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Favorite Jazz album (50's/60's) and why?

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Your starter for ten is probably a big favorite with some and hated by others;

 

Ornette Coleman Trio; At the Golden Circle.

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3 guys, 3 instruments, and more ideas than most Jazz ensembles can conjure up in a life time. Still be-bop, but progressive. Plus a brilliant hifi recording.

 

Of course Ornette was a radical, but there are not many trios that can keep you engrosed through 2 cd's without feeling that anything is contrived or stale.

 

Try to avoid obvious favorites "Kind of Blue, " A Love Supreme" I'd love to hear about personal faves, and obscure recordings that I haven't heard and could be useful for any Jazz collector.


Edited by LugBug1 - 5/14/11 at 12:10pm
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Without stepping from the 50's/60's, theme, just about anything involving (this is mostly 60's stuff)

 

Albert Ayler

Dave Holland

Anthony Braxton

Sam Rivers

Cecil Taylor

Anthony Williams

John McLaughlin

Larry Coryell

Pat Martino

Wes Montgomery

Pharoah Sanders

Andrew Hill

McCoy Tyner

Sonny Rollins

Warne Marsh

Gil Evans

Bill Evans

Miles Davis

Freddie Hubbard

Eric Dolphy

Oliver Nelson

Lee Konitz

Thelonius Monk

Sonny Stitt

Johnny Griffin

Martial Solal

Charles Mingus - OY!

Art Blakey

Paul Desmond

 

well, the beat goes on.  There are a lot of obvious omissions.

 

 

post #3 of 264

Well...avoiding the obvious favorites, here are some I really enjoy:

 

Rusty Dedrick - Salute To Bunny aka Plays Berigan Tunes

 

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An old and little known recording from 1957. It's early stereo but my gosh...does it sound amazing. The musicianship is top notch as well.

 

Pee Wee Russell - Portrait of Pee Wee

 

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Another little known jazz recording with amazing sound quality. Recorded in 1958. If you're a jazz fan...this one is not to be missed. There are 3 versions out there. Get the one released in 1991.

Art Pepper with Warne Marsh

 

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Some of these recordings appeared on the recently released MFSL SACD "The Way It Was..." but you really want to avoid the MFSL because 1) it sounds like crap, 2) it's missing all of the songs on this JVC release and 3) the songs on the MFSL SACD are clearly not from the master tapes. The version of "Avalon" that Pepper and Marsh play here is just superb and the recording (done by the great Roy DuNann) is just awesome. Recorded in 1956 but never fully released until this CD. It was partially released in 1972 as "The Way It Was...". Make sure you get the JVC release!

post #4 of 264
Do you want performers or specific albums? Also a lot changes in jazz from the beginning of the 50s to the end of the 60s. If you like Coleman, then you're probably more inclined to more out improvisation than not, right?

The list from falis is a great guide to the big players for the 60's (even if he did leave off Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, and MJQ). biggrin.gif
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Lucky Thompson…I think it's my life's mission to big-up! the best bop-era tenorist most folks have never heard. He's actually the guy who gave Coltrane the idea to play soprano sax. I think every (and I do mean every) jazz collection should have the following two records. Lucky's music manages to be smooth and amazingly deep at the same time.

 

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(…the music on Meets… also used to be available as Tricotism; different sequences, but worth it if you run across one)

 

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Lucky Thompson…I think it's my life's mission to big-up! the best bop-era tenorist most folks have never heard. He's actually the guy who gave Coltrane the idea to play soprano sax. I think every (and I do mean every) jazz collection should have the following two records. Lucky's music manages to be smooth and amazingly deep at the same time.

 

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(…the music on Meets… also used to be available as Tricotism; different sequences, but worth it if you run across one)

 



Agreed! Lucky Strikes is an awesome album. I don't have Meets but I do have Tricotism which I also enjoy quite a bit. :-)

post #7 of 264
A favorite of mine
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And his work with Mingus is worth the listen too.
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Shorty Rogers: Shorty Courts the Count

Art Pepper: Meets the Rhythm Session

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

Art Blakey A Night At Birdland 1 & 2

Bill Evans Waltz For Debbie


Edited by bigshot - 5/13/11 at 11:21pm
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Shorty Rogers: Shorty Courts the Count

Art Pepper: Meets the Rhythm Session

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

Art Blakey A Night At Birdland 1 & 2

Bill Evans Waltz For Debbie


Great recommendations but to me...those are obvious favorites.

 

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Originally Posted by rroseperry View Post

Do you want performers or specific albums? Also a lot changes in jazz from the beginning of the 50s to the end of the 60s. If you like Coleman, then you're probably more inclined to more out improvisation than not, right?

The list from falis is a great guide to the big players for the 60's (even if he did leave off Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, and MJQ). biggrin.gif
 



WOW! what a brilliant response thanks guys! I've just woke up here in th uk so I've just seen all the new the posts.

 I actually have quite a big Jazz collection that inlcudes a lot of re-releases on cd, so I suppose I meant albums that I or anyone else may have missed or not heard of. Or just just simply an old favorite.

 

I started with Miles when first got into jazz and I suppoe it is a perfect place to start. I loved his 2nd quartet recordings of the 60's and that lead to me liking a lot of progressive stuff, (Coleman, Hill, Hancock, Shorter and ofcourse Coltrane) But after working my way back a little I discovered the (what I think) is the greatest period in Jazz- the late 50's to early 60's. Monk is my favorite jazz artist and unfortunately he didn't record that much which is a shame, so I've nearly worn my Monk cd's out! I think the nearest piano great to Monk in style has been Andrew Hill.

 

Keep them coming! and thanks again bigsmile_face.gif

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Monk, there's nobody like Monk. But if you're a piano fan, I think Bud Powell's an essential listen. Try the Jazz at Massey Hall vol. 2. Verve had a couple of vinyl collections of Powell in the 80s, I don't know whether they made it to CD.

Ok, checked Amazon, the Verve recordings are available, but not cheap.
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Monk, there's nobody like Monk. But if you're a piano fan, I think Bud Powell's an essential listen. Try the Jazz at Massey Hall vol. 2. Verve had a couple of vinyl collections of Powell in the 80s, I don't know whether they made it to CD.

Ok, checked Amazon, the Verve recordings are available, but not cheap.


I'm gonna check some Bud out thanks for that!
 

 

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Well, if you want albums full of ideas and you like Monk, Bud and Andrew Hill, your next stop might be my man Jaki Byard.

 

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(…he does "'Round Midnight" on this one)

 

 

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(…wild and woolly…and this one opens with Bud's "Parisian Thoroughfare" and has Monk's "Evidence")

 

 

…and he makes a fine contribution to this one by Rahsaan Roland Kirk…hell, the title alone gets me halfway in the door: Rip, Rig and Panic

 

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Edited by tru blu - 5/14/11 at 6:00am
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Art Blakey - Free for All

Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby

Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots

Dexter Gordon - Go

Grant Green - Green Street

Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off; Empyrean Isles

Horace Silver - The Cape Verdean Blues

Jan Johanson - Jazz på ryska

Joe Henderson - Page One

John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz; Coltrane's Sound; Crescent; Interstellar Space

Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight; E.S.P.

Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz

Thelonious Monk - Monk's Music; Solo Monk

Tina Brooks - True Blue

 

It wasn't easy for me to stick just to the 50's and 60's while avoiding the best known albums. Most of these albums are likely familiar to serious jazz fans, but other people might find new favorites.

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Great recommendations but to me...those are obvious favorites.
Obvious or not, they're still my favorites. The Shorty Rogers selection isn't that obvious. I like his nontette work better than that much more famous nontette guy.
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