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Thread: Building a Jazz Library: Pick Your Top Ten

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    Louis Armstrong JSP Hot Fives and Sevens Box
    Jelly Roll Morton JSP Box
    Billie Holliday Lady Day 10 disc box
    Charlie Parker JSP Box
    Count Basie Complete Decca Recordings
    Duke Ellington Blanton Webster Box
    Lester Young Proper box
    Miles Davis Kind Of Blue
    Art Blakey Moanin'
    John Coltrane A Love Supreme

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    Miles Davis Porgy and Bess
    Freddie Hubbard Red Clay
    Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance
    Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
    Keith Jarrett The Koln Concert
    Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    Dave Holland Extended Play Live at the Birdland
    Art Blakey Moanin'
    Thelonius Monk Brilliant Corners
    Pat Metheny Trio 99>00
    Kenny Garrett Beyond the Wall
    John Coltrane Giant Steps

    Though it would be interesting to see the top ten albums to recommend as a primer on Jazz, not for teaching history or theory but as a evangelical tool to convert to neophyte.

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    Building A Library

    Duke Ellington: Never No Lament (The Blanton/Webster Box)
    Miles Davis: Chronicle
    Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Billie Holiday
    Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Hum
    Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners
    Louis Armstrong: Hot Fives & Hot Sevens
    John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
    Charlie Parker: Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes
    Bill Evans: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961
    Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
    John Coltrane:The Complete Live At The Village Vanguard Seesions,
    Count Basie: Classic Lester Young With Count Basie 1936-1941
    Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Collosus
    Art Blakey: A Night At Birdland, Volumes 1 & 2
    Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy's Diamonds
    Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing Lounge
    Weather Report: Forecast Tomorrow
    Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
    Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
    Dexter Gordon: Homecoming

    Honorable Mention: Heavyweight Champion, The Complete Classic Quartet, Blue Train-John Coltrane; . Too many more to type at this hour....
    Last edited by poetrylover3; June 6th, 2012 at 02:31 AM. Reason: Expanding list to permitted 20

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    I'm usually terrible at creating lists, because my lists are always changing. However, here's some of my favorite records, in alphabetical order by artist.

    Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
    Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
    Ornette Coleman - Change of the Century
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    John Coltrane - Blue Train
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
    Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch!
    Charlie Haden - Liberation Music Orchestra
    Andrew Hill - Black Fire
    Andrew Hill - Point of Departure
    Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
    Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
    Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
    Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Best jazz album)
    Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth
    George Russell - Ezz-thetics
    Pharoah Sanders - Karma
    The Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop
    Sun Ra - Space is the Place

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    Trying to add a little originality and contradicting my previous post:

    Billie Holiday-Master Takes and Singles
    Duke Ellington- Original Masters
    Charlie Parker-Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes
    Miles Davis: Chronicle
    The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (An Ideal "starter kit")
    Louis Armstrong: The Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man
    Charles Mingus: The Great Concert of Charles Mingus
    The Quintet: Jazz At Massey Hall
    John Coltrane: The Classic Quartet
    Sonny Rollins: Original Album Classics

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    I did 25, because it seemed such a nice, round number.

    1. Kind of Blue -- Miles Davis (what else?)
    2. A Love Supreme -- John Coltrane (ditto)
    3. Ole Coltrane -- John Coltrane
    4. The Magic City -- Sun Ra
    5. Cecil Taylor Unit -- Cecil Taylor Unit
    6. The Very Best of Bird -- Charlie Parker (compilation)
    7. My Favorite Things -- John Coltrane
    8. Jazz in Silhouette -- Sun Ra
    9. People in Sorrow -- Art Ensemble of Chicago
    10. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady -- Charles Mingus
    11. The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings -- Louis Armstrong (box set)
    12. Ezz-Thetics -- George Russell Sextet
    13. Attica Blues -- Archie Shepp
    14. Super Nova -- Wayne Shorter
    15. Super Chief -- Count Basie
    16. A Night in Tunisia -- Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
    17. Search For the New Land -- Lee Morgan
    18. Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
    19. The Hal Russell Story -- Hal Russell NRG Ensemble
    20. "Les Stances A Sophie" -- Art Ensemble of Chicago
    21. The Freedom Book -- Booker Ervin
    22. New Soil -- Jackie McLean
    23. Modern Music From Chicago -- Red Rodney Quintet
    24. The Inner Mounting Flame -- Mahavishnu Orchestra
    25. Latino America -- Gato Barbereri

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphythecat View Post
    A love Supreme-Coltrane
    Kind of Blue-Davis (Not this again! but its my favorite miles playing and also brings the early coltrane)
    savoy and dial studio recordings-Parker
    Search for the new land-Lee Morgan
    The matador-Grant Green
    Crossings-Herbie Hancock
    Thrust/headhunters-Herbie Hancock
    Night dreamer-Wayne shorter
    Damn taste change.

