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Peter Farris

New York City to elsewhere in a few easy steps

About Me

Started in nyc, got messed up, got unmessed; moved: upstate ny, sfo (!!!), central cali (?!), nj (not bad, & close), vt 4 last 12 yrs (mixed); retired librarian living w/57 varieties of music, two species of animals, a few good friends in various locations.

My Jazz Story

I was first exposed to jazz through my parents' record collection (I remember Kind of Blue and a 10-inch Pacific Jazz LP of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker, but there was/is more). I met Mike Brecker in the early 80s, not knowing who he was, and he became a close friend until he passed (but really still is). A wonderful, caring, funny person, a great musician. I miss him to this day. Advice to new listeners: Be open to new sounds, listen to what YOU enjoy and enjoy what you listen to. The first jazz record I bought was... Wish I could remember. Maybe Miles (electric), maybe Gabor Szabo. I love jazz because it is real music played by real people; and because it is such an absurdly broad category, there is something for everyone.

My Favorites

  1. * Thelonious Monk - Complete Prestige Recordings; any solo Monk & any OTHER Monk
  2. * Bud Powell - Complete Blue Note & Roost Recordings
  3. * Charlie Parker - Complete Savoy Live Performances; Complete Charlie Parker on Verve
  4. * Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill...; Newport
  5. * John Coltrane - Giant Steps; Favorite Things
  6. * Miles Davis - Kind of Blue; Complete Birth of the Cool
  7. * Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um; Presents Charles Mingus; any of the 539 recorded versions of "...Faubus" (esp. the vocal versions); + + +
  8. * Fats Navarro - Bird & Fats: Live at Birdland (1950)
  9. * Gil Scott-Heron - It's Your World
  10. * George Russell - New York, N.Y.
  11. * Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker - 10-inch Pacific Jazz LP from early 1950's
  12. * Jazz at Massey Hall (Gillespie, Mingus, Roach, Powell &, you know, "Charlie Chan")
  13. * Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Sing a Song of Basie
  14. * Louis Armstrong (esp. releases from the 20s & 30s)
  15. (And I'm not done yet)