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Jim Worsley

I am a lifetime listener with a huge appreciation for music.

About Me

I grew up listening to The Beatles and the rest of the British invasion. At the same time I was exposed to Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the rest of the music from big band era. This was due primarily to my dad's vast collection of 78rpm records. I loved it all...the Basie and The Beatles (I still do). From all those old records one artist that immediately and always jumped out at me was the Oscar Peterson Trio. Over the years many types of music have impacted my life. In no particular order, blues, fusion, hard bop, progressive rock, jazz, hard rock, latin jazz, vocalists, and harmonies would head that list. A sampling of such artists being Freddie King, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Mike Stern, Tony Williams, CSNY,, Al Di Meola. Herbie Hancock, Led Zeppelin, David Sanborn, and Stephane Grappelli. A short list for sure. There are so many more. But again, just a sampling. I love live music for sure. But it is a rare day that I don't find myself at some point deep in to something on my stereo or on headphones. Even though I am retired, there is only so much time.......and so much great music to hear!

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because...jazz is soothing...jazz is beautifully complex....jazz is Django and Steve Gadd....jazz is cool...jazz is hard bop and big band....jazz is cats, birds, and chops...jazz is Hank Mobley and Hiromi.....jazz enriches the soul....jazz is hot....jazz is fusion and the blues....jazz is Paul Chambers and Jean Luc Ponty...jazz is evocative... jazz is at the center of the universe...jazz is Arturo Sandoval and Michael Brecker...jazz is free and invigorating...jazz is timeless....jazz is bebop and latin...jazz is Vinnie Colaiuta and Marcus Miller...jazz is the Blue Note...jazz is an eternal groove...jazz is essential...jazz is Freddie Hubbard and Joe Sample...jazz is forever.

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis-Kind Of Blue
  2. Mike Stern-All Over The Place
  3. David Sanborn-As We Speak
  4. The Who-Live At Leeds
  5. Neil Young-Harvest
  6. Herbie Hancock-Empyrean Isles
  7. Jeff Beck-Truth
  8. Porcupine Tree-In Absentia
  9. John Coltrane-Giant Steps
  10. Hiromi-Move