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    Favorite Jazz Tracks

    What are ur favorite Jazz tracks??

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    Many tracks by The Afro Blues Quintet and Afro Blues Quintet Plus One[["Liberation"), Eddie Harris [["Listen Here"), Jazz Crusaders, Jazz Messengers, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Young Holt Trio, Merced Blue Notes, Freddie Hubbard, Soulful Strings, ....

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    Listen Here - Eddie Harris
    I'm An Old Cowharnd - Sonny Rollins
    Wade In the Water - Ramsey Lewis
    Bring It On Home To Me - Aretha Franklin
    Hardwork - John Handy
    Summertime - Miles Davis
    Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria
    Dead End Street - Lou Rawls
    Over Easy - Booker T & the MGs
    Two to Tango - Ray Charles & Betty Carter
    Way Back Home - Crusaders
    Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Band
    For Love Of Ivy - Shirley Horn
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    - Ella Fitzgerals: "Agua de Beber"
    - CTI All-Stars: "People Make The World Go Round"
    - Freddie Hubbard: "Pavane"
    - Michel Pedicin, Jr.: "Soncere"
    - Stanley Turrentine: "Veracruz"
    - O'Donel Levy: "Bad bad Simba"
    - Luis Gasca: "Visions"
    - Arturo Sandoval: "A mis abuelos"
    - Jon Faddis: "La rosa y el sauce"
    - Chick Corea: "La Fiesta"
    - Chick Corea: "Crystal Silence"
    - Chick Corea: "Return To Forever"
    - Chick Corea: "Nite Sprite"
    - MFSB: "Cheaper To keep Her"
    - MFSB: "Ferry Avenue"
    - Thad Jones / Mel Lewis: "For The Love Of Money"
    - Cal Tjader: "Mambo Sangria"
    - Jay Hoggard: "Days Like These"
    - Montana: "One More Time, VMJ"
    - Louie Ramírez: "Barrio Nuevo"
    - John Coltrane: "A Love Supreme"
    - Mongo Santamaría: "Cookie"
    - Billy Paul: "Billy Boy"
    - Billy Paul: "My Old Flame"
    - Lou Rawls: "Let's Fall In Love All Over Again"
    - Lou Rawls: "You're The One"
    - Ramsey Lewis: "Jamaican Marketplace"
    - Azymuth: "Valsa For Us"
    - Neil Larsen: "Sudden Samba"
    - Charlie Parker: "Tico-tico"
    - Norman Harris: "Zack's Fanfare '80"

    [[Many stuff by these same artists I consider more R&B, Funk, Fusion flavored than jazz and I don't includes here, only the most "100%" jazz if this expression were acceptable talking' about the most eclecthical musical style; like the stuff I have by Crusaders, jaco Pastorius, Airto, Deodato, herbie Hancock, george Duke, etc. are jazz-rock, jazz-soul but more rock or soul than jazz...)

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    This could take as much thought as the "Favorite Soul Albums" thread. Off the top of my head, I'll offer the following:
    "Mister Magic" - Grover Washington, Jr.
    "Soul Eyes" - John Coltrane
    "Heliopolis" - Spyro Gyra
    "Anthology" - Bob James' two-CD compilation
    Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Winelight" LP
    "Walk On" - Ozone
    "Birdland" - Weather Report
    "So What?" - Miles Davis
    "Tropical Legs" - Earl Klugh
    George Benson's "Breezin'" LP
    Larry Carlton's "Breaking Ground" LP
    "Wishful Thinking" - Earl Klugh
    "It Doesn't Matter" - Spyro Gyra
    "Killer Joe" - Quincy Jones
    "Thembi" - Pharaoh Sanders
    "Blues In The Night" - Ella Fitzgerald
    "The Lady is A Tramp" - Ella Fitzgerald
    "Lucky Ol' Sun" - Louie Armstrong
    [[to be continued...)