    My list now:

    Coltrane- ole, giant steps, a love supreme, the john coltrane quartet plays.
    Davis- Kind of blue, On the corner
    Rollins- saxophone colossus
    Monk- Brilliant corners
    Tristano- crosscurents, intuition, live in toronto
    Shorter- speak no evil
    Mingus- Ah Um
    “Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.”
    ― Bob Marley

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    top 10 video review by URGENT JAZZ

    Hey folks,

    here's my top 10 jazz albums as presented on my jazz review channel on YouTube, URGENT JAZZ:


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    First Nine of my Top Ten Jazz Albums

    The First Nine of My Top Ten Jazz Works in Alphabetical Order by Artist

    Note: In several instances I have included more than one album since I consider them all part of the same work--something like Bartok's Six String Quartets or Bach's Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites.

    1. Terence Blanchard The Malcolm X Jazz Suite Columbia Terence’s best work. An eloquent and elegiac tribute.

    2. Miles Davis Kind of Blue Columbia Best-selling jazz album in history. Rightly so.

    3. Joe Henderson Page One, Our Thing, In ‘n Out, Inner Urge, Mode for Joe Blue Note Joe Henderson made five albums for Blue Note; consider them as parts of a whole, but each stands alone as a masterpiece.

    4. Harold Land Xocia’s Dance Muse Perhaps a surprising choice, but I consider this the quintessential jazz album of all time. It's the one album I always recommend to anybody who doesn’t know about jazz but is interested. Unfortunately, it's out of print, hard to find and expensive. Title track4:63

    5. Wynton Marsalis The Marciac Suite Columbia/Sony Written for and premiered at the Marciac Jazz Festival, in southwest France, it’s a summation of Marsalis’s art.

    6. Thelonious Monk The Complete London Collection Black Lion Three discs, all recorded on the same day in 1971. The quintessence of Monk.

    7. Joe Pass Virtuoso Pablo The greatest exponent of jazz guitar.

    8. Wayne Shorter Night Dreamer, Juju, Speak No Evil, The Soothsayer, Et Cetera, Adam’s Apple, The All-Seeing Eye, Schizophrenia Blue Note Wayne Shorter recorded eight masterpieces for Blue Note in the short period of tme between 1964 and 1967. As with the Henderson works, they should be taken as a unified oeuvre. All are absolute masterpieces. Sometimes I will listen to all eight of them at one sitting. Bliss.

    9. Art Tatum The Complete Solo Masterpieces Pablo Seven albums in one boxed set. The quintessence of jazz piano. One of the monuments of world musical history. Tatum was unmatched; he was simply the greatest jazz pianist who ever lived.

    10. Far too many to choose from...
    Last edited by jagor; November 5th, 2012 at 04:19 AM. Reason: Edits.

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    1) Shawn lane 'powers of ten live' (a fusion album)
    2) Return to forever 'the romantic warrior' (a fusion album)
    3) Pat Martino 'footprints'
    4) John Coltrane 'meditat'ions'
    5) Peter Brotzmann 'machine gun' (avantgarde jazz)
    6) Keith Jarrett 'vienna concert'
    7) Weather Report 'black market' (fusion)
    8) Pharoah Sanders "Karma'
    9) Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions of the emerald beyound' (fusion
    10) Miles Davis - Bitches brew live (fusion)

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    01. John Coltrane / Soultrane
    02. Johnny Griffin / Johnny Griffin (rel. 1958 on Argo, starts with "I Cried for You")
    03. Art Farmer / Early Art (mix of early quintet and quartet dates, originally issued as two separate 10" by Prestige)
    04. Miles Davis / Kind of Blue
    05. Thelonious Monk / Live at the Five Spot feat. Johnny Griffin
    06. Jimmy Smith / Organ Grinder Swing
    07. Modern Jazz Quartet / Django
    08. Dizzy Gillespie / A Portrait of Duke Ellington
    09. Sun Ra / Purple Night
    10. Cannonball Adderly / Somethin' Else

    My wife's top ten (ahem..)

