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Stephen Cipolla

Lover of jazz for many, many years.

About Me

Lover of jazz for many.many, many years.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it is a never-ending collaborative exploration of musical boundaries through spontaneous self-expression. I was first exposed to jazz at around age nine. It was probably Brubeck or Miles. I met Jimmy Cobb, Buster Williams, Javon Jackson, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Carter, Odean Pope, George Barron, Bobby Jankel, Kurt Elling, The best show I ever attended was Gato Barbieri at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, probably around 1977. The man was on fire. The first jazz record I bought (with my own money) was either "Giant Steps" or Miles' "My Funny Valentine." My advice to new listeners is explore the blues, and the abstract truth.

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue both sessions, Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess
  2. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme,
  3. Bill Evans,Paris Concerts #2, Complete Village Vanguard Sessions w/LaFaro
  4. Miles and Monk at Newport
  5. Monk, Straight No Chaser
  6. Coltrane, Ascension
  7. Mahavishnu Orchestra, Inner Mounting Flame,
  8. Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus,Tenor Madness
  9. Mozart,Symphony #40 and 41
  10. JS Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
  11. Symphony #5, Mahler
  12. Schoenberg,Verclarte Nachte,
  13. Charlie Parker, Master Takes
  14. Pat Metheny, This Way Up
  15. Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Petroushka
  16. Satie