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post #166 of 2117
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Would be interesting to know your top 5 Jazz Fusion bands / players


I don't have a top 5 jazz fusion bands or players since I really don't listen to all that much fusion except for the fusion of the early 1970s like electric Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra but I do have a list of my top 5 Free Jazz players and bands.

 

Top 5 Free Jazz players (actually top players for each instrument making a jazz quintet):

 

Saxophone: John Coltrane

 

Trumpet: Lester Bowie

 

Piano: Cecil Taylor

 

Bass: Fred Hopkins

 

Drums: Hamid Drake

 

Top 5 Free Jazz ensembles:

 

The Art Ensemble of Chicago

 

The ICP Orchestra

 

The Vandermark 5

 

Air

 

The mid 1980s Anthony Braxton Quartet

 

Sorry to cut into your fusion discussion, which I hope continues, but I wanted to keep some of the other styles of jazz active on this thread.

post #167 of 2117
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Would be interesting to know your top 5 Jazz Fusion bands / players

their are too many i think. I at least could never make a top 5

post #168 of 2117
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I don't have a top 5 jazz fusion bands or players since I really don't listen to all that much fusion except for the fusion of the early 1970s like electric Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra but I do have a list of my top 5 Free Jazz players and bands.

 

Top 5 Free Jazz players (actually top players for each instrument making a jazz quintet):

 

Saxophone: John Coltrane

 

Trumpet: Lester Bowie

 

Piano: Cecil Taylor

 

Bass: Fred Hopkins

 

Drums: Hamid Drake

 

Top 5 Free Jazz ensembles:

 

The Art Ensemble of Chicago

 

The ICP Orchestra

 

The Vandermark 5

 

Air

 

The mid 1980s Anthony Braxton Quartet

 

Sorry to cut into your fusion discussion, which I hope continues, but I wanted to keep some of the other styles of jazz active on this thread.

Cool - thanks man..  All good stuff.

post #169 of 2117
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Cool - thanks man..  All good stuff.


You're most welcome!

 

Care to add some of your favorites?

 

How about great jazz rhythm sections, meaning drums and bass with or without piano or guitar (the four most common rhythm section instruments.

 

Here's one to start. The rhythm section from the 1960s Miles Davis Quintet:

 

Herbie Hancock - piano

 

Ron Carter - bass

 

and the great Tony Williams - drums

 

For just bass and drums:

 

The Art Ensemble of Chicago great rhythm section of Malachi Favors Maghostut - bass and Famoudou Don Moye - drums, perhaps the two most underrated jazz musicians of all time.

 

Bonus bass and drums:

 

William Parker - bass and Hamid Drake - drums - when these two musicians sparks fly and they never fail to produce anything other than marvelous music.

post #170 of 2117
How about we all post our top 5 jazz-style artists?

Paul Hardcastle
Marcus Miller
Boney James
Rick Braun
Larry Carlton
Craig Chaquico

Yeah that's six but I could name twenty more......

Bring the list on gents!
post #171 of 2117
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How about we all post our top 5 jazz-style artists?

Paul Hardcastle
Marcus Miller
Boney James
Rick Braun
Larry Carlton
Craig Chaquico

Yeah that's six but I could name twenty more......

Bring the list on gents!


Do you mean in all of jazz, including all of jazz's various sub-genres? If so, then here we go.

 

Top Five All Time

 

Miles Davis - trumpet

John Coltrane - sax

Louis Armstrong - trumpet and vocals

Duke Ellington - piano, composer, arranger and band leader

Billie Holiday - vocals

 

Now how about top five composers?

 

Benny Golson

Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn (listed together since it is almost impossible to determine exactly who wrote what song)

Wayne Shorter

Thelonious Monk

Charles Mingus

 

Any more top five lists?

post #172 of 2117

Really tough call because guys may dabble in fusion but play a lot of straight ahead.  Even calling out Top 3 or 5 is difficult because my tastes span pretty wide.

 

Guitar:  Pat Metheny, Al Dimeola, Mike Stern, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Moreno

 

Bass:  Christian McBride, Scott Ambush, Vic Wooten, Tom Kennedy, Jimmy Haslip

 

Drums:  Antonio Sanchez, Dave Weckl, Jeff Ballard

 

Keys:  Russell Ferrante, Jason Moran  (retired) Lyle Mays

 

Sax:  Jay Beckenstein, Chris Potter, Eric Marienthal, David Sanchez

 

This is just too hard.  If nothing else I just listed many of my jazz heroes.

post #173 of 2117
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This is without a doubt worthy of my top 5 favorite jazz recordings so far. Great music, great playing, and spectacular recording quality. Brubeck is awesome, and so is the drummer Joe Morello. It's an hour and 45 minutes worth of greatness. 


