I am a 30 year old English Pianist who has been in love with Jazz ever since hearing Herbie Hancocks 1973 Headhunters album way back in about 1985. Since then My tastes have grown to include the following which at present take up much of my listening time.
McCoy TynerFly with the Wind (Milestone 1976)
Tyner's playing has always compelled me and his solo's always completely blow me away on everything.
Patrice RushenPrelusion (Prestige 1974)
I've always quite liked Patrice Rushen especially when she goes into Herbie Hancock mode as evidenced on this album. Perhaps contains the greatest Fender Rhodes solo of all time on H'Awright Now? Any doubters!?!
Woody ShawRosewood (Sony 1977)
I really like this album as it contains a great variety of music settings and sounds like as though the band are really enjoying themselves.
Hush and ThunderYusef Lateef (Atlantic 1973)
Kenny Barron is for me one of the funkiest and most influential pianists out there, and this album showcases a few of his tracks with Yusef Lateef. The track Sunset is an all time classic.
That will do for now!!
Date: 15-Apr-1999 02:24:14
From: Patrick Tiglao ( email@example.com
Chick Corea Akoustic Band Live at The Blue Note , Trio Music live in Europe Elektric Band Inside Out Branford Marsalis Trio- Bloomington, The Beautiful ones.. John ColtraneTransitons,Meditations,Coltrane's Sound Crescent Cal Tjader- Grace Cathedral concert,Latin Concert Jackie Terrasson- Any CD Brad Mehldau- Live at the Village Vanguard Kenny Garrett-Triology Any Elvin Jones Jazz Machine Any Non-Lifetime Tony Williams Count Basie -Live in Europe Philly joe Jones-big band sounds Miles Davis Sorceror Highlights of the Plugged Nickel Dave HollandRazor's Edge Gateway feat. John Abercrombie, Dave holland and Jack Dejohnette Any small group Benny Goodman,Count Basie ,Duke Ellington, Any Jelly Roll Morton Early Early Dizzy Gillespie Big band John Mcglaughlin -Free Spirits Live at the Blue note Tokyo .....Best i could do without taking up too much space or time..
Date: 21-Apr-1999 03:41:49
From: Tommy ( firstname.lastname@example.org
1.gerry mulligan meets ben webster. 2.salt & paper- sonny sttit& paul gonsalves. 3. gene hammons- boss tenor
Date: 03-May-1999 13:42:46
From: Nathanial Hendler
Here's some albums that I wouldn't leave off of a top 100 list, but other people do (damn them!)...
Jimmy Giuffre 3 Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan Ellington at Newport (ok, nobody leaves this off their list) Money Jungle UndercurrentEvans/Hall Bassie '88 Soundtrack for Kansas City
Date: 03-May-1999 15:34:17
Check out the Armstrong/Bruebek "the Real Ambassadors."
Date: 08-May-1999 01:21:01
From: Nick Meyer
A very obscure, extraordinary album is:
"String Fever" by Chuck Wayne which is a big band recording by Columbia Record in the very late 50's. Al Cohn and Don Joseph are in the banda small big band that plays together beautifully. Incredible chemistry. This is also Wayne at his most directly emotional best. I wish someone at Columbia would go thru the vaults and reissue thisit was an excellent sound recording at the time. It also has historical importancenot only that Wayne was involved, but also it was the first big band session led by a guitarist. The arrangements were by Wayne also.
Date: 10-May-1999 22:07:51
From: David ( email@example.com
Actually one gem I haven't seen on the list (or may have just bleeped over) is: Freddie Hubbard's "Night of the Cookers: Live at Club La Marchal" 2cd on Blue Note.
With Hubbard and Lee Morgan on (occas. dueling) trumpets and Big Black on Conga, this package smokes. Every track breaks the 19 minute barrier, but it's worth the time.
Other CDs worth checking out:
Art BlakelyThe Freedom Rider, etc.
Ornette ColemanChappaqua Suite 2cd (sadly only currently available as an import), Tomorrow is the Question, etc.
and the usual suspects, inc. the works of Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey, and Mr. Sun Ra.
Most Underrated Jazz Book: New Dutch Swing by Kevin Whitehead. Anyone more familar with Amsterdam Jazz (Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Clusone 3, etc.) want to make any recommendations?
Date: 10-May-1999 22:13:01
From: david ( firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost Forgot: Cal TjaderSoul Sauce (Verve)
Date: 24-May-1999 09:06:58
From: J Russo
Bill EvansConversations with Myself Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah Cassandra WilsonNew Moon Daughter Terrence BlanchardJazz in Film Miles Davis and John Coltrane Anything by Mlies, Trane, Duke, McCoy Tyner (almost anything), Thelonius Monk, etc.
I also think that Anita Baker totally missed her callingshe should have sung with some of these greats!
Date: 31-May-1999 15:16:25
From: tomasaba ( email@example.com
some choice material that most would label as "non jazz" yet still incorporates all of the best improvisational elements.