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GEORGE RUSSELL: "Jazz in the Space Age" which are Russell compositions featuring a 1960s line-up with the pianists Bill Evans and Paul Bley as the featured soloists!! Other notables include Bob Brookmeyer, Milt Hinton, Charlie Persip, Bary Galbraith, Frank Rehak, Hal McKusick etc. etc.

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS ORCHESTRA: "Blu Blu Blu" this is simply one of the best big band albums released in the 1990s with Jack Walrath, Lindsey Horner, Warren Smith, Thurman Barker etc. etc.

Date: 27-Oct-1999 01:33:04
From: Phil Kelly ( [email protected] )
Speaking of Geo. Russell:

1. NEW YORK NEW YORK w/ Coltrane, Bill Evans, and a hell of a band ..

2. Gerry Mulligan CONCERT JAZZ BAND—w/ Russell's AA ABOUT ROSIE

Both great record

Date: 28-Oct-1999 20:05:51
From: Brian Rajski ( [email protected] )
1: Wayne Shorter—Etc. just as good as "speak no evil," dark and beautiful 2: Andrew Hill—Point of Departure terrific group performance by a unique composer

Date: 02-Nov-1999 01:13:59
From: gareth
Don Pullen-Ode to life Chick Corea and Orgin-change JOe Lovano-tenor Legacy

Date: 17-Nov-1999 23:55:35
From: Biskit ( [email protected] )
My 10 or so: Dave Holland—Conference of the Birds I am more of a Coltrane and classics fan, but this is one of my all-time favorites Keith Jarrett—Facing You He is out of fashion and sometimes a jerk and released too many albums, but this is a good one. Mingus Changes One This is not maybe his most classic, but it moves. Bobby Timmons Easy Does It with Sam Jones and Jimmy Cobb, underrated Parker, Powell, Gillespie, Mingus, Roach—Greatest Jazz Concert Ever Maybe not greatest ever, but damn close. Art Blakey Moanin' Great Lee Morgan playing, title track never leaves my head. Jaki Byard The Jaki Byard Experience This is a great record, Roland Kirk is fantastic. The first cut takes off. This is a flat out great record, obscure or not. Ornette Coleman—The Shape of Jazz to Come Lonely Woman is so haunting. This is a usual suspect, but how many people really listen to it. Re-check it out. What was once considered unlistenable now sounds almost like great old standards. Ornette—The Art of the Improvisers—Another usual suspect, but for good reason. Ornette—Dancin' in My Head If ever there was an aptly named record Stanley Cowell—Illusion Suite Great piano stuff. Blues for the Viet Cong is another good title by him. Miles Davis—Facets Lesser known Miles, even has a good vocal number. Herbie Hancock—Maiden Voyage This was pretty standard stuff, but holds up over time. Elvin Jones—Genesis Best cut-out I ever purchased. Andrew Hill Black Fire Jan Garbarek—Belonging. My favorite European title. Arnie Lawrence—Look Toward a Dream This is the best most obscure record. Larry Coryell and Roy Haynes and it is good. John Coltrane—Giant Steps One of the most usual suspects still does it for me as does My Favorite Things Seems that there are lots of fusion fans on this list. I was just talking the other day that a Chick Corea Return to Forever concert with Bill Connors in Basel, Switzerland of all places, and a John McLaughlin Inner Mounting Flame era concert were among the best I ever heard and that no records ever come close to approximating the live performances I heard.

Date: 28-Nov-1999 14:02:34
From: Soozie
Out of all the Grant Green records I've heard over the past few years, and I've heard a lot of them, my favorites are:

IDLE MOMENTS with Joe Henderson, Duke Peason, Bobby Hutcherson, etc. This is superb!! Interesting instrumental mix & sound. Classy, sophisticated sound.

A straight ahead 2CD quartet set with the pianist Sonny Clark is a real showcase for both Grant Green and the always subtle Sonny Clark. It's called GRANT GREEN THE COMPLETE QUARTETS WITH SONNY CLARK.

