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Old 1st October 2005, 12:56 AM   #21
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The Dice is right. Bix is awesome.

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Old 1st October 2005, 01:04 AM   #22
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of course, here in NY we have a 24 hour 7 day-a-week jazz station, wbgo -- their website is www.wbgo.org
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Old 5th October 2005, 11:44 AM   #23
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I really like the Miled Davis period from 50s with Coltrane. Walkin', Relaxin', Cookin' and ??? (I forgot the fourth) are real jems. Round About Midnight is also from the same period. The recordings are wonderfull (all are on Prestige label I think , Midnight is on Columbia) and are recorded by Rudy Van Geler, hope the spelling is correct. I am onto trumpet players obviously so worth of checking is also Lee Morgans Cornbread and Search for the new land, and Blue Mitchells Down with it all RVG editions on Blue Note.

Next my favourites are Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Dexter Gordon. All diferent but all very very good. Maybe for all jazz fans this is nothing new but for me it is since I started to explore these great times just receantly... In last 2-3 years I almoust stopped to listen to rock and alternative music. For me all these guys are new and as fresh as it was recorded yesterday.
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Old 5th October 2005, 12:14 PM   #24
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Old 5th October 2005, 12:16 PM   #25
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Well, if you're into trumpet players from that era, don't neglect the brilliant but (sadly) short careers of Clifford Brown and Fats Navarro. Dizzy was past his creative peak by then but still playing insanely great stuff.
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The recordings are wonderfull (all are on Prestige label I think , Midnight is on Columbia) and are recorded by Rudy Van Geler, hope the spelling is correct.
Rudy van Gelder.
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Old 8th October 2005, 10:23 AM   #27
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Pred,

i am used to answering the question as asked ....
otherwise i would have mentioned Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and the like.
Clifford Brown particularly, all his recordings on Mercury are worth owning, even for lovers of traditional jazz. Nevertheless, they are hard-bop, not traditional. And Coltrane, well, he neverever played one traditional note .... i should know, i own all his records except 3. And i know the 3 too.

Bill,
i second the recommendation for Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet.

I recommend John Coltrane playing whatever jazz ballad.

Another hint: vocalist Maxine Sullivan with the John Kirby band.

And for the case nooene mentioned Duke Ellington ... i do it right here. I rarely remember to have heard a bad performance of him.... i got warnings concerning his recordings on the "reprise"-label but the one i own ("Afro Bossa") is obviously an exception: strongly recommended! It was recorded in the early 60ies .... but the Bossa Nova influence is faint and the Ellington influence is strong. Pure dope ... as is the older Ellington stuff.
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Old 11th October 2005, 01:10 AM   #28
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This is the period of Jazz in which I have been most interested,
and have the most music. However, I like vocals, small groups,
and big bands. I'm not a fan of bop so you won't find many of
the afore mentioned artists in my collection, however, here
is a selection from among my favorite albums. First, THE top
five albums:

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Summit - The Master

Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain
Kind of Blue

Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Blue Rose

Dave Brubeck
Take Five

Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

Ok, so maybe there's six :-)

Oh, and these are mostly albums I have gotten from online music sales
(emusic.com, allofmp3.com, etc.). I haven't really ripped a lot of
the albums that I own(besides the above six :-), I really ought to
get off my duff...

The rest of these are just albums I like, in alphabetical order
(NOTE, this is pruned WAY down, I have more albums from
most of these, and many of them I've got on cd but not ripped):

Antonio Carlos Jobim:
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

Artie Shaw:
Artie And The Singers

Benny Goodman:
Benny Goodman All The Cats Join In (Disc 4)
Benny Goodman And The Singers
Benny Goodman Sing, Sing Sing (Disc 2)
Benny Goodman The Instrumental Hits (Disc 1)
Benny Goodman The Small Groups (Disc 3)

Bing Crosby:
Cocktail Hour
My Favorite Love Songs
The Immortal
You And The Night And The Music

Cab Calloway:
The Early Years 1930 1934 Volum

Chet Atkins:
Chet Atkins C.G.P
Neck and Neck
Read My Licks
Sails

Chet Baker:
Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner Loewe
Chet Baker Sings Plays
Chet Baker & Strings

Danny Kaye:
Entertainer Extraordinary

Diana Krall:
Love Scenes
The Look of Love

Diane Schuur:
Diane Schuur And The Count Basie Orchestra

Duke Ellington:
Anatomy of a Murder
Ellington Indigos
Ellington Suites
Far East Suite
Nutcracker Suite
The Intimate Ellington