    01. Ella Fitzgerald / Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife
    02. Dave Brubeck / Jazz: Red Hot and Cool
    03. Carla Bley Band / Social Studies
    04. Frank Morgan / Love, Lost, and Found
    05. Ornette Coleman / Shape of Jazz to Come
    06. Benny Goodman / Benny Goodman Vol. 2: Clarinet a la King
    07. Hank Mobley / Soul Station
    08. Thelonious Monk / Solo Monk
    09. John Coltrane / Village Vanguard Master Takes
    10. Eric Dolphy / Conversations

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    Good picks! Good to see Carla Bley`s Social Studies in your wife`s list,I really like that album

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    These lists are well-nigh impossible .... there are so many great sets, and particular selections depend on mood, circumstances, occasion.

    Without wishing to commit myself to saying these are by any means the best, perhaps not even my favourites (certainly not in all conditions), here are 20 selections I have played very (very) many times.

    They are not in order, just 20 off the top of my head (and heart):

    Lee Konitz & Red Mitchell (duet) - I Concentrate On You

    Steve Lacy - Epistrophy (live in Paris 1969, with Romano, Jenny-Clark, Graillier)

    Jimmy Knepper - Cunningbird (w Al Cohn, Hanna, Mraz, Richmond)

    Enrico Rava - difficult to select one, maybe: What a Day!!!

    Aldo Romano (Italian Quartet) - of the five sets, perhaps: To Be Ornette (To Be)

    Herbie Nichols - Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (Duvivier, Richmond)

    Zbigniew Namyslowski Quintet - Kujawiak Goes Funky

    Chico Freeman - very tough, so many goodies. The Emissary perhaps, or if in ballad mood Still Sensitive, if in energetic mode Tradition in Transition

    Eric Dolphy - any of the Five Spot 1961 (with Booker Little, Waldron, Davis, Blackwell), though the Live in Europes 1961 are also great favourites

    Red Mitchell & Communication - Blues for a Crushed Soul (with Bosse Broberg, Goran Strandberg, Nisse Sandstrom, Bertil Strandberg and the mighty Rune Carlsson)

    Bill Evans Trio (LaFaro, Motian) - any of the Live at the Village Vanguard

    Masada (John Zorn, Douglas, Baron, Cohen) - any, perhaps Beit (2)??

    Shelly Manne - any of the Black Hawks (1959) with Richie Kamuca, Joe Gordon, Vic Feldman & Monty Budwig)

    John Tchicai - probably: Timo's Message (with two basses and drums)

    Jukka Eskola - same title (2005)

    Frank Strozier - Remember Me

    Don Byron - Bug Music (esp the versions of Raymond Scott)

    Coleman Hawkins - anything from 1944-1945, perhaps Hollywood Stampede

    Howard McGhee - Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out

    Sahib Shihab - Conversations

    But man, I shouldn't be doing this. The longer the list gets, the more I am leaving out treasured music that hasn't yet jumped into my mind.

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    Top 20 in no order

    Herbie Hancock - Crossings
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
    John Coltrane - Crescent
    Miles Davis - Live Evil
    Miles Davis - ESP
    Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
    Pat Martino - Consciousness
    Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    Sun Ra - Lanquidity
    Grant Green - Idle Moments
    Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
    Jackie McLean - Destination Out!
    Peter Brötzmann - Machine Gun
    Wes Montgomery - Smokin at the Half Note
    Kenny Burrell - God Bless the Child
    Don Cherry - Mu
    Donald Byrd - Places And Spaces
    Eddie Henderson - Realization
    Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music 1+2

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    He is my current(and suject to change) Top Ten:

    Charles Mingus~ Mingus Ah Um
    Miles Davis~ Kind of Blue
    Charlie Parker~ Jazz at Massey Hall
    Hank Mobley~ Soul Station
    Jimmy Smith~ The Sermon
    Bill Evans Trio~ How My Heart Sings
    Grant Green~ Green Street
    Vince Guaraldi Trio~ A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Art Blakey~ Moanin'
    John Coltrane~ A Love Supreme

    For every one I put on the list, 25 didn't make it. Isn't jazz the best.....
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