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10/11/2008 12:10:18 AM · #1
I know at least ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bassbone will be tuning in. What are you guys listening to? Here's what I'm in to lately:

Jaki Byard - Last From Lennie's
Featuring the great Joe Farrell on sax and flute. Not loving it like I thought I would, but it's still a killer set. Another recent Byard reissue got my attention -- Sunshine Of My Soul. Might get that one next.

Drew Gress - Irrational Numbers
Still getting into this one. Not liking it as much as 7 Black Butterflies, but that would be hard to beat. Craig Taborn is a hell of a pianist.

Dave Brubeck - Jazz At College of Pacific
Got to love these 1950's college tour sets with Paul Desmond. This isn't far off from Jazz Goes To College -- a desert island pick for me. Brubeck and Joe Dodge trade fours at the end of one track, and the audience goes wild after each break. To have been at one of these concerts...

Stan Kenton - Live at Kessler Air Force Base
Pulled this out recently for some more listening. Excellent live set, a comfortable and swinging listen (i.e. no ear-splitting brass). Jack Sheldon and Bill Perkins are on board for this one.
10/11/2008 12:35:08 AM · #2
I have been on (another) Keiko Matsui binge again - Currently playing on my itunes Dream Walk
Just finished Keiko and Bob James Ever After (4 hand piano)

BTW ... Up next a little Chick Corea



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10/11/2008 12:38:12 AM · #3
Dave B is one of my fav's too.
Joe Satriani
Herbie Handcock, Head Hunters
Chick Corea, Spain
Jaco Pastorious, on his own and with Joan Baez
Too many more to name.
10/11/2008 12:55:41 AM · #4
I'm a relative Jazz newbie.... so I don't really have any faves yet.

I usually just listen to a couple of different radio stations on the net.
10/11/2008 05:56:10 AM · #5
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10/11/2008 07:55:14 AM · #6
In our College Jazz Band we're doing a set of Charles Mingus tunes and they are fantastic!

10/11/2008 08:39:17 AM · #7
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Not my favorite jazz to listen to but Cecil Taylor is a good friend of mine. He'll tell you stories for hours about Billie, Max Roach, Miles, Coltrane, Dizzy...

I listen to a lot but lately...

Chris Potter, arguably one of the best sax players out there.

John Scofield is one of my faves.

Adam Rogers has caught my attention. He plays with everyone and he was on Nora Jones Grammy winning first CD.

If you like Mingus and guitar, his release called Three or Four Shades of Blue is very cool. It's the first time he used guitar in his music (Scofield, Coryell and Charlie Catherine) which was a switch since he'd previously frowned on Jazz Guitar.

10/11/2008 10:03:13 AM · #8
Oh yeah - John Scofield! I don't have anything recent but listened to Flat Out to death, love his version of Secret Love. I'm gonna check out 3 or 4 shades of blue, thanks for that!

Bill Evans - oh anything... anything... but a fave is Bill Evans Trio at Shelley's Manne Hole.

Geri Allen (w/Ralph Peterson Trio) - Triangular

Gil Evans Orchestra...plays the music of Jimi Hendrix and many other good albums. Does a killer version of Mingus' "Orange was the color of her dress, then silk blue" (on Priestess and Live at Sweet Basil).

Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy

Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage is one of my top 5 for a desert island

Stan Getz - and perhaps in particular the album 'Diz and Getz'

A nice fall day like today asks for Pat Metheny - Still Life Talking
10/11/2008 11:25:45 AM · #9
Originally posted by skewsme:

Oh yeah - John Scofield! I don't have anything recent but listened to Flat Out to death, love his version of Secret Love. I'm gonna check out 3 or 4 shades of blue, thanks for that!



Try Scofield-A Go Go, it's jazzy new Orleans like funk but strange in that his style sounds like he's playing with a good alcohol buzz. He plays a split second behind the beat...odd and cool at the same time. Listen to the clip of Boozer (appropriately titled) and you'll see what I mean by the drunken thing. Also, Medeski, Martin, and Wood are his backup band of that CD, a classic.

Uberjam and Up All Night are killer and more contemporary but he had some very straightforward jazz CD's, as you probably know.

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10/11/2008 11:34:09 AM · #10
Originally posted by pawdrix:

Originally posted by skewsme:

Oh yeah - John Scofield! I don't have anything recent but listened to Flat Out to death, love his version of Secret Love. I'm gonna check out 3 or 4 shades of blue, thanks for that!



Try Scofield-A Go Go, it's jazzy new Orleans like funk but strange in that his style sounds like he's playing with a good alcohol buzz. He plays a split second behind the beat...odd and cool at the same time.

Uberjam and Up All Night are killer and more contemporary but he had some very straightforward jazz CD's, as you probably know.


Scofield's disk with Medeski Martin & Wood, I liked a lot: Out Louder

One of my favorite jazz gutarists is Jeff Parker. Not terribly well known, and very different from Scofield, but still quite impressive. Versatile, modern, subtle -- he's great.
10/11/2008 12:05:09 PM · #11
Thelonius Monk on the piana.
The Miles Davis trumpet, especially "DooBop".
Etta James' vocals.

Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker bluesin it (Harry and Dolly/Murder).
10/11/2008 03:43:13 PM · #12
Diana Krall live in Paris
Oscar Peterson (I love anything by him)
Chet Baker
The Bill Evans Trio
10/11/2008 04:44:17 PM · #13
I have not been listening to a great deal of jazz in the past few weeks (actually I have been playing more - practicing with the big band I play in for a few gigs coming up - The Vic Elsi Big Band) , but here is what has been played most recently on my ipod from the genre:

Adam Klipple - A buddy of mine for college - a great keyboard player - very creative and energetic sound

Carl Saunders Bebop Big Band - a great big band playing excellent modern stuff - stunning solos and crazy tight ensemble work

Dexter Gordon 'Ballads' - Dex has the most awesome melancholy sound on the tenor in these tracks

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - This is my absolutely favorite big band playing right now - Goodwin is a monster arranger/ composer and the band is just sick!