And anything which has the great tenor Ike Quebec on it : the CDs that have Green, Clark, and Quebec on are heavenly. My favorites are: IKE QUEBEC-BLUE AND SENTIMENTAL; and GRANT GREEN- BORN TO BE BLUE.


Date: 10-Dec-1999 15:00:44
From: david sleet ( [email protected] )
If you have heard or have "All Members" (pacific Jazz) with my brother, and trumpter DON SLEET (or any other with him like Lenny McBrown and 4 Souls)I would like to get a copy/buy a copy/make a CD? Can you help?

Date: 10-Dec-1999 15:02:50
From: david sleet ( [email protected] )
If you have heard or have "All Members" (pacific Jazz) with my brother, and trumpter DON SLEET (or any other with him like Lenny McBrown and 4 Souls)I would like to get a copy/buy a copy/make a CD? Can you help?

Date: 27-Dec-1999 18:28:03
From: A music lover
There's a group outta Nashville called The Guy Smiley Blues Exchange- surprisingly fun jazz based in groove, funk, and improv. Lots of saxophones, incredible rhythm section, great tunes, full arrangements and sound. A breath of fresh air in a stagnant decade of jazz. Check 'em out.

Date: 30-Dec-1999 05:14:39
From: Alexander ( alx )
Keith Jarrett "Tokyo'96" Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" Pharoah Sanders "Cresent With Love"

Date: 26-Jan-2000 15:23:14
From: JALAL LATIF ( [email protected] )
my ten are,and not necessary in this order;ole'-trane.; the great concert-mingus(the vinyl,the cd is the 1st day,the best performance was the issue on vinyl which was the 2nd day except for the cut with johnnie coles on it that cut was from the 1st day) (3.monk underground (4.yusef live at peps. (5. impressions-trane (6.mingus-monterey concert (7.raga marwa-the 40min.raga-ali akbar khan (8.kulu se mama-trane (9.2tenors-yusef & shepp.(10.mingus at antibes .i probably play these sides more than any others i have.

Date: 27-Jan-2000 01:39:05
From: Fred Jay ( [email protected] )
I scrolled way down on the lists and was saddened by omissions. For pure listening pleasure, wonderful tone and originality without ever losing sight of the tune, it is BOOTS RANDOLPH, for listening that you remember and try to hum alone—but it never works for me unless i am listening. The best albumn is Sunday Sax (I exclude "Yackety Sax" from the above)..

Date: 15-Feb-2000 17:12:51
From: Brian
Very interesting thread- it's nice to learn about other great albums. Personally, I am far from a jazz afficionado, (and not a musician) but I do enjoy listening to it tremendously.

Back to the question- my all-time favorite obscure albums are from Miles Davis' "difficult" period. I don't expect too many people to agree, but my favorites are the double discs Pangea and Live Evil.

Thanks to all for educating

Date: 22-Mar-2000 22:05:31
From: richard dee
Some interesting choices,but most could hardly be called "obscure."One guy mentioned once must surely be the most underrated trumpet (cornet) player of all-I refer to the great DON JOSEPH:three vinyl in my collection: Vol 1 "Bebop is where it's at" :side "A" Dave Schildkraut group has Don Joseph; side "B" the equally great Tony Fruscella. "String Fever" Chuck Wayne group (already mentioned). "One of a Kind" Don Joseph with Al Cohn. Last heard of in the '80,s living playing and teaching in the Staten Island area:CAN ANY OF YOU NY GUYS UPDATE US ON THIS GREAT PLAYER. Oh,and by the way,a plea to some charitable millionaire out there;WILL YOU PLEASE BUY UP THE RIGHTS OF THE CHET BAKER BIOGRAPHY AND MAKE SURE IT NEVER GETS MADE INTO A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE,ESPECIALLY WITH THIS DE CAPRIO GUY IN THE TITLE ROLE! Whatever may have been his sins,the memory of the great Mr. Chet does not deserve what we all know Hollywood would do to his life story.

