Great rythm sections in jazz?
Jul 21, 2002 at 10:02 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

wab

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Jazz-connaisseurs,
I'm looking for a few recommendations of specific CD's with great rythm sections. I don't really care from what period or "style" it is, as long as it swings or intrigues or grooves etc. etc.
 
Jul 21, 2002 at 10:54 PM Post #2 of 7

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Sounds like your talking about Big Band...

I'd check out anything by The Count Basie Orchestra. That band has always had one of, if not *the*, tightest rhythm sections in Big Band.
 
Jul 21, 2002 at 11:03 PM Post #3 of 7

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Nezer, I'm not talking about big band, in fact I can't stand big band!
Maybe I should give an example, I really like the rythm section of the Oscar Peterson trio (Brown/thigpen) and that of Miles' early fusion albums.
 
Jul 22, 2002 at 12:34 AM Post #4 of 7

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I would've said Brown/Thigpen too. Hey, Ray Brown was the rock in many a rhythm section. Search for Ray on Allmusic, e.g,. and the list is truly amazing.

How about Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison on Coltrane's My Favorite Things?

For that matter, Elvin Jones on anything with anyone...

Connie Kay and Percy Heath in MJQ, well Milt Jackson counts there too?
 
Jul 22, 2002 at 1:05 AM Post #5 of 7

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Some obvious ones:

Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)

Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums)

Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)

Bill Evans (piano), Scott LaFaro (bass), Paul Motian (drums)

McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)



Some of my favorites:

Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Alan Dawson (drums)

William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums)

anyone on piano with Charles Mingus (bass) and Dannie Richmond (drums)

Andrea Parkins (accordian/sampler), Jim Black (drums)
 
Jul 22, 2002 at 1:12 AM Post #6 of 7

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Need a groove?
Go with Dave Holland and Billy Kilson.
Prime Directive is outstanding. This band cooks and there is something in there for everyone. The cool thing about this band is that I would never expect the pairing of these instruments.
I really like guitar and piano and this band has neither and I can't stop listening to it.
 
Jul 22, 2002 at 1:13 AM Post #7 of 7

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Second the Thigpen and Ray Brown for sure.

In addition I would have to say:

Tony Williams & Ron Carter from Miles' second Quintet(& Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage") as a pinnacle.

Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers from the first Miles Quintet

Butch Warren and Billy Higgins were hot (Hancock "Takin' Off")

Anything with Billy Higgins or Art Blakey or Charles Mingus or Dave Holland or Roy Haynes

As far as the extreme funkified goes:

Bill Summers, Mike Clark, and Paul Jackson on Herbie Hancock's "Thrust" are my pick.
 

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