Ella Fitzgerald:
Ella Fitzgerald_ Evergreens 1936-1950 (Disc 4)
Ella Fitzgerald_ Jazz Lady 1936-1950 (Disc 3)
Ella Fitzgerald_ The Hits 1936-1950 (Disc 2)
Ella Fitzgerald_ With Friends 1936-1950 (Disc 1)

Ella Fitzgerald And Bing Crosby:
Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald And Duke Ellington:
Ella At Dukes Place

Fats Waller:
A Career Perspective 1922-1943

Frank Sinatra:
Greatest Hits Cd1
Greatest Hits Cd2

Fred Astaire:
A Portrait Of Fred Astaire

Gene Krupa:
Drummer Man

Glenn Miller:
Moonlight Serenade
My Blue Heaven
Rhapsody In Blue

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass:
Greatest Hits

Hoagy Carmichael:
The Old Master

Hubert Laws:
The Best Of Hubert Laws

Ink Spots:
The Ink Spots

Johnny Mercer:
My Huckleberry Friend
Too Marvelous For Words

Jo Stafford:
Too Marvellous For Words

Judy Garland:
Judy Duets Disc One
Judy Duets Disc Two

Leana Horne:
Stormy Weather

Louis Armstrong:
Hello Dolly
Mack The Knife
Satch Plays Fats- The Music of Fats Waller

Louis Jordan:
Five Guys Named Moe

Louis Prima:
Ultra-lounge - Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 1 (CD2)

Mel Torme:
Luck Be A Lady
Reunion
Smooth As Velvet
Velvet Brass

Mills Brothers:
The 1930's Recordings Volume 1
The 1930's Recordings Volume 2

Nat King Cole:
A Portrait Of The Nat King Cole Trio
Tell Me All About Yourself
The Trouble With Me Is You

Paul Desmond:
The Paul Desmond Quartet Quintet

Peggy Lee:
Sings For You

Perry Como:
The Man Who Invented Casual

Sammy Davis, Jr:
That Old Black Magic [MCA]

Sarah Vaughan:
Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin (Disc 1)
Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin (Disc 2)

Shelly Manne:
My Fair Lady
Shelly Manne And His Men Play Peter Gunn

Susannah McCorkle:
Ballad Essentials

Teddy Edwards:
Ladies Man

Terence Blanchard:
Jazz in Film

Tommy Emmanuel & Chet Atkins:
The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World

Vince Guaraldi:
A Boy Named Charlie Brown Soundtrack
Jazz Impressions

Zoot Sims:
Best Of Zoot Sims

Tom Kimpton.
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Old 11th October 2005, 01:45 AM   #29
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The Great Summit, I can see (hear) that it's a great CD.

Sketches of Spain? What did you like about it? Really. Myself, once in a blue moon, I took out the CD & played it and then put it back for another couple of years. The thing I remembered about that CD is that it sounds so "sharp".
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Sketches of Spain? What did you like about it? Really. Myself, once in a blue moon, I took out the CD & played it and then put it back for another couple of years. The thing I remembered about that CD is that it sounds so "sharp".
I don't know, really, what attracts me to that, above other cds :-). It's one of two albums that I've heard on the radio that made me pull over to the side of the road and listen till they announced what the album was so that I could be sure and write it down. (The other was 'The Glory of Gershwin', the cut with Peter Gabriel singing 'Summertime'.) It's just one of those things where the music just fits me like a key in a lock :-).

I think (I'm listening to it, now :-) it may have been the spareness/blend of the arrangements, and the forwardness of the trumpet. I'm very much a vocal fan, and the trumpet was sooo vocal. 'Concierto De Aranjuez' the first song, is actually the middle section of a classical concerto, for guitar (I also have the original around somewhere :-).

Gil Evans was the arranger/concert master for this album, and did 3 other albums with Miles, which I also have and like ('Porgy and Bess' , 'Miles Ahead' and 'Quiet Nights').

If you're into the forward, in your face, bop of Miles, then this might not be your cup of tea, but, for laid back cool, this is his best (I know others like 'Kind of Blue' better, but... :-).

I think, of all the jazz musicians/vocalists, I have the most albums of, in this order(each with 10 or more):

Miles Davis
Ella Fitzgerald
Louis Armstrong
Duke Ellington
Bing Crosby
Mel Torme
Nat King Cole
Benny Goodman
Frank Sinatra
Chet Atkins (you might think him country, but, in his later years he did a lot of jazz)

If you're into trumpet, others I like: Chet Baker, Harry James, Chuck Mangione ('Children of Sanchez'!)

Tom Kimpton.
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