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Nice Jazz Recommendations.....you know, a bit like Kind Of Blue
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dave clarkson
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Edited Nov 25, 2009, 01:16
Re: Nice Jazz Recommendations.....you know, a bit like Kind Of Blue
Nov 24, 2009, 23:40
Want a refreshing change to the constant checking of the extended families of Miles, Impulse and Ornette which tends to be the norm round here? All great stuff mind but there's a wider jazz world out there too.

If you're looking for tuneful, melodic jazz of old with lots of swing then you can't go wrong with most albums featuring:
Pianists: Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck, John Lewis.
Trumpet: Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones, Lee Morgan, 50s Miles, Chet Baker, Wynton Marsalis (not popular with jazz snobs..go easy, put a bag over the sleeve).
Sax: Coltrane (Giant Steps), Johnny Griffin, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Ronnie Scott.
Guitar: Joe Pass, Charlie Byrd, Martin Taylor.
Vibes: Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, Lionel Hampton.
Bass: Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Mingus (selective), Charles Famborough. Bassist very important!
Drums: Art Blakey, Chico Hamilton, Shelly Manne, Martin Drew.

Lots of good 50s/60s blue note albums - take your pick. A good one with hard swing and soulful piano...

I'd suggest casting the net further and seeking out albums from musicians who were outside the 'family' of blue note....recommend stuff featuring Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Milt Jackson or drummer Martin Drew on it - they'll have you tapping your feet like a motherfucker. Oscar and Ray in action...
There's possibly a few albums around with most of those musicians playing together on them.
Good vocals...forget all the modern pretenders like Winehouse etc and go with the classics...two versions of same song..try Sarah Vaughan..
..or a fucked up Chet Baker who still sounded great shortly before popping his clogs...

Not a honk/shrill/'sound of a french traffic jam' or a sax player playing 'like scrambled eggs' in site with most of the above yet they've all pushed the direction of jazz too.


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