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    Two that pop into mind are Kind of Blue and Blue Trane. I know I enjoy Oscar Peterson, and Red Garland as a pianist, they are my favorites.

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    Mel Powell with Paul Quinichette and Bobby Donaldson, Borderline from the 1950s Vanguard series, one of 4 LPs with various small groups now on 2 CDs.
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    Access All Areas – Spyro Gyra and Yellowjackets Samurai Samba and Koinonia "Koinonia"

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    If I were to pick a favourite (studio) album each from my favourite artists they would be:


    Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah (1962):
    Duke Ellington - Black Brown and Beige (1958):
    Ornette Coleman - This is Our Music (1961):
    Thelonius Monk - It's Monk's Time (1964):
    Miles Davis - In a Silent Way (1969):

    Choosing just one Miles Davis album is particularly difficult as I've got so many by him.

    Then there are others, such as Andrew Hill's Point of Departure, Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, Jackie McLean's Destination... Out!, McCoy Tyner's The Real McCoy, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch!, Herbie Hancock's Empyrean Isles - the list goes on...
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    • Getz / Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobin
    • Out of the Cool Gil Evans Orchestra
    • Miles Davis Kind of Blue
    • Chick Corea Return to Forever
    • Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano written by Claude Bolling. Angel Romero George Shearing Shelley Mann Ray Brown
    • Head Hunters Herbie Handcock
    • Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelly with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (not found on one single album, their singles can be found on many albums, but I love their music)
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    I have a fairly large collection of jazz albums so it's difficult to pick a handful of favorites. But I suppose my main interest is modern jazz from the mid 50s forward. Before that I like some Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Fats Waller. So here's a short list.

    Duke's first lp Ellington Uptown
    The comprehensive Fats Waller series on JSP in six Volumes
    The Charlie Parker JSP box, and Verve Master Takes
    Miles Davis 60s Quintet box
    Herbie Hancock - Inventions and Dimensions
    Bill Evans- Waltz For Debby
    McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
    Yusef Lateef- Live At Pep's
    Roland Kirk- Bright Moments
    Oliver Nelson- Straight Ahead
    Eric Dolphy - Iron Man
    Sam Rivers- Contrasts
    George Russell - Ezz-thetics
    Pat Metheny- 80/81
    Pat Martino- Live
    Grant Green - Idol Moments
    Archie Shepp- Four For Trane
    John Scofield- Time On My Hands
    Keith Jarrett- Treasure Island
    Kenny Wheeler- Deer Wan
    Dave Holland - Extensions
    Eberhard Weber - The Colours Of Chloe
    Oregon- Out Of The Woods
    Gerry Mulligan- What Is There To Say
    John Anercrombie- November
    Nguyen Le - 3 Trios
    Joe Henderson- Inner Urge
    Bobby Hutcherson - Components
    Jackie McLean- Destination Out
    Andrew Hill- Passing Ships
    Sun Ra - Jazz In Silhouette, Super Sonic Jazz, Sleeping Beauty
    Mingus - Oh Yeah, Antibes 1960
    Mal Waldron - The Quest
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    Andrew Hill - Andrew!!!
    Andrew Hill - Judgment!
    (and a lot of other albums of him)
    Booker Little - Out front
    Abbey Lincoln - Straight ahead
    Herbie Nichols - Complete recordings
    Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro
    Wayne Shorter - Speak no evil
    Wayne Shorter - High life
    Jackie Mclean - Destination out
    Duke Ellington - The Ellington suites
    Mary Lou Williams - Nitelife
    Charles Mingus - Black saint and the sinner lady
    Eric Dolphy - Out to lunch
    Paul Desmond - Pure Desmond
    Jimmy Giuffre - Fusion
    Red Norvo trio (with Charles Mingus and Tal Farlow) - Savoy sessions
    John Coltrane - Crescent
    Sun Ra - Cymbals
    Albert Ayler - Witches and devils
    Ran Blake - Roundabout
    Denny Zeitlin - Mosaic select
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post

    Eric Dolphy - Iron Man
    I'm glad you mentioned Iron Man. It seems to get overshadowed by Out To Lunch. There is so much energy flowing out of that session.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I'm glad you mentioned Iron Man. It seems to get overshadowed by Out To Lunch. There is so much energy flowing out of that session.
    There's a new Dolphy set coming out this week on Resonance Records.
    https://resonancerecords.org/shop/er...-prophet-copy/
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    Here's a start:

    Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Mounting Flame
    Bruford - One of a Kind
    Miles - Sketches of Spain
    Miles - Kind of Blue
    Art Ensemble of Chicago - Nice Guys
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather
    Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior
    Eberhard Weber - The Colours Of Chloe
    Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance - Synovial Joints
    Steve Coleman and Five Elements - The Sonic Language of Myth
    Keith Jarrett - Koln Concert
    Keith Jarrett - Nude Ants
    Oregon- Out Of The Woods
    Ralph Towner - Solo Concert
    Jean Luc Ponty - Enigmatic Ocean
    Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Rapsodia
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    Alice Coltrane - Journey In Satchidananda
    John Coltrane - Africa / Brass
    Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
    Miles Davis - In A Silent way
    Herbie Hancock - Crossings
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness And Eternity
    John McLaughlin - Devotion
    Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
    Jaco Pastorius - Same
    Pharoah Sanders - Tauhid
    Soft Machine - Third
    Ralph Towner - Solstice
    Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller
    Josef Zawinul - Zawinul

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldiat View Post
    Access All Areas – Spyro Gyra and Yellowjackets Samurai Samba and Koinonia "Koinonia"
    "Samurai Samba" is almost great. Whenever I listen to it, I skip tracks 2 & 4. Some how "Deat Beat" and "Sylvania" don't do it for me. Otherwise, the rest of the disc is 1st in CLASS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I'm glad you mentioned Iron Man. It seems to get overshadowed by Out To Lunch. There is so much energy flowing out of that session.
    My all time favorite Eric Dolphy album is "Outward Bound"; just an awesome release!
    Last edited by Joe B; Nov-22-2018 at 20:40.
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