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Thread: Building a Jazz Library: Pick Your Top Ten

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    AAJ's Barrel Roller xricci's Avatar
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    Building a Jazz Library: Pick Your Top Ten

    We're developing a list of recordings for the "Building a Jazz Library: Readers Picks" category.

    We've published a variety of BAJL recommendations and in this instance, we're looking to compile a list of reader favorites. The titles that appear on the most lists will be included in "BAJL: Readers Picks, Volume 1".

    Feel free to list your top 10-20 albums/cds.

    Thanks for participating!
    Mike R.

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    Note: This thread is intended for lists only. If you have comments about the BAJL thread, please post them here.

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    My revised, expanded Top 20 List:

    1. Miles Davis Quintet - Nefertiti
    2. Keith Jarrett trio - Live at the Blue Note (box)
    3. Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
    4. Joe Henderson - In 'n Out
    5. Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream
    6. Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    7. John Coltrane - Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
    8. Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
    9. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    10. Clusone 3 - An Hour With...
    11. Paul Bley - Footloose
    12. Larry Young - Unity
    13. Monk - Genius of Modern Music (V.1&2)
    14. Jack Dejohnette - New Directions
    15. Weather Report - I Sing the Body Electric
    16. Keith Jarrett - Expectations
    17. Mingus - Black Saint and The Sinner Lady
    18. Herbie Nichols - Complete Blue Note Recordings
    19. Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple
    20. Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink - FMP130
    Last edited by yawuh; July 19th, 2004 at 08:19 AM. Reason: Expanding List to 20

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    these have never let me down...

    1. thelonious monk: "w/john coltrane"
    2. eric dolphy: "out to lunch"
    3. roland kirk: "i talk with the spirits"
    5. sam rivers: "fuscia swing song"
    6. john mclaughlin: "extrapolation"
    7. art blakey: "theory of art" (i think this came out under more than one name)
    8. sonny sharrock: "ask the ages"
    9. larry young: "unity"
    10. duke ellington: "indigos"

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    1. Miles Davis Quintet- Miles Smiles
    2. John Coltrane- a love supreme
    3. Herbie Hancock- Maiden Voyage
    4. Chick Corea- Now he sings, now he sobs
    5. Brad Mehldau Trio- art of the trio vol.4: back at the vanguard
    6. Wayne Shorter- Speak no evil
    7. Miles Davis Sextet- Kind of Blue
    8. Ornette Coleman- the shape of jazz to come
    9. Bill Evans- His last concert in Germany
    10. Keith Jarett Trio- Up for it

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    1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    2. Charlie Parker - Complete Dial and Savoy Studio Recordings
    3. John Coltrane - Giant Steps
    4. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    5. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
    6. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    7. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
    8. Bill Evans - Live at the Village Vanguard
    9. Horace Silver - Song For My Father
    10.Lee Morgan - Search for the New Land

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    1)Louis Armstrong "Plays W.C. Handy"
    2)Duke Ellington "Far East Suite"
    3)Coleman Hawkins "Encounters Ben Webster"
    4)Charlie Parker "Jazz At Massey Hall"
    5)Miles Davis "Miles Smiles"
    6)John Coltrane "A Love Supreme"
    7)Ornette Coleman "At The Golden Circle, Vol.I"
    8)Charles Mingus "Let My Children Hear Music"
    9)Art Ensemble Of Chicago "Les Stances A Sophie"
    10)Dave Douglas "Strange Liberation"
    These aren't necessarily my ten favorite albums. Instead, I wanted to give a new listener a miniature tour through jazz history, including the last 35 years, post-Coltrane, and a taste of the present. I wish I had room for Bix, Pres, Tatum, Monk, Dex, Cecil, Sun Ra, and a fusion record. But it was fun.

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    one man's top ten list (in order)

    1. Louis Armstrong: The Best of Louis Armstrong, the Complete Hot Five and Sevens Recordings.
    2. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
    3. Mingus/Roach/Parker/Gillespie/Powell: Jazz at Massey Hall (The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever)
    4. Dave Brubeck, Time Out
    5. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
    6. Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport 1956
    7. Thelonious Monk, Monk's Music
    8. Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Collossus
    9. Modern Jazz Quarter, European Concert
    10. Erroll Garner, Concert by the Sea

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    1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    2. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    3. Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
    4. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
    5. Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans
    6. Miles Davis - Round About Midnight
    7. Miles Davis - Milestones
    8. Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
    9. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
    10.Abdullah Ibrahim - Water From An Ancient Well
    ...and as we're now allowed 20...
    11. Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
    12. John Coltrane - Coltrane's Sound
    13. Miles Davis - Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
    14. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
    15. Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
    16. Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
    17. Lee Morgan - Search For the New Land
    18. Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame
    19. Horace Silver - Song For My Father
    20. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
    I know there's a large number of Miles albums but I make no apology; these are my personal favourite 20.