Date: 26-Mar-2000 20:38:46
From: Ignatz Welk
Richard Dee: Don Joseph was also a featured soloist on some of Gerry Mulligan's Jazz Orchestra recordings which are now on a CD with the title "Mullenium" (it was released on vinyl as "The Arranger," it's now on Columbia/Legacy, excellent sound). This is great Mulligan and Don Joseph is Wow! Also, Chuck Wayne's "String Fever" is now on CD and available through Cadence (315-287-2852). This is a beautiful CD and a beautiful recording. Don Joseph is featured throughout (along with Wayne, of course). Both CDs are well worth any effort to find.

Date: 26-Mar-2000 20:40:03
From: Ignatz Welk
Richard Dee: Don Joseph was also a featured soloist on some of Gerry Mulligan's Jazz Orchestra recordings which are now on a CD with the title "Mullenium" (it was released on vinyl as "The Arranger," it's now on Columbia/Legacy, excellent sound). This is great Mulligan and Don Joseph is Wow! Also, Chuck Wayne's "String Fever" is now on CD and available through Cadence (315-287-2852). This is a beautiful CD and a beautiful recording. Don Joseph is featured throughout (along with Wayne, of course). Both CDs are well worth any effort to find.

Date: 08-May-2000 07:43:10
From: Quentin Bryar ( [email protected] )
The sublime Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh (Atlantic) album has already been mentioned, as has Mingus Presents Mingus (Candid), which has fantastic group intuition throughout, Eric Dolphy at his absolute best and the definitive version of 'Fables of Faubus.' How about Gil Evans' marvellous Priestess, which somehow seems to get overlooked when Gil Evans is discussed?

Date: 13-May-2000 01:12:53
From: davewells ( [email protected] )
alright, enough of these mediocre fusion albums...here are the real deal:

Joe Henderson- "In & Out" Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt- "Boss Tenors" Elvin Jones- "Live at the Lighthouse" John Coltrane- "Coltrane's Sound" Woody Shaw- "Cassandranite"

Date: 08-Jun-2000 12:37:20
From: mfong ( [email protected] )
Just found this thread and love it. Great help for shopping the used market.

some of mine:

Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue lively, bluesy, bouncing piano lines. I don't know how many albums I've heard, fallen in love with the piano line, decided that the horn players sound better than they've ever sounded, then noticed that Wynton Kelly was the pianist.

Andre Previn: Like Previn he's probably not a serious jazz taste, but I've always found Previn's jazz playing involving. He's one of the few classical crossover types who plays spare (as in no long fast runs to try to remind you that he's slumming) I suspect that Previn's not noticed more because he's been so successful as a conductor and earlier as a movie score guy. Besides, I've always wanted to see an album of Previn, Sinatra, and Woody Allen doing a jazz tribute to Mia Farrow.

Julius Hemphill: Dogon Music intense, haunting, one of the great music as pure spirit albums

Egberto Gismonti: Solo De Meia Dia slips you into a different world

Phil Woods: Song For Sisyphus, one of the tightest working bands of all time really well recorded includes Harry Leahey and Mike Mellilo

New York Jazz Quartet: (w/ Ron Carter) one of my favorite chamber jazz albums. I've always thought Frank Wess was the most expressive flautist in jazz. Roland Hanna can play delicate or thick and fast often on the same solo. For some reason, the recordings with Jiri Mraz don't have the same feel for me.

Irene Kral: Where is Love (piano vocal duets with Alan Broadbent) dreaded near cocktail jazz style album, but this is one of those occasions where an artist seemed hell bent on getting it just right just once. It's lonely, courageously unadventurous (I'm just going to sing, no tricks, no interest in proving what a great musician I am), and cohesive in a way that bears repeated listening. Her voice was going to cancer at the time and you can hear a delicate balance between the musical and the metaphysical come through.

Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington: jazz as pure joy, like 2 aging masters coming home after years of wandering. Ray Nance is very good on the album too.

