. Turner playing with excellent musicians, including Pete Johnson, and both of them sounding better than they did in the 30s and 40s, for my money. Gerry Mulligan in Paris, Vols. 1-2—the concert with Brookmeyer, a very fine collection of Mulligan at his best—relatively short versions of fine songs, some his compositions and other standards, note the two versions of Laura. Roy Eldridge and the Swing Trumpets, a two-CD set featuring a number of great players, including Joe Thomas and Emmett Berry. Uneven, but with 50 or so songs out of the Commodore archives, there is a lot of fine stuff. One of the GREAT versions of Don't Be That Way, by Eldridge, Thomas and Berry, with a superb rhythm section of Guarnieri, Hinton and Cozy Cole. Johnny Frigo with Bucky and John Pizzarelli—fiddle and guitars, much in the style of Grapelli, but maybe even with more. Some great tunes chosen.


Date: 17-Feb-1999 16:57:00
From: Joop Aarts ( jaarts@freemail.nl )
Tony Fruscella,who outbakers Chet on Atlantic. Stan Getz,very lyrical on Forest Eyes (CBS). Lucky Thompson,the most sensual blower in the business on Dancing Sunbeams(ABC Impulse). Jimmy Heath,with Hubbard on Triple Threat (Riverside). Hank Mobley,bless him ,on Soul Station (Blue Note). Tina Brooks on a Japanese collector item called Minor Move. Billy Mitchell:The Colossus of Detroit.(Xanadu) Lenny McBrowne:Eastern Lights (Riverside) with Donald Sleet and the mysterious saxplayer Daniel Jackson.Does anyone know what became of him ?


Date: 18-Feb-1999 01:56:49
From: Kathy ( Cowgirl52@aol.com )
Incredible... that's what I'm thinking after scanning all these great postings... Anyhow, I'll be 21 in May and have been checking out jazz for about 2 years. I had a class called Intro to American Music and became intrigued by this guy called Duke Ellington. I'd heard of him, but never heard his stuff (that I knew, anyway). The rest is history... Since I'm just now hopping on the CD bandwagon (don't have a CD player yet; resisted for a long time because of cost and viability), my jazz collection is in its infancy. I don't regret acquiring a single one. Here's what I own so far:

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