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C'mon guys (and Girls) give us your 10 greatest "JAZZ" albums.

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Initial post: 7 Oct 2012 23:02:47 BDT
Elastic Rock says:
Off to think about mine for a while!!!

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 23:58:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2012 09:57:23 BDT
BOF © says:
My 'top ten' favourites are (in my mind) classics of the genre.
Midnight Blue (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) - Kenny Burrell
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
Time Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus
Moanin' - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Soul Station - Hank Mobley
Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderley
The Blues and the Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson
Blue Train [Rudy Van Gelder Edition] - John Coltrane
Open Sesame (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) - Freddie Hubbard

Modern wise Weather Report - Heavy Weather (Limited Edition) but I love all my Weather Report Albums, Anthology [2cd] - Return to Forever and so forth.

best bones

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 00:06:08 BDT
Elastic Rock says:
Cheers BOF, great selection. Obviously a big Blue Note fan! ;-)

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 06:36:18 BDT
S. R. Tulip says:
Louis Armstrong - Complete Hot 5s and 7s.
Duke Ellington - Complete Blanton Webster.
Lester Young - Proper Box Set.
Charlie Parker - Jazz at Massey Hall.
Mingus Ah Hum.
Mingus - Tijuana Moods.
Miles - Porgy and Bess.
Miles Nefertiti.
Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness.
Trane - Coltrane ( Impulse ).
Trane - Africa Brass.

Weather Report - Black Market.

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 10:59:35 BDT
Landmarks - Joe Lovano
Bass Desires - Marc Johnson
Conference of the Birds - Dave Holland
Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
Twins I and Twins II - Jaco Pastorius Word Of Mouth Big Band
So Near, So Far - Joe Henderson
Now He Sings, Now He Sobs -Chick Corea
Coin, Coin - Matana Roberts
Charles Mingus - Ah Um
WYnton Marsalis Septet - Live At The Village Vanguard

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 15:59:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2012 16:00:38 BDT
Divine Love - Leo Smith
Fanfare for the Warriors - Art Ensemble of Chicago
Saxophone Colossus - Sonny Rollins
Five pieces 1975 - Anthony Braxton
ESP - Miles Davis
Ah Um - Charles Mingus
The Shape of Jazz to Come - Ornette Coleman
New Orleans Suite - Duke Ellington
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
Last concert - Modern Jazz Quartet

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 16:40:26 BDT
2old4925 says:
Journey In Satchidananda
Impulse 2-on-1: Huntington Ashram Monastery / World Galaxy
Impulse 2-on-1: Universal Consciousness / Lord Of Lords
Ptah The El Daoud
Translinear Light
Kind Of Blue- Mono & Stereo Edition
A Love Supreme
8 Classic Albums

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2012 16:54:32 BDT
You can never have too much Alice Coltrane! Lord of Lords is my favourite of her works.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2012 16:57:05 BDT
2old4925 says:

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 20:45:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Oct 2012 07:05:20 BDT
Ajarn Col says:
Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Oscar Peterson - Night Train
Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
Bill Evans - The Complete Riverside Recordings [BOX SET]
Chet Baker - The Italian Sessions
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Sun Ra - Lanquidity


If box sets aren't counted, then Bill Evans - Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection]

Posted on 12 Oct 2012 21:23:13 BDT
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (mentioned already, goes in for Blue 7)
Collin Walcott - Cloud Dance
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
Benny Goodman - 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert
Charlie Haden/Egberto Gismonti - In Montreal
Miles Davis - Ascenseur sur L'Echafaud
Stochelo Rosenberg - Seresta
Tomasz Stanko - Lontano
Stan Getz - Voyage
Anouar Brahem - Thimar (or le Pas du Chat Noir)

Posted on 13 Oct 2012 10:59:25 BDT
Elastic Rock says:
It's OK to Listen to the Gray Voice - Jan Garbarek
A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
The Köln Concert - Keith Jarrett
Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings - Albert Ayler
Spectrum - Billy Cobham
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
In A Silent Way - Miles Davis
Liberation Music Orchestra - Charlie Haden
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - Chris McGregor
The Cortege - Mike Westbrook

Posted on 13 Oct 2012 12:50:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Oct 2012 12:52:19 BDT
stan tracey-under milk wood
brad mehldau-places
miles davis-kind of blue
john coltrane-a love supreme
neil cowley trio-loud louder stop
jackie mclean-jacknife
jimmy smith-the sermon
lou donaldson-gravy train
bad plus-prog
joshua redman-moodswing

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 14:58:15 BDT
Some quality lists here!