Date: 11-Jun-2000 12:27:06
From: cosmo ( [email protected] )
Hum, the best of all? What a DIFFICULT Question! All of Coltrain, the most of Miles, many of Mahavishnu, a bit of Ornette and a lot of Don Cherry.

Date: 21-Jun-2000 23:00:37
From: RJ
Great & Favorite albums which are hard-to-find &/or less regarded: Cannonball's Bossa Nova—some of the most beautiful saxophone playing on record Coltrane "Afro Blue Impressions"—of all the master's great sides, this grabs me the most Jack Wilkins cd "merge"—lp originally titled "You Can't Live Without It"—features both Brecker Brothers absolutely burning on "Invitation," "What is this thing"etc Johnny Griffin—"Return of the Griffin"—out of print? great album so mamy others: I've always admired H Silver "Song for my Father," H Mobley "Soul Station," W Shorter "Adam's Apple," S Rollins "Next Album"; fusion: Yellowjackets "Mirage a Trois," M Stern "Upside Downside"; on & on...

Date: 25-Jun-2000 04:22:07
From: Rick Banales ( [email protected] )
RJ-Great choice of Jack Wilkins "Merge"! Very underrated guitarist!!

A few I listen to all the time:

-Charlie Haden & Chris Anderson:None But the Lonely Heart. Chris was a teacher of Herbie Hancock. Very beautiful standards set. -Paul Bley:The Floater Syndrome. Look for this in used bins!! Wonderful work by a pianist who has a toally unique style and tone on the instrument. -Tomasz Stanko:Leosia. Dark-toned trumpeter in great band with Bobo stenson on piano an Tony Oxley on drums. Atmospheric but very acessible. -Toots Thielemans:Only Trust Your Heart. Probably the only reason this man is not considered as great as Miles or Trane is because he plays the harmonica. -Modern Jazz Quartet:Dedicated to Connie. John Lewis considers this the MJQ's finest moment. -Renaud Garcia-Fons:Alborea. Probably the finest bowed bassist you will ever hear. -Jaco Pastorius Big Band:Live in Japan 1982. This is a great example of why Jaco was considered one of the finest arrangers since Gil Evans. -Djalma de Andrade:Ocean Memories. I have been looking for years for this album. Also known as Bola Sete, this Brazilian guitarist is considered the John Coltrane of the guitar.

I hope this list will turn you on to some artists you might not have known about-I know some of the earlier recommendations did that for me!!!


Date: 25-Jun-2000 04:26:35
From: Rick Banales ( [email protected] )
Sorry about some of the mis-spellings on the last post. I guess I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue!! (Quote from the movie Airplane.)


Date: 08-Jul-2000 17:36:25
From: Howie Reynold ( [email protected] )
I like "Traditionalism Revisited" which has such innovators as Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Giuffre, and Jim Hall playing New Orleans style and sweet pop song swing. Super Bit Mappping recording is wonderfully clear. Joe Benjamin and Ralph Pena on bass are a joy. Brookmeyer also plays piano, which is a treat if you've never heard him. They play tunes like "The Sheik Of Araby," "Honeysuckle Rose," and a King Oliver tune. These guys do swing!! And how!

Date: 21-Jul-2000 18:08:23
From: David Reich ( [email protected] )
Remember, the key word here is "obscure." Three of my favorite obscure jazz sides are:

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary—by Albert Ayler: I cannot find even any mention of it anywhere. It doesn't seem to be on CD. I last heard it around 1970—71.

Escalator Over the Hill—by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association, reissued under Carla Bley's name. Has Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Roswell Rudd, Gato Barbieri, Mike Mantler, John McLaughlin, Don Preston and Linda Ronstadt.

And finally: Free Jazz a Collective Improvisation—by the Ornette Coleman Double Quartet. The left channel has: Ornette, Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, and Billy Higgins. The right channel has: Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell.