Edited by jasonb - 1/19/14 at 5:29pm
post #174 of 2117
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This is without a doubt worthy of my top 5 favorite jazz recordings so far. Great music, great playing, and spectacular recording quality. Brubeck is awesome, and so is the drummer Joe Morello. It's an hour and 45 minutes worth of greatness. 


Yep...Morello's a great drummer. Desmond and Wright are no slouches either!
post #175 of 2117
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Checking this out now:

only 2 songs in and I like it a lot already. I guess I like jazz with female singers, I have always had a soft spot for good female vocals, so this should be no surprise to me. 

 

Just started reading this thread.

Anyway, yeah.

Jane is AMAZING.

Try Jane's CD "Home".

post #176 of 2117

just found this! great suggestions here and there. THX!

post #177 of 2117

I've been meaning to post this link to an old article from The Onion which completely nails it as far as the true behavior of many potential new jazz listeners is concerned.

 

Enjoy!

 

http://www.theonion.com/articles/fivedisc-jazz-anthology-still-unopened,468/

post #178 of 2117

A far as 'top 5' lists go, in general that's a tough question.  But when it comes to classic Fusion Jazz it's actually pretty easy and almost universally agreed upon.  It boils down to 4  bands; Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, and the Headhunters.  Led by Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock.  What's curious is that while every one of these leaders and 50+% of the bandmembers are ALL alumni of Miles Davis, and every one of them speaks of Miles with nothing but the utmost admiration and respect, his records with them are rarely considered on these 'best of' or 'top 5' types of lists!  Most people make the mistake of categorizing his music into basically 2 periods; acoustic and electric.  IMO his electric period can be broken down to 3-4 sub divisions with the 1st, his Jack Johnson/Bitches Brew/Live-Evil period being simultaneously the  most creative (of the electric period) AND divisive of his career......Miles, love him or hate him, they'll NEVER be another like him.     

post #179 of 2117
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A far as 'top 5' lists go, in general that's a tough question.  But when it comes to classic Fusion Jazz it's actually pretty easy and almost universally agreed upon.  It boils down to 4  bands; Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, and the Headhunters.  Led by Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock.  What's curious is that while every one of these leaders and 50+% of the bandmembers are ALL alumni of Miles Davis, and every one of them speaks of Miles with nothing but the utmost admiration and respect, his records with them are rarely considered on these 'best of' or 'top 5' types of lists!  Most people make the mistake of categorizing his music into basically 2 periods; acoustic and electric.  IMO his electric period can be broken down to 3-4 sub divisions with the 1st, his Jack Johnson/Bitches Brew/Live-Evil period being simultaneously the  most creative (of the electric period) AND divisive of his career......Miles, love him or hate him, they'll NEVER be another like him.     


Truer words have never been spoken.

 

As a bare minimum I for one put these electric Miles Davis recordings on my personal fusion best of list:

 

Bitches Brew - this belongs on every jazz "best of" list. By extension the box set "The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (August 1969-February 1970)" also belongs on the list.

 

 

Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 - just released this past year, this 3 disc set is must have for any fan of electric Miles.

 

 

Live-Evil - another classic. By extension the box set "The Cellar Door Sessions 1970", from which most of the material on Live-Evil was taken also belongs on the list.

 

 

On The Corner - one of my personal favorites but almost never on any other lists.

 

 

Dark Magus - a live recording from NYC's Carnegie Hall in 1974. It's on my list because I was at this concert and my mind was totally and completely blown once and for all. A live changing evening.

 

 

Pangaea - recorded live in Osaka Festival Hall in 1975 this recording is the culmination of the deep and dark funk sound that first appeared on "On The Corner" and continued through "Dark Magus" only to reach its zenith on this recording. As it says on the original Japanese LP gatefold "We suggest that you play the record at highest possible volume in order to fully appreciate the sound of Miles Davis" - so what more can I possibly add?


Edited by ralphp@optonline - 1/20/14 at 9:28am
post #180 of 2117
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On The Corner - one of my personal favorites but almost never on any other lists.

I've actually seen that album listed plenty a time. One of my cousins is a big fan of classical and jazz (well, music in general), and that album along with Get Up with It are some of his all-time favorite Miles Davis records. It also currently stands at #52 on Rate Your Music's charts for jazz with live and archival releases included on the list along with all sub-genres listed under jazz.

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