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    Merry Land
    Paul Motian - On Broadway Vol 1
    Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds
    Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off
    Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 1
    Sarah Vaughan - After Hours
    Billie Holiday - The Quintessential Vol 6
    Charlie Hunter - Natty Dread
    Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    John McLaughlin - Extrapolation

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    Top Ten

    !.Benny Goodman,Live At Carnegie Hall(1938)
    2.Woody Herman,The V Disc Years Vol1+2.
    3.Sidney Bechet,At Storyville.
    4.Stan Getz & J.J.Johnson At The Opera House.
    5.Edmond Hall,Profoundly Bue.
    6.Lester Young,Complete Aladdin Recordings.
    7.Dave Brubeck Quartet,Jazz At Oberlin.
    8.Billie Holiday,Lady In Autumn.
    9.Jazz At The Philharmonic,Best Of The 1940's Concerts.
    10.Louis Armstrong,At Symphony Hall(1947)

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    Just Ten ?

    Selecting only ten essential artists and recordings is just about "mission impossible." How about ten that we really like ? Here's some that have been around for a while and some new ones:

    Miles Davis ~ "Steamin' "
    Bill Evans Trio ~ "Sunday at the Village Vanguard"
    Art Pepper ~ "Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section"
    Sonny Rollins ~ "Saxaphone Colossus"
    Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown ~ "The Big 3"
    Dave Holland Quintet ~ "Not For Nothin' "
    Chris Potter ~ "Gratitude"
    Joshua Redman ~ "Elastic"
    Stanton Moore ~ "All Kooked Out"
    John Scofield Trio ~ "Enroute"

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    Ten for this week (unranked):

    Miles Davis- Filles de Kiliminjaro
    John Coltrane- Complete Live at the Village Vanguard
    Keith Jarrett- Always Let Me Go
    Ornette Coleman- Golden Circle, Vol 1 and 2
    Herbie Hancock- Maiden Voyage
    Wayne Shorter- Footprints Live!
    Frank Zappa- Hot Rats
    Miles Davis- Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel
    Chick Corea New Trio- Past, Present and Futures
    Keith Jarrett- The Cure

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    Keith Jarrett - La Scala
    Chick Corea - Now he sings, Now he sobs
    Herbie Hancock - Thrust
    Jaco Pastorious - Jaco Pastorious
    Keith Jarrett - Up For It
    Miles Davis - Porgy and Bess
    Jim Raney & Sonny Clark - Jim Raney & Sonny Clark
    John Scofield - A Go Go
    Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
    Bill Evans - Explorations

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    My list will be predictable and boring as a list - but it's great, great music from which to build a jazz library.

    Edit - since we're now allowed to include twenty titles, I've expanded my list and resequenced it in roughly chronological order.

    Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Fives & Hot Sevens (JSP box)
    Duke Ellington - Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
    Charlie Parker - Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes
    Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    John Coltrane - Blue Train
    Ella Fitzgerald - Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook
    Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - At the Jazz Corner of the World, Vol. 1-2
    Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
    Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
    McCoy Tyner - Enlightenment
    Wynton Marsalis - Black Codes (From the Underground)
    Joe Lovano - From the Soul
    Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette - Whisper Not

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    01. Louis Armstrong – The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings Vol. 1
    02. Count Basie – The Essential Count Basie Vol. 1
    03. Billie Holiday – Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday
    04. Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 1940-41 (still in print?)
    05. Charlie Parker – Best of the Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings
    06. Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Brown & Roach
    07. Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus
    08. Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus
    09. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
    10. John Coltrane – Giant Steps
    11. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat
    12. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
    13. Ornette Coleman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come
    14. Miles Davis – Highlights From the Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel
    15. Jackie McLean – One Step Beyond
    16. Art Ensemble of Chicago – A Jackson In Your House
    17. Ed Jackson – Wake Up Call
    18. Ellery Eskelin – Kulak 29 & 30
    19. Peter Brotzmann – The Wels Concert
    20. Quartet Out – Welcome To The Party

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