Date: 23-Jul-2000 17:01:31
From: Martini
1. Peter Brotzmann "Machine Gun" 2. Ornette Coleman "Free Jazz" 3. Anthony Braxton "19 (Solo compositions) 1988" 4. Anthony Braxton "Creative Music Orchestra" (aka Comp 25) 5. Miles Davis "Big Fun" 6. John Coltrane "Live in Seattle" 7. Albert Ayler "Live at Slugs Vol 1 & 2" 8. Sun Ra "Nothing Is" 9. Cecil Taylor "Live at the Monmarte" 10. Miles Davis "Bitches Brew"

Date: 05-Aug-2000 10:34:40
From: roger
Stan Getz Spring is here (Concord) Pepper Adams Encounter! (Prestige)with great Elvin Jones drumming and Zoot Sims blowing; Brandford Marsalis Trio Jeepy (CBS) Gene Harris Brotherhood (Concord) this music is real fun There will be thousand more "obscure albums" worth having, these are just some of my favorite

Date: 05-Aug-2000 10:37:07
From: roger
I was forgetting Sonny Fortune's From Now On (Blue Note):great band and great tunes.Listen to his latest "In The Spirit of Trane " too.

Date: 22-Aug-2000 12:06:25
From: roger ( [email protected] )
So many lost treasures...

BOOKER ERVIN "The Blues Book" (Prestige) texan tenor sax blows four different blues with passion and fire seldom heard.Impressive Carmell Jones on trumpet

OLIVER NELSON "Screamin'The Blues" (Prestige) Nelson was another underrated tenor saxophonist and capable composer. Here, with Eric Dolphy on alto is at his best.Reccommended music

Date: 04-Sep-2000 16:39:08
From: justin morse ( [email protected] )
thelonius monk—underground. beautiful 3 dollar purchase.

Date: 13-Sep-2000 03:48:34
From: fred ( [email protected] )
I hate to compare,and discuss (i prefer like than think) but i regret the general absence of Bud Powell, particularly the first albums in 1947-1953. For the rest, I let you write, your tastes have my inconditional agree.

Date: 13-Sep-2000 12:39:17
From: Paul ( [email protected] )
BILLY COBHAM, not Spectrum, which everyone talks about but is unlistenable, Crosswinds and Total Eclipse (early 70's) with Brecker brothers and John Abercrombie are truelly wonderfull CDs and have just been released on wounded bird records

listen to 'the moon aint made of green cheese' on Total Eclipse and tell me these aren't lost treasures

Date: 13-Sep-2000 13:54:25
From: Brent Vaughan
I'd like to put in my two-cents worth. MAYNARD FERGUSON "M.F. HORN 4 & 5, LIVE AT JIMMY'S" This album is incredible! Maynard at it's best. Ferd- inand Povel is an absolute monster and as good a sideman as Maynard ever had.

PETE CHRISTLIEB/WARNE MARSH QUINTET "APOGEE" People who know this album wonder why it's not available. I found it on cassette about ten years ago for $1.49 and it's worth to me is invaluable. Warne Marsh is a very much underrated figure in jazz history. Great music and well worth the search.

SAM RIVERS "FUSCHIA SWING SONG" Blue Note has really dropped the ball in not re-releasing this one. With Jaki Byard, Ron Carter and a young Anthony Williams (Tony!) Rivers blows the shit out of the tenor! I've got a real crappy copy on cassette which has since made it's way onto MiniDisc. Please Blue Note, put this one out!

TUBBY HAYES "THE NEW YORK SESSIONS" I'm so glad I saw this one posted earlier. This is up- tempo bop at it's finest and the best Tubby album I've heard yet. I had this one stolen (a thief with good taste!) and have been searching since. Keep your eyes peeled! I AM!!!

JOE FARRELL "SKATEBOARD PARK" This is a great tenor-quartet blowing date with Chick Corea. "Speak Low" is especially great. Once again, this is another example of a label being irresponsible in not keeping it's catalogue up to proper levels. (Xanadu)

DMITRI'S SILVERWARE If anyone has a copy of this PLEASE POST HOW I MIGHT REACH YOU!!!!!!!!! This is a big band made up of all the heavy studio players of the early-80's with all the arrangements written by tenor-man Tom Kubis (who has also released some great albums under his own name.) Just a typical kick-ass L.A. big band album. Please help!