10/11/2008 05:07:27 PM · #14
Originally posted by bassbone:

Carl Saunders Bebop Big Band - a great big band playing excellent modern stuff - stunning solos and crazy tight ensemble work


Just listened to a track called "Emily." I love the trombonist's sound -- clear and agile.

Originally posted by bassbone:

Dexter Gordon 'Ballads' - Dex has the most awesome melancholy sound on the tenor in these tracks


Goota love Dex. The opener on One Flight Up ("Tanya"?) is to die for.

As far as big bands go, the more modern, the better. Toshiko Akiyoshi is my all-time favorite band leader, hands down. The 70's stuff with husband Lew can't be touched. And I don't speak in superlatives too often. Other favorites are Kenton, Rich, Jones/Lewis, Either/Orchestra, the Micros (!), and a new discovery, Sean Bergin and MOB.

I need to give Goodwin a listen.
10/13/2008 10:52:28 AM · #15
Originally posted by zeuszen:

Thelonius Monk on the piana.
The Miles Davis trumpet, especially "DooBop".
Etta James' vocals.

Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker bluesin it (Harry and Dolly/Murder).


Monk is pretty damn awesome.

Solo Monk is the only CD I found in a quick search. I'm really taken by his unaccompanied playing. You can hear how pure his style is in recordings like these. Most people are familiar with the version of Ruby, My Dear that's on this release.
10/13/2008 11:03:19 AM · #16
I have an unsophisticated love for Jazz. I like Dixieland and blaring horns. I like vocalists.

Dinah Washington in the land of Hi-Fi and Dinah Jams are favorites of mine. If you want to hear the Jazz side of Sammy Davis, Jr., or if you just like perfection, then get The Wham of Sam.
10/13/2008 11:54:49 AM · #17
Stan Getz and John Coltrane.
10/13/2008 12:00:50 PM · #18
Originally posted by posthumous:

I have an unsophisticated love for Jazz. I like Dixieland and blaring horns. I like vocalists.

Dinah Washington in the land of Hi-Fi and Dinah Jams are favorites of mine. If you want to hear the Jazz side of Sammy Davis, Jr., or if you just like perfection, then get The Wham of Sam.


Posthumous has a good point about some good dixieland. A no better place to start listening to jazz is the seminal recording by Louis Armstrong recorded between 1925-29 Hot Fives and Sevens. As a trombonist, I usually hear the trombonists first and then have to think hard to hear the rest of what is going on. In these cuts, Louis makes you listen to him - he demands your attention. He is the master and his playing sets the stage for everything else that came after.
10/13/2008 12:07:45 PM · #19
It's the only radio I listen to.
KMHD
10/13/2008 02:18:50 PM · #20
Originally posted by HarryY:

In our College Jazz Band we're doing a set of Charles Mingus tunes and they are fantastic!

My dog's named after Mingus.
II B.S. - on Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus kicks my ass.

Lonely Woman - Ornette Coleman gets me hyper.

Miles, Monk, Trane and Mingus - can't go wrong.

Most anything on ECM - especially from the 70s
10/13/2008 03:38:29 PM · #21
I enjoy old school jazz but also like to listen to the modern smooth jazz. I have a few photos in my portfolio of some of the modern artists.
10/13/2008 03:57:29 PM · #22
Speaking of Miles...

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On the left is Marcus Miller who was the driving force that helped shape his sound during the Tutu years. The great Stanley Clark is on the right.

...and speaking of Mingus here's a beautiful version of Joni Mitchell doing Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius.

Ok...ok...ok just one more

Coyote also from the Shadows and Light tour. One from my Top 10 Favoite Songs of All Time list. I love the bass on this and Joni's super strange chords voicings make for a nice pairing.

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10/13/2008 04:25:00 PM · #23
Originally posted by pawdrix:

Speaking of Miles...

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On the left is Marcus Miller who was the driving force that helped shape his sound during the Tutu years. The great Stanley Clark is on the right.

...and speaking of Mingus here's a beautiful version of Joni Mitchell doing Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius.

Ok...ok...ok just one more

Coyote also from the Shadows and Light tour. One from my Top 10 songs of all time list. I love the bass on this and Joni's super strange chords voicings make for a nice pairing.


Shadows & Light -- excellent CD. You just reminded me -- I promised someone who I'll see this evening to loan them my copy of Don Juan's Reckless Daughter -- probably my favorite of the Joni/Jaco collaborations.

That said, "God Must Be A Boogie Man" is hard to top.
10/13/2008 04:30:20 PM · #24
Originally posted by swankFoto:


My dog's named after Mingus.
II B.S. - on Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus kicks my ass.


I need to pick that one up again. I remember liking "Hora Decubitus" with that intro that builds up to a fury. I've been introducing my kids to Ah Um over the past few weeks. I think they dig it! (They're 12.)

Originally posted by swankFoto:


Most anything on ECM - especially from the 70s


Conference of the Birds is a fine way to spend a half hour. I put it on whenever I want my wife to leave the room.
10/13/2008 04:54:17 PM · #25
Originally posted by swankFoto:

My dog's named after Mingus.


My cat is Knuckles, named for Knuckles Magee, the only musician ever to play the trumpet without fingers.
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