Jazz drummer-less combos

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  1. jjmartone

    jjmartone Supporting Member

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    Could you guys recommend some good small combo albums, preferably without a drummer? I play a lot of gigs without a drummer and I tend to gravitate towards that sound, at least momentarily.

    I've been on a huge Jim Hall/Red Mitchell/Lee Konitz kick lately, almost listening exclusively to:

    Hall/Mitchell live at Sweet Basil's
    Jim Hall/Ron Carter - Telephone
    Joe Pass/Red Mitchell - Finally Live in Stockholm
    Joe Pass/Niels Pedersen - Chops
    Red Mitchell/Lee Konitz - I Concentrate On You
    Red Mitchell/Warne Marsh - Big Two
    Jimmy Giuffre 3, Travlin Light

    Also found this gem, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Benny Aronov https://archive.org/details/pra-BC0709.21
  2. jeffbonny

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    You might dig the Gene Bertoncini/Michael Moore duo recordings. One of my favorites is Bridges but as far as I know it hasn't made the leap from vinyl to digital. Moore's arco work is stellar.
  3. Ed Fuqua

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    Both UNDERCURRENT and INTERPLAY - Bill Evans/Jim Hall, UNDERCURRENT is a Moment of Universal Truth and Beauty
  4. isolated

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    Jim Hall/Steve LaSpina/Larry Goldings - Something Special

    Jimmy Rowles/Ray Brown - Tasty!

    Paul Bley/Franz Koglmann/Gary Peacock - Annette
  5. Stick_Player

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    Ron Carter

    Does trio -- piano, guitar, bass.

    Touring Europe now with Donald Vega (piano) and a guitarist (name escapes me).
  6. deste

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    "A drummer is like a condom: usually it's safer to have it, but without it there's such a different pleasure!" (popular wisdom, accepted by girls too)

    Lots of piano/guitar/bass trios since the 40's (Nat King Cole, to name one).
    The greatest in my taste, the wonderful Giuffre/Bley/Swallow trios.
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    Tommy Flanagan/George Mraz - "Ballads and Blues".
    Bill Charlap/Michael Moore - Concord Duo Series - "Vol. 9".

    Thanks.
  9. njwelch75

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    There's another Pass/NHOP album called "Live at Northsea Nights"

    Also Kenny Wheeler's "What Now?" with Dave Holland and Chris Potter.
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    Chet Baker's stuff is sans drummer
  12. brianrost

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    In addition to Travelin' Light, Jimmy Giuffre recorded many more albums without drums.
  13. Sam Sherry

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    Kenny Wheeler's "What Now?" with Chris Potter and Dave Holland. Trumpet - sax - piano - bass
  14. jjmartone

    jjmartone