Date: 04-Oct-2000 23:23:31
From: Hannah
Joël Dilley—River of Hope

I love this album! Dilley is bassist/composer/producer. This album is incredibly personal...so personal it is universal. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and standard jazz influences. I think you can get it a www.amazon.com or www.iuma.com

Date: 20-Nov-2000 02:47:12
From: Ville Sahlakari ( [email protected] )

This is pretty hard, since there are many good records. Well, here's some of the best, in my opinion :

John Stevens & Evan Parker : The Longest Night vol 2. (OGUN)

Exellent interplay, very energetic and natural sounding. Stevens does miracles even with a snare and couple of cymbals.

Kenny Wheeler : A Widow In the Window (ECM)

One of the true masterpieces of modern european jazz. Exellent compositions, improvisations and playing from the beginning to the end.

Edward Vesala : Satu (ECM)

One of Edward's best albums. Great compositions and a suberb band.

Don Cherry : Complete Communion (BLUE NOTE)

Incredible swing and most intelligent playing. What a combination!

Jan Garbarek/Arild Andersen/Edwad Vesala : Triptykon (ECM)

One of the very few listenable Garbarek recordings. While being that, it's also one of the best records ever made! Exellent free jazz with great interplay. Edward indeed displays his suberb control of slow free material.

Date: 26-Jan-2001 22:58:00
From: Dan R
Warne Marsh—I've Got a Good One For You, Star Highs

Chet Baker—Blues for a Reason, Strollin' (on CMP not Enja)

George Cables—Bluesology, Night and Day (any others)

Art Pepper—Modern Art, The Art of Pepper

Charles McPherson—Beautiful

Shorty Rogers—Short Stops

Jimmy Raney—Wisteria

Jessica Williams—Higher Standards, Momentum etc.

Lucky Thompson—Tricotism


Date: 06-Feb-2001 02:57:59
From: JofH
Enrico Rava's "The Plot" (ECM) (with John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson and John Christensen)

Date: 14-Feb-2001 01:30:51
From: Dave Edwards ( [email protected] )
The criminally underrated Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders appear on the incredible "Red Hot On Impulse" compilation, which has singlehandedly turned me onto jazz. Add to that the mindblowing "space jazz" compilation "Universal Sounds Of America" on the Soul Jazz label in the UK, featuring more Sanders and great stuff by Steve Reid and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Most jazz fails to excite me enough to reach into my wallet, but these two LPs are breaking down my preconceptions thanks to the use of percussion like sleigh bells, harps, xylophones and weird synth effects. I admit John Coltrane is exemplary as a musician, but I want to hear more stuff like these experimental artists, which were frustratingly ignored by Ken Burns' Jazz series. Does anyone out there agree or have suggestions? This message can be replied to any time in

Date: 17-Feb-2001 14:30:07
From: JazzBoyAndy
When you say Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, people always mention moanin,' but Free For All is a much better album, with the first song, Tell It Like It Is setting the blinding tone of the album. I haven't heard an album which swings better.

Date: 19-Feb-2001 15:01:16
From: Grand Wazoo
What's a "turntable"?

Date: 29-Mar-2001 00:37:18
From: Chi ( [email protected] )
Hey guys! anyone in here?? (echoes...) anyway, I'm looking to find John Lewis' The Modern Kazz Society Presents A Concer Of Contemporary Music, released March 1955. It's supposedly available on CD currently...can anyone possibly help me? I'll be forever greatful. Peace...

Date: 29-Mar-2001 00:37:42
From: Chi ( [email protected] )
Hey guys! anyone in here?? (echoes...) anyway, I'm looking to find John Lewis' The Modern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music, released March 1955. It's supposedly available on CD currently...can anyone possibly help me? I'll be forever greatful. Peace...