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 15:57:16 BDT
Ajarn Col says:
This thread has got me thinking of revising my top 20 albums. Which I'll post on the thread I begun some time ago when I get round to it, i.e. make some decisions.

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 16:37:19 BDT
Carradale says:
This is SO difficult. Trying to find "most played" function on iTunes to give this some degree of credibility.......

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 16:48:58 BDT
Ajarn Col says:
It is difficult in some cases, but with long-time favourites not so bad. I decided that on my original 20 best I missed out any Sinatra, so I've listened to 15 albums again to help decide which would be the one I'd choose. Got a few Shirley Horn albums to decide from next. I can think of worse ways to while away a few hours it has to be said.

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 17:01:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Oct 2012 17:02:11 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Purists may rasie and eyebrow or two at some here but ..
Heavy Metal Bebop - Brecker Brothers
Feels So Good - Grover Washington Jnr
Tijuana Moods - Charles Mingus
Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard
Moanin - Art Blakey
Time Out - Dave Brubeck
Kind of Blue
The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
Spectrum- Billy Cobham
any Django compilation

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 19:17:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2012 22:28:22 BDT
mancheeros says:
In no particular order (and subject to moodswings)...

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Bobby Wellins - Jubilation
Manfred Schoof - Light Lines
Mike Westbrook - Mama Chicago
Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
Jimmy Giuffre - Free Fall
Edward Vesala - Invisible Storm
Frank Zappa - The Grand Wazoo

PS: Pleasing to see a few European names cropping up in the lists - but not nearly enough!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2012 14:53:56 BDT
Vesala is a much missed genius - agree!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2012 22:14:36 BDT
mancheeros says:
Martin, I dunno about you, but I happen to think that Vesala's Sound & Fury band was one of the greatest in recent decades, and it was only the fact that he was operating out of Finland (still a bit of a jazz backwater as far as the US media are concerned) that they did not become a truly international phenomenon. I've read that Edward was a control freak (as tough a disciplinarian as Zappa and Sun Ra, it seems) but he allowed individual musicians the space to express themselves through improvisation. I really wish I had made the effort to see his band when they came to London.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2012 22:22:28 BDT
mancheeros says:
Toni, good to see 'Cloud Dance' in your list. That was my first encounter with ECM and still one of my favourites. Weber's 'Yellow Fields' was my 11th choice.

Posted on 19 Oct 2012 00:25:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2012 19:36:50 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
Keith Jarrett - Rio
Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Miles Davis - Pangaea I & II
Miles Davis - Panthalassa
Bireli Lagrene - Special Guests
Al di Meola et al - Friday Night In San Francisco
The Best of Al Di Meola
Ella Fitzgerald - Songbooks: The Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection
Jim Whyte - Sonic Butterfly

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 15:59:32 BDT
I was lucky enough to see Edward Vesala with his Sound and Fury band. They were incredible, visually as well as musically. It sounded similar to some of Zappa jazz orientated stuff, with sections of free improv. A magnificent concert, amongst my top five jazz gigs, alongside Marc Ribot, Ornette Coleman and Evan Parker w. Lawerence Casserley, all just slightly ahead of Ray Anderson/Lew Soloff & Bobby Previte, and John McLaughlin.

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 17:30:28 BDT
FDJ says:
Sahara-McCoy Tyler
In A Silent Way -Miles Davis
The Complete Africa / Brass Sessions -John Coltrane
From The Soul -Joe Lovano
Time On My Hands -John Scofield
Ode to Life -Don Pullen
Let Freedom Ring -Jackie McLean
JuJu - Wayne Shorter
Heavy Weather - Weather Report
Extensions - Dave Holland
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