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Nice Jazz Recommendations.....you know, a bit like Kind Of Blue
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Re: Nice Jazz Recommendations.....you know, a bit like Kind Of Blue
Nov 24, 2009, 11:00
If you want to stay away from the free and the atonal then this is what I would pick out for you ...

Coltrane - Crescent
The great man on the cusp of change. One foot in the blues and modal Miles territory and the other reaching for A Love Supreme and beyond. For me it's the essential JC release.

Mingus - Changes Two
Possibly his greatest small group. Brilliant tunes. Brilliant playing.

Cannonball Adderley - Something Else
Kind of Miles lite but with more of a traditional Ellington influence.

Dexter Gordon - Go!
One of the great straight up hard bop records. Clark Terry and Billy Higgins are fantastic on these sessions too.

Round Midnight - Soundtrack
OK, so it's an easy way in but it's got some gorgeous music on it.

Dollar Brand - African Piano
Hypnotic solo record that sets the scene for records like "Koln Concert". Steve Reich meets Fela Kuti for solo piano.

Don Cherry - Art Deco
A late Cherry album (1990 ish) and one of his most straight up / traditional. Occasionally slips the moorings and heads into "Free" territory but is basically a ballads and blues set. Texan James Clay is revelatory on tenor.

Ellington - Far East Suite
This to me is another essential purchase. Some of the greatest soloists in the world playing some of the most beautiful arrangements in jazz. Everything is economical and the minute it is over you want to play it all over again. Big band jazz for modernists.
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