Date: 18-May-2001 12:22:19
From: CHARLEYO ( [email protected] )

Date: 18-May-2001 12:24:50
From: CHARLEYO ( [email protected] )

Date: 18-May-2001 12:30:02
From: charleyo ( [email protected] )
one of the best of yusef latef is psychicemotus (jun 29- 1964, 92impulse)i have vinyl, but surface has more beer stains than vinyl, is anyone can help let me know

Date: 18-May-2001 12:51:03
From: charleyo ( [email protected] )
one of the best psychicemotus by yusef latef anyone where i can replace my beer stained copy?

Date: 14-Jun-2001 17:48:29
From: Bryan Szabo ( [email protected] )
I don't see many new additions to this posting but I thought I'd give my two cents..

couple albums I didn't see mentioned that shocked me a great deal..

#1-Stanley Turrentine with the Three Sounds- Blue hour —>this is an INCREDIBLE album.. it's been re-released through blue note. the first album is what makes the cb.. Gene Harris's mellow swing will have anybody nodding there head towards the pillow pretty damn quick.. turrentines blowing is the best I have ever heard him accomplish.. a must for the ladies.

#2-Coleman Hawkins encounters Ben Webster- —>the two greats swing and slide through some beatifully picked cuts and oscar peterson and his trio back them up with smooth and subtle blues.. this one kicked my ass the first time I listened to the whole thing.

#3-Dinah Washington- Back to the Blues —>Dinah's best blues cd in my opinion.. Great orchestral blues accompaniment. If you dig Dinah you won't be dissapointed.. check out track 8 (key to the highway)

#4-Billie Holliday- Songs for Distingue Lovers —>I'm a bit of an audiophile so the cracks and pops of Billie's old stuff don't really appeal to me but with this Verve Master Edition you can really hear the power Billie held in her chest.. Ben Webster on sax..

#5-Ben Webster- Anything —>If you're any kind of tenor sax phone and don't yet have any webster in your collection you need a good shake. Don't walk, run to your record store and check him out. his appearance on Sweets Edison's Gee Baby ain't I good to you is worth honorable mention.

That's probably my top 5... there's more I just can't remember em' all... if anybody actually reads this.. let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for me to check out i am always listening to as much new jazz as I can.. drop me a line.. [email protected]

Date: 18-Jun-2001 06:32:04
From: Jwilliams50 ( [email protected] )
John Coltrane/'Sun ship' AND 'Crescent' Ornette Coleman/'The Complete Science Fiction Sessions' Tomasz Stanko/'Leosia' AND 'From the Green Hill' Bill Frisell/'Blues Dream' Andrew Hill/'Point of Departure'RVG Wayne Shorter/'The All Seeing Eye' RVG Thelonious Monk/'Brilliant Corners' Lee Morgan/'Live at the Lighthouse' McCoy Tyner/'The Real McCoy' RVG Art Blakey/ 'At The Jazz Corner of the World' Miles Davis/'Miles Smiles' Charles Mingus/'Mingus at Antibes' John Zorn/'Masada:Live in Middleheim AND 'The Circle Maker' AND 'Bar Kokhba' Sonny Clark/'Cool Struttin' RVG Sonny Rollins/'Night at the Village Vanguard' RVG Eric Dolphy/'Out To Lunch' RVG

Date: 30-Jul-2001 20:37:19
From: roger
JAZZ IN FILM—Terence Blanchard is one of the most beautiful jazz albums I've listened to in recent times. Great music more than boring long solos. AMSTERDAM AFTER DARK—George Coleman great line-up;sadly overlooked...well aren't we talkin' 'bout obscurities?

Date: 20-Aug-2001 20:14:35
From: Harry Walker ( [email protected] )
Many of my favorites are obsure.

Clifford Jordan, "In My World," with Don Cherry, Kenny Dorham, Wynton Kelly, Julian Priester, Richard Davis on Strata East. Vienna is my favorite tune ever.

