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 Post subject: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:18 am 
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Apparently a few of us here on the board really love jazz. Post your favorites. I'd be especially interested in contemporary stuff you like since I think most of it is awful.

Currently receiving heavy rotation on Lit's turning table this week: Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil LP. Has to be one of the most gorgeously arranged albums of the 60s. Drop a couple cubes in the tumbler and ease in.

Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Elvin Jones (Hi Dan!)
Piano – Herbie Hancock
Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard



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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:35 am 
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I've been listening to John Coltrane the Prestige Recordings. Some of the best jazz ever composed there.

Love Ron Carter and Freddie Hubbard.

In no particular order

John Coltrane
Charlie Parker
Miles Davis (pre-fusion)
Duke Ellington
David Sanborn
Billie Holiday (best ever version of Autumn in New York)
Benny Goodman
Dizzy Gillespie
Coleman Hawkins

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:39 pm 
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JackLambert58 wrote:
I've been listening to John Coltrane the Prestige Recordings. Some of the best jazz ever composed there.

Love Ron Carter and Freddie Hubbard.

In no particular order

John Coltrane
Charlie Parker
Miles Davis (pre-fusion)
Duke Ellington
David Sanborn
Billie Holiday (best ever version of Autumn in New York)
Benny Goodman
Dizzy Gillespie
Coleman Hawkins


Bye Bye Blackbird is wonderful. I tend toward the classic quartet Impulse recordings.



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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:24 pm 
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Holy shit, Speak No Evil is one of my favorites and I play it all the time. That's a 10/10 album. And I think a great gateway drug album (unlike Ornette Coleman for example) to turn people onto jazz.

Anything from that era and those cats...Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage comes to mind. The Trane album with Johnny Hartman is underrated.

I also love Herbie Hancock's seventies albums.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gASrJ6ufbSc&index=1&list=PL-jeiv1rp3YLLT3iK8B7nZcjTGP5vSmGu[/youtube]

Funkier than any hip hop today.

Pretty much anything by Bill Evans. Look at this video of him in Helsinki. Great band, great crib, great crowd:



You don't hear people taking this way about music anymore.

Going back further in time, it's hard to beat Coleman Hawkins:



I think his stuff in many ways is better than Bird. Feel the same about Ben Webster and Clifford Brown who are underrated.

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:41 pm 
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Regarding Bill Evans, the original Trio with LaFarro (sp?) and Motian is what got me into jazz in the first place. I can't believe Scott LaFarro died SO young. His bass solos are the Platonic form. I've never heard anyone come close, not even Mingus. I think he was 26 or something when he died. In any case:

Explorations
Portrait in Jazz
Waltz for Debby

&....

the behemoth that is Sunday at the Village Vanguard are all superb. The Trio's rendition of Solar by Miles is on fire!



Skip to 3:50 is listen to Scott burn the house down.


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:05 pm 
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For this thread and especially for people just getting into it, I'd like to come up with a list of gateway drug albums....great but very accessible. I nominate:

1. Any Ella/Louis duet album
2. Kind of Blue...Miles
3. Either Bill Evans/Tony Bennett album
4. Headhunters...Herbie
5. Maiden Voyage....Herbie
6. Speak No Evil...Shorter
7. My Favorite Thins..Trane
8. Trane/Hartman album
9. The Jody Grind..Horace Silver
10. Moanin...Art Blakely

I'd probably pick the hard bop Jody Grind as the best overall gateway...the title track has that Austin Powers kind of vibe but they take it to an amazing level of artistry:



Starts out simple...ends up in the most insane jam ever...listen to the drums throughout...great party album

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:55 pm 
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A very nice list. I'd append Grant Green's Green Street or Nigeria for the rock n' rollers. Green was a jazz guitarist. Green Street is just guitar, bass, and drums. It simmers the whole way through. Check out Green on It Ain't Necessarily So. The 3:40 mark will have you howling at the moon.



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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:28 pm 
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You mentioned contemporary? Try Cyrus Chestnut - piano. I haven't purchased any of his music yet, but it's on my list. I heard him somewhere and he landed on my amazon wish list.

Speaking of guitar players, I love Grant Green. I know this might be obvious, but George Benson remains one of my all time favorite jazz players. George Benson Cookbook - with Lonnie Smith on organ. Or even Benson with Jack McDuff.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ULQVDY/ref ... 6FTX5JHGC0
Both of which were recorded before the infamous "On Broadway." Benson is one talented beast on guitar. Absolutely Outstanding.

And. . . Django Reinhardt is still hands down (with three fingers), one of the best all time.

And. . . for those that like the Chick Corea/ Dave Grusin/ David Sanborn - Try Freddie Hubbard [i]First Light[/i.] I never really liked the polished mix of amplified "jazz" of the late 70's early 80's ala Sandborn - he was Kenny G's predecessor. I always preferred Jaco Pastorious/ Weather Report/ or even Keith Jarrett ( Köln Concert). Either way, First Light is nicely produced and the music isn't bad. It's orchestrated but has some highlights, but don't expect anything that will rock the house.

Freddie Hubbard had the talent, but as Miles Davis said "He's too much of a pussy to be any good" - or something like that. And Miles played with Freddie. But then again, arrogant Miles pretty much insulted anyone that wasn't him.

Something a bit more traditional : Chet Baker.

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:09 pm 
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Forgot "How Long Has This Been Going On" with Sarah Vaughan and Oscar Peterson. Speaking of great guitarists, Joe Pass plays on that one.



This is also a very female friendly album...

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz appreciation thread.
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i can chill to Art Pepper whenever.



Also cool he is wearing a Steelers T shirt in this clip



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