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    I have a bunch of them, but limited on time right now, so, i'll throw this one out there for now:

    Lazy Bird - Tom Browne

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    I have a bunch of them, but limited on time right now, so, i'll throw this one out there for now:

    Lazy Bird - Tom Browne
    Tom Browne got hijacked into being an extra on his own records. "Funkin' For Jamaica" was such a huge funk hit, it overshadowed his talent. I bought his follow-up and there is an absolutely wonderful version of "God Bless the Child" on it that I wonder why he was cool within being a second-tier [[or third-tier) pop artist rather than known as an excellent trumpeter.

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    I'll start with the classics not mentioned as of yet.

    All Blues---- Sir Miles Davis
    Dominoes--- Donald Byrd
    Listen Here--- Eddie Harris
    JOS-------------- Jimmy Smith
    Walk On The Wild Side---Jimmy Smith
    Rainbow Seeker--- Joe Sample

    more................................

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    Sorry, been offline for a minute...

    As someone who listens to jazz every day all year round , I'd invite back Carpal Tunnel Syndrone trying to list all my favorite recordings. And where to begin?...
    By era?..By Instrument?..
    By style?...Male or Female vocalists...
    Globally?...A lot of great stuff comes out of Britain, Brazil, Sout Africa, Ethiopia, Cuba,
    Denmark and Canada as well as other places around the world like Japan...
    Still, in the spirit of this thread I'll mention a few things I keep enjoying again and again
    as well as some with a Motown or Detroit connection.....

    Miles Davis: Flamenco Sketches [[not to be confused with Sketches of Spain)
    Wes Montgomery: Giant Steps
    Billie Holiday: Fine And Mellow
    Les McCan and Eddie Harris: Compared To What
    John Coltrane: I'm Old Fashioned
    " " Stellar Regions
    " " Summertime
    " " After The Rain
    actually I could listen to Trane alone for hours
    Pharoah Sanders featuring Leon Thomas: The Creator Has A Master Plan
    " " :Thembi
    " " Japan
    " " The Light At The End of The World
    actually I feel the same way about "Little Rock" as I do Trane
    Gary Bartz: The Song of Love and Kindness
    Rene Marie: Just My Imagination [[yes, the Tempt classic which she takes to another level)
    Regina Carter feat. Cassandra Wilson: Papa Was A Rolling Stone [[same beat....)
    Alice Coltrane: Blue Nile
    " " Turiya & Ramakrishna
    " " Ptah, the El Daoud
    " " Something About John Coltrane
    [[I gues I have fixations...)
    and Sun Ra: Sunrise
    til later...

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    Somehow, I forgot Dave Brubeck's "Take Five"... Sorry for the omission. And really, 80% of the Crusaders' output. I'm amazed by how well those gentlemen worked together. Speaking of which, "Spellbound" and "U Turn". Also, Dave Sanborn's "Hideaway" and "Chicago Song".

    And a special nod goes to Bob James, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau's truly remarkable rendition of "Since I Fell For You", which I love so much I decided to share with you:

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    "Friends and Strangers" - Ronnie Laws
    "The Sermon" - Jimmy Smith
    "Heart String" - Earl Klugh
    "Angela" [[Theme from Taxi)" - Bob James
    "It's You" - David Sanborn
    "My Favorite Things" - John Coltrane
    "Bitches Brew" - Miles Davis
    "Lillies of the Nile" - The Crusaders
    "Mr. Magic" - Grover Washington
    "'Round Midnight" - Thelonious Monk
    "Midnight Special" - Jimmy Smith
    "The Look of Love" - Stanley Turrentine

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    Oh most definitely the Dave Brubeck Quartet and "Take Five".

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    Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Mas Que Nada

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    I forgot to list "Take Five" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and just about anything by Stanley Turrentine.

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    Herbie Mann---Coming Home Baby
    Art Blakey-- A Night In Tunisia [[The one with the killer drum solo intro)
    Cannonball Adderly-- Autum Leaves , Country Preacher , Mercy Mercy Mercy
    Lee Morgan--Sidewinder
    Donald Byrd-- Cristo Redentor
    John Coltrane-- Acknowledgement---My Favorite Things
    Herbie Hancock-- Maiden Voyage

    more...................

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    As Josh Jackson, a blogger on my radio stations website says:

    Jazz has an incredible history and it has a pretty amazing NOW!

    A relatively new cat on the scene whose been making a lot of noise here in New York is
    Gregory Porter [[though the Library hasn't gotten hip to him yet). I am really feeling this
    dude's sound and I haven't been moved by a male vocalist in jazz in quite awhile, only
    the ladies have been getting to me. Anyway, here's a link to his latest...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HvpIgHBSdo

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    I'm not real big on titles in jazz,but...down here on the ground[wes montgomery]...take five[live version-dave brubeck]bitches brew[miles davis]are some that come to mind!

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    Coltrane & Hank Mobley/On It
    Coltrane 10CD Box Set
    Miles Davis/All Blues
    CTI All Stars Live [[all albums)
    Grover Washington Live at Bijou
    Cannonball Adderley Live
    Swiss Movement/Les & Eddie

    This is too difficult and like many others here far to hard for me to list or remember exact titles without spending a day in the vaults, but I must mention the following artists who I favor:

    Pharaoh Sanders, Crusaders [[Scratch), Stanley Turrentine , Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Gene Ammons, Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, Illinois Jacquet, Earl Klugh, The Newport in New York series, Billy Cobham, Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Sonny Rollins, Von Freeman, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy, and so many more, guess I'll have to dig out and some gems and post them later..........

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    My favorite artists include Grover, Trane, Sanborn, Crusaders, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Count Basie, and Bob James.

    This subject is too broad. I forgot to mention "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" and "Gotta Get It In Yo Soul" and those are absolutely essential to my jazz collection. I'm sure there are others that I'm going to feel bad about forgetting.

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    I can listen to Gigolo by Lee Morgan for hours on end and pick up on something new every time I listen to this song. I especially love the ending of this song


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    Grover Washington, Jr.: "Inner City Blues"; "Mr. Magic"
    Lou Donaldson: "Peepin'"
    Eddie Harris: "Listen Here"
    Kenny Burrell: "Chitlins Con Carne"
    Eric Gale: "Oh! Mary Don't You Weep"
    Jimmy Smith" "Back at the Chicken Shack"

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    Firsty, I see that some folks have listed not "favorite jazz tracks" but "favorite jazz ALBUMS" [[I listed "only tracks"). Here's my favorite jazz and jazz-fusion LP's that I likes as a whole thing, from the beginning to the end:

    - The Bob Jame's "trhilogy" albums "One", "Two" and "Three" [[specially "Nautylus", "One Mint's Julep", "Woman Of Ireland" and the Sylistic's cover of "You're Right As Rain")

    - Arturo Sandoval "Danzón [[Dance On)"

    - The Crusaders "Chain Reaction"

    - James Carter "Chasing The Gipsy"

    - Herbie Hancock "Mr. Hands"

    - Carmen Lundy "Devil Moon"

    - Chick Corea "Return To Forever", the Verve compilation "Jazz Masters" and "My Spanish heart"

    - CTI All-Stars "Live in L.A., Vol. 2"

    - Cal Tjader "Mambo sangría"

    - VV.AA. [[Neil Larsen, Buzz Feiten, David Sanborn, All jarreau & Randy Crawford, Mike Mainieri, Yellow Jakets, Larry Carlton) "Casino Lights. Live at Montreux"

    - Chano Domínguez: "New Flamenco Sound"

    - Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes "Visions Of A New World"

    - Ramsey Lewis "Solar Wind"


    Also I wanna say that I'm glad seen how many people like Jerry Oz likes the Bob Jame's music. I got also the "Double Vision" album, but my fave is not the one where sing Al Jarreau but the mellow track "Moon Tune"... I never tired herding it! Also got some stuff by David Sanborn solo, but i don't see nothing special except on one live track in the album I mentioned before, live on Montreaux, "Theme From Love Is Not Enough" with a nice part of fine vibes by Mike Mainieri. Another track in the same album is "Hideway" but i likes principally for the incredible bass solo by Marcus Miller. In some place I read that David Sanborn started with Joe Bataan playing sax in his cover of "The Bottle" that I got on a Salsoul compilation and the sax part is very good [[!!??). Other Bob James albums I have are one with Earl Klugh [["Cool"), "Joy Ride", "Lucky Seven" and "Magic Seven" but I see [[IMHO) lacks the magic of his three first albums on taipan Zee [[the above mentioned). By david sunburn only have his first self titled album [[nothing special for my taste) and another relatively "recent" [[1996!!), "Songs From The Night Before" wich more I heard more i likes... is in a very mellow feel.

    Cheers to all!
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    Manny, my first two jazz album purchases were "Skylarkin'" by Grover Washington, Jr. and "H" by Bob James. "H" is probably my favorite contemporary jazz LP and my favorite song on that album is "Brighton By The Sea" which had great interplay between James, Washington, and bassist Gary King.

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    hello again. I have an authomatical corrector in my new Mac, that writes what HE WANT [[and i should to well examine what I write or re-editing it after! for example, every time I write "wich", the program writes "with"....!)

    Jerry Oz,
    I well remember when and where I purchased my copy of "Skylarkin'". This was little after I got my copy of "Winelight" and I think Grover in Motown? this should be a little more older and old-school [[like his collaborations with Bob james)... and this album was posterior to "Winelight" as he have a contract with Motown before Elektra. ANyway I likes some tracks on this LP [[don't have my vynils here) but remember some nice arrangements and sound effects as something like brazilian's "Cuica" soundalike.

    Another thing I remember clearly, despite I'm 50 years-old and this was on the 70's - first 80's!, is the first 8 - 10 jazz / jazz fusion albums I purchased and the exact order: 1) - Chick Corea's "Return To Forever"; 2)- George Duke's "The Aura Will prevail"; 3)- Ramsey lewi's "Solar Wind"; 4)- The Crusader's "Chain Reaction"; 5)- The Crusader's "Southern Comfort" 2 x LP; 6)- Bob Jame's "Three" [[here I discovered the late Grover Washington, Jr.); 7)- The Crusader's "Street Life"; 8)- Dexter Wansel's "Life On Mars" [[I consider this LP absolute jazz-fusion, except some track as "You Can Be What You Wanna Be" on the Instant Funk mould and some soul ballad); 9)- George Benson's "Livin' Inside Your Love" 2 x LP; 10)- Herbie Hancock's "Secrets". This was a time when practically the 95% of my vynil and k-7's acquisitions and the 95% of the time i dedicated to heard music was SOUL [[principally symphonic 70's soul, from Philly, Chicago, NY or anywhere...) and Jazz, symphonic rock [[jean Michael jarre, Mike Oldfield,...), classical, etc. the other music styles wich I approach to gradually, more eclecthical with the pass of years... until the present time, when I heard 50% soul and the other 50% of practically all the other genres.

    Nice track this one. The sax intro recall me to "Come Morning"... and the bass line is very funky. A track for wich I have some devotion is in a jazz-funk compilation by Harmless from the Pulp Fusion Serie, "Knuclehead", by Washington, my absolute have on this CD.

    Cheers to all

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    It is rather difficult to list my favorite Jazz cuts/tracks as there are so many. It's even sometimes hard to remember some of the Jazz greats I have met. I do recall meeting Stanley Turrentine in Boulder, Co at the Blue Note Club there in 1978, Miles Davis in the lobby of Minneapolis' Hotel Luxeford in 1991 and Bob James at NY's Blue Note in 1998.

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    I envy you, Marv. My brushes with greatness are few and on a much lower level of esteem.

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    I'm very impressed with the taste in Jazz of so many posters here. many of my favourite Jazz tunes were mentioned here. In my previous experience, many of the Soul fans I've come across weren't Jazz fans at all. Many had had little or no connection to Jazz, or knowledge of that genre of music. Admittedly, many of them were British Northern Soul fans, and others had come to Soul from general Pop Music, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, and some even from Punk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    I envy you, Marv. My brushes with greatness are few and on a much lower level of esteem.
    You gots to get outta Ohio Jerry! LOL! I can say that purely from experience. I've met many, many more I am just going off the top of my head at the moment. I spent a whole day with Clark Terry at the Louis Armstrong Museum at Queens College back in 2000. That was a lot of fun. I made him do that "Mumbles" song for me after a lunch break, hehehehehehehe.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    I'm very impressed with the taste in Jazz of so many posters here. many of my favourite Jazz tunes were mentioned here. In my previous experience, many of the Soul fans I've come across weren't Jazz fans at all. Many had had little or no connection to Jazz, or knowledge of that genre of music. Admittedly, many of them were British Northern Soul fans, and ohers had come to Soul from beneral Pop Music, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, and some even from Punk.
    Robb, I know what you mean. For myself, growing up in an African American household with both parents big music lovers, the appreciation of Jazz came easy. The same with Blues. Soul & Pop music was most popular because that is what we heard regularly on the radio and television. Soul music was born out of Jazz, Gospel and the Blues.

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    Here's another of my favorites. "Killer Joe" by Quincy Jones:


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    One I could never leave off my list........Ramsey Lewis Trio "Wade in the Water"

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Robb, I know what you mean. For myself, growing up in an African American household with both parents big music lovers, the appreciation of Jazz came easy. The same with Blues. Soul & Pop music was most popular because that is what we heard regularly on the radio and television. Soul music was born out of Jazz, Gospel and the Blues.
    Like you, Marv, I started listening to Jazz, Blues R&B and Gospel/Spiritual music at an early age [[2 or 3), as my parents played it constantly in our house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    One I could never leave off my list........Ramsey Lewis Trio "Wade in the Water"
    Don't forget "The In Crowd" by Ramsey Lewis, which in my opinion, was better than the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    You gots to get outta Ohio Jerry! LOL! I can say that purely from experience. I've met many, many more I am just going off the top of my head at the moment. I spent a whole day with Clark Terry at the Louis Armstrong Museum at Queens College back in 2000. That was a lot of fun. I made him do that "Mumbles" song for me after a lunch break, hehehehehehehe.......
    Interesting observation as I'm mulling a job that's in a suburb of NYC... I'll put that in the "plus" category as I'm figuring out whether the positives outweigh the negatives of moving.

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    Count Basie ~ Dickie's Dream
    Count Basie feat Jimmy Rushing ~ I Left My Baby
    Dexter Gordon ~ I Guess I'll Hang Out My Tears Out To Dry
    Max Roach ~ Lonesome Lover
    John Coltrane ~ Alabama
    Miles Davis ~ So What
    Oliver Nelson ~ Stolen Moments
    Duke Ellington& John Coltrane ~ In A Sentimental Mood
    Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach ~ Fleurette Africaine
    Helen Merrill feat. Clifford Brown ~ Don't Explain
    Gil Evans ~ La Nevada
    Roy Eldrige & Orchestra_ ~ I Remember Harlem
    The Milton Jackson Quartet ~ Love me, Pretty Baby
    Archie Shepp ~ Call me By My Rightful Name

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    Next to my love of[soul-r&b]is jazz,nothing relaxes me more than the cool sounds of jazz[wes-miles-brubeck]it's just...c-o-o-l!!!

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    I remember one of my best friends in high school insisted that I listen to "Westchester Lady" by Bob James. He found the part of the song [[which was nearly 10 minutes long, BTW) where James incorporated a string section to build the sound, very subtle and easy to miss, and my buddy loved that. I grumbled, saying that I still didn't like jazz. Well, he played it when I was over his house anyway.

    One day, I'm up at OSU's campus shopping at a record store when "Look-Alike" by Bob James came over the speaker. I recognized James' piano play and song construction [[nothing like a good Bob James song, y'all) and asked if that was the artist. When told that it was, I purchased Washington, Jr.'s "Skylarkin'" and James' "H" before leaving and I've been a fan of jazz ever since.

    It took me another 5-6 years to start listening to classic jazz but I like Trane, Satchmo, Basie, Ellington, Ella, Dinah, Billie, Benny Goodman, and Mingus as much or more than any artists of any time in any genre now. I'm one of those guys that can't help but focus when Hamp and Christian play their solos on "Flying Home".

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    Thumbs up

    Some of my favorite Jazz tracks include...

    Jimmy Smith - Midnight Special
    Gerry Mulligan - Festive Minor
    Wes Montgomery - Bumpin' On Sunset
    Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple
    Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
    Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk
    Gene Ammons - Jungle Strut
    Stanley Turrentine - And Satisfy
    Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues
    Kenny Burrell - Chittlins Con Carne
    Herbie Hancock - Tell Me A Bedtime Story

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    Just about everything that came out on Blue Note Records was very good.

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    It's funny but I actually lived a different route than most of the folks I see on this thread.
    I started out with a love of classic jazz as a kid except I never would have thought of it as
    that because it was what was on the scene at the time. I was digging the releases a friends
    father had as he collected them. He really loved it to as he couldn't understand why his own son didn't "get" jazz. Though I still prefered the harder, more complex, less commercial stuff
    I did eventually get into lighter material from artists like Grover Washinton, Bob James
    and The Crusaders even though my running partner's pop called that stuff jazz-lite. Ronnie
    Laws Friends and Strangers was also a big favorite for me. But then on the other side at some point I can't even remember I got into jazz OUT. The really hard and rough stuff. Things
    that even jazz radio stations to this day rarely play or mention. I think it was the full album
    version of The Creator Has A Master Plan , more than 30 minutes, with Pharoah Sanders and
    Leon Thomas touring both the heavens and the depths of hell, that really sold me. Or maybe
    it was Sun Ra's Astro Black or Eric Dolphy. I'm not sure but the stuff gives me eargasms. I
    know most folks can't handle it but to each it's reach. I can't handle most of the "smooth"
    stuff...I remember this guy I met a few years back who liked to go to jazz clubs. After I asked
    him who were his favorite artists I found out he had none, didn't know anything about the music, just liked to sit around sipping a drink looking cool and possibly meeting a better class of woman...whatever sails your pail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    Just about everything that came out on Blue Note Records was very good.
    I agree! Do you remember all the reissues of their classic albums in the 80's? I bought several of them with the original album covers and record label.

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    [[Eumir) Deodato - "Also Sprach Zarathustra" another favorite track of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    It's funny but I actually lived a different route than most of the folks I see on this thread.
    I started out with a love of classic jazz as a kid except I never would have thought of it as
    that because it was what was on the scene at the time. I was digging the releases a friends
    father had as he collected them. He really loved it to as he couldn't understand why his own son didn't "get" jazz. Though I still prefered the harder, more complex, less commercial stuff
    I did eventually get into lighter material from artists like Grover Washinton, Bob James
    and The Crusaders even though my running partner's pop called that stuff jazz-lite. Ronnie
    Laws Friends and Strangers was also a big favorite for me. But then on the other side at some point I can't even remember I got into jazz OUT. The really hard and rough stuff. Things
    that even jazz radio stations to this day rarely play or mention. I think it was the full album
    version of The Creator Has A Master Plan , more than 30 minutes, with Pharoah Sanders and
    Leon Thomas touring both the heavens and the depths of hell, that really sold me. Or maybe
    it was Sun Ra's Astro Black or Eric Dolphy. I'm not sure but the stuff gives me eargasms. I
    know most folks can't handle it but to each it's reach. I can't handle most of the "smooth"
    stuff...I remember this guy I met a few years back who liked to go to jazz clubs. After I asked
    him who were his favorite artists I found out he had none, didn't know anything about the music, just liked to sit around sipping a drink looking cool and possibly meeting a better class of woman...whatever sails your pail...
    Splanky, I know a lot of traditionalists didn't like "modern jazz" [[for me, the stuff that came out between '65 and '90 or so...). It's interesting though, because fusion artists like Spyro Gyra, Chick Correa, and Weather Report were very much the electric equivalents of their bebop forebears. I'm kind of a snob now because I have a hard time appreciating anything that came out over the last 20 years or so. Has anyone noticed that there are very few, if any, "contemporary artists" listed in this thread? Has jazz died?

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    Jerry wrote:

    Splanky, I know a lot of traditionalists didn't like "modern jazz" [[for me, the stuff that came out between '65 and '90 or so...). It's interesting though, because fusion artists like Spyro Gyra, Chick Correa, and Weather Report were very much the electric equivalents of their bebop forebears. I'm kind of a snob now because I have a hard time appreciating anything that came out over the last 20 years or so. Has anyone noticed that there are very few, if any, "contemporary artists" listed in this thread? Has jazz died?


    No disrespect intended, but I am always stunned when people ask that last question of yours. The problem to me seems to be that most people tend to think of jazz as a museum
    piece when the truth is It's a living entity. Miles Davis warned about this. He was always telling people things like if you want to listen to me play what I played in 1959 go buy the f*cking record. Don't ask me not to change! Jazz hasn't died, people have gone deaf to it.
    As far as it's recent history some of the best work it's ever produced was recorded in the last
    20 years, IMO, you just have listen from your own perspectives and preferences. Do you
    like vocalists? Instrumentals? Piano, guitar, bass, drums? Do you want to hear trios, quartets or big bands? Ballads or ensembles laying out well constructed compositions?
    Do you want veterans playing their latest work or newer cats on the scene? Me,
    I'm digging all of, the full spectrum. Whether it's yesterday's Monk or today's Marcus Roberts, Geri Allen, Brad Meldau, Vijay Iyer. But I can't tell you what to listen to...Also
    I have to disagree with you about Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul being the electric equivalents
    of the boppers. They were two distinct aesethics...Later, my company just arrived...

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    I remember Miles' encouraging Herbie Hancock to do his thing back in the '80s, telling him that the reason for recordings was to put out what was already done. So, he told him to do something new and ignore the complaints from people like Wynton Marsalis who didn't appreciate great artists doing commercial music. That's not why I asked if jazz was dead, though.

    The reason that I asked is because nobody is listing songs by newer artists as their "favorite jazz tracks". That leads me to believe that either nobody is listening to modern jazz or nobody likes what they're hearing. From a personal standpoint, the last jazz station went off air in central Ohio a few years ago and they were caught up in playing "smooth jazz" that was more often than not, something that you could listen to in the background, but not something that made you perk up when any particular songs or artists came on.

    I used to dig early Kenny G, Najee, and George Howard music, which straddled jazz and pop in their composition, so I'm not totally against - as your friend's dad called it, "jazz lite". It's just that much of what I heard before I stopped listening was too lite.

    I'd love to hear today's version of George Benson, Grover Washington, or Stanley Clarke, who were yesterday's predecessors to Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane [[yeah, I said it), and Charles Mingus. I just don't know where I'm going to find the resource that permits me to find out who they are. My days of buying 3 to 5 albums every pay day to take my chances on something are about 25 years in the past.

  46. #46
    Jerry, I posted a link to one of today's new artist but apparently nobody viewed it. His new
    release Be Good from the album of the same title is just that GOOD. As far as a source to check out new jazz I think everyone here has an excellent one. It's called Youtube. There's also a lot of stuff on other sites like Dailymotion.com. And for the record even though we
    no longer have Wes Montgomery and George Benson took a break from jazz for awhile, we
    do have guitarists Russel Malone and Lionel Lueke. On sax we do have Kenny Garrett, Courtney Pine, Greg Osby, Branford Marsalis and btw, Pharoah Sanders and Wayne Shorter
    are still creating new music. Though I'm not always in the mood for her singing, on bass we do have the very talented Esperanza Spaulding...The day I stop listening to new music from
    a number of genres including jazz is the day I die...but
    to each it's own...

  47. #47
    About the respective "evolution" by any one, starting for heard soul and "evolutioning" herding jazz, classical, etc.,... I think, humbly, this is not necessary evolution. In my case I discovered jazz grace to some Motown and PIR recordings that made me to investigate. And I don't worry about if anything I heard is considered by the purists as "commercial" or "heterodox", simply I found Feeling or not, whatever I heard, Coltrane, Crusaders, Bob James or Miles. I never have think: "I likes soul and discovered it in the 70's, Phillysound and I SHOULD to investigate on the origins" or "I likes jazz fusion and some considered light or smooth jazz and I SHOULD to investigate on the origins", simply, I found feelings or not and I can found Feelings [["duende" in spanish) or not. I don't have problem if this is Soul, Kachachoff, sardan, Flamenco, Soul or Country & Western... But, casually, the 90% of music on wich I found Feeling is SOUL and JAZZ.

    I have listed a great VOCALIST of today that is considered the best relegation to Billie Holliday: CARMEN LUNDY, but, really, I don't found not only too much actual jazz vocalists but also not sax players, vibraharp players, etc. Theree is not a "Lionnel hampton" or a "Sy Oliver" big band of the XXI Centhury... [[IMHO and for my poor information, correct me please if i'm, probably wrong).

    Cheers to all.

    P.D.: today I have been herding jazz and fusion all the morning, jay Hoggard, jaco pastorious, Gabor Szabo and CTI VV.AA. compilations.

  48. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    Jerry, I posted a link to one of today's new artist but apparently nobody viewed it. His new release Be Good from the album of the same title is just that GOOD. As far as a source to check out new jazz I think everyone here has an excellent one. It's called Youtube. There's also a lot of stuff on other sites like Dailymotion.com. And for the record even though we
    no longer have Wes Montgomery and George Benson took a break from jazz for awhile, we
    do have guitarists Russel Malone and Lionel Lueke. On sax we do have Kenny Garrett, Courtney Pine, Greg Osby, Branford Marsalis and btw, Pharoah Sanders and Wayne Shorter
    are still creating new music. Though I'm not always in the mood for her singing, on bass we do have the very talented Esperanza Spaulding...The day I stop listening to new music from
    a number of genres including jazz is the day I die...but
    to each it's own...
    Just listened to it. I guess I was scanning moreso than reading some of the posts when you attached the link. I'll give it to you, this cat is good. I'm listening to some of his other stuff on YouTube right now. Thanks for posting. And thanks to Motema Music for not only believing in jazz, but enough to put money into promoting it! My faith might be restored, yet.

  49. #49
    RossHolloway Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    I remember Miles' encouraging Herbie Hancock to do his thing back in the '80s, telling him that the reason for recordings was to put out what was already done. So, he told him to do something new and ignore the complaints from people like Wynton Marsalis who didn't appreciate great artists doing commercial music. That's not why I asked if jazz was dead, though.

    The reason that I asked is because nobody is listing songs by newer artists as their "favorite jazz tracks". That leads me to believe that either nobody is listening to modern jazz or nobody likes what they're hearing. From a personal standpoint, the last jazz station went off air in central Ohio a few years ago and they were caught up in playing "smooth jazz" that was more often than not, something that you could listen to in the background, but not something that made you perk up when any particular songs or artists came on.

    I used to dig early Kenny G, Najee, and George Howard music, which straddled jazz and pop in their composition, so I'm not totally against - as your friend's dad called it, "jazz lite". It's just that much of what I heard before I stopped listening was too lite.

    I'd love to hear today's version of George Benson, Grover Washington, or Stanley Clarke, who were yesterday's predecessors to Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane [[yeah, I said it), and Charles Mingus. I just don't know where I'm going to find the resource that permits me to find out who they are. My days of buying 3 to 5 albums every pay day to take my chances on something are about 25 years in the past.

    Jerry - Have you tried Pandora radio? At Pandora.com its an INCREDIBLE music site where you start by "building a station" around an artist or a song, and Pandora will then play other artists or songs built around some commonalities of your station. You can then fine tune your station by voting up or voting down the songs that are played. I've discovered several great new artist this way. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Also if you are an i-Tunes person their site also gives you access to radio stations not only across the country but also around the world. The internet is a great tool for finding new artist and music. i-Tunes also lets you hear samples of albums/songs, Amazon also does this, but not to the same extent.
    Last edited by RossHolloway; 09-12-2012 at 03:28 PM.

  50. #50
    Ross, I didn't know about the radio stations on I-Tunes, but I'm about to open the application tonight to find it. I'm going to check out Pandora. I've heard of it, but never was clued into what it is. Thanks for the heads up.

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