Richard Davis "Epistrophy" with Joe Bonner, Clifford Jordan and Hannibal Peterson on Muse.

Most of Andrew Hill but especially Shades and Eternal Spirit

Lee Morgan's masterpiece "Leeway" with McLean, BT, PC and Blakey

Most of Archie Shepp but especially "Blase" with Jeanne Lee on Acutel

Jimmy Lyons, "Other Afternoons" on Actuel

Billy Harper, "Somalia," best record I have heard in last ten years, easily.

Freddie Redd, "Shades of Redd," Blue Note with Tina Brooks and Jackie McLean—unbelievable!

Otherwise, I am surprised at the amount of overlap in taste with other commentators.


Date: 24-Aug-2001 08:01:15
From: Eddie
"Standards" by Sonny Clark, great piano trio album by a much underrated musician. And "On Stage" a Bill Perkins small big band recording with many West Coast greats. Perkins primarily plays tenor, but also alto & flute etc. A third obscure but great recording is "String Fever" by the master of all jazz guitarists Chuck Wayne. Sextet & big band with Eddie Costa & Don Joseph.

Date: 16-Sep-2001 10:40:44
From: kathryn ( [email protected] )
just thought i would add coltrane's africa/brass sessions. great list!!

Date: 04-Oct-2001 09:08:37
From: Coypu ( [email protected] )
Is everyone here over 50 years old? (Take no offence I mean no harm) Most album which you seem to consider obscure can also be refered to as lame. Miles Davis != Obscure, there are many other examples, you guys seem fail to understand the great deal of experimental bands that are out there which should receive more praise for the groundbraking music they do rather than praise the same old bands over and over (John MacLaughlin still deserves praise... )Just check out Gorguts—Obscura, yes the album title is a perfect description of the music!

SO follow my advice all of you who feel that Miles Davis is a ground-breaking experimentalst, Get hold of the music which takes Tehcnical music and mixes it with some of the most extreme stuff.

Some of you might be familiar with Watchtower, take that sound and do it more technical, faster, extremer and some reallt raw angry vocals and you'll have the new generation of fusion-death: Gorguts, Atheist, Cynic, Meshuggah, Theory In Practice and Cryptopsy.

Wake up!

Date: 04-Oct-2001 12:47:32
From: Ron
Wake up to that music? Imagine you had a serious head injury and then you tried to sleep but your dreams kept drifting into nightmares.

Date: 07-Oct-2001 18:30:57
From: Coypu ( [email protected] )
Have you even heard it? People fear the uknown but once they find the truth they find out that it was wrong burning witches for example, same with death metal everybody hates it, nobodys heard it.

And i wasn't even talking about death metal i was talking about Jazz-Fusion-Death which is a HUGE difference!

Date: 07-Oct-2001 18:52:23
From: Adam R.
Check out "Zoot Sims Soprano Sax." It's a masterpiece. He plays with Ray Bryant, George Mraz, and Grady Tate. A great band caught on a great day. It truly is one of the best performances by a band that I've ever heard listening to jazz for over 20 years. All the players mesh on a very deep level. Fantastic.

Date: 10-Oct-2001 15:09:52
From: Ron Daniels ( [email protected] )
I like Wynton Kelly's "Piano." It has Kenny Burrell, Philly Joe Jones, and Paul Chambers on it. In many ways it's a Kelly/Burrell recording. Can't beat the cast!! This is very good Kelly and very good Burrell, great chemistry all around.

Date: 22-Oct-2001 06:04:59
From: josu ( [email protected] )
let's share our obscure albums?, ok but let me today be obscure in the sense of "living or enveloped of darkness," so pls. don't play any of them early 10 p.m. or you'll lost part of their blend of passion, elegance and musical roots. "night train" by oscar peterson (p), "easy leaving" by paul desmond (as) featuring jim hall (g), "old fases old places" by joe sample (p). may I ask an obscure question for someone loving of jazz and challenge, is there any jazz session recorded on October 22, 1957, just 44 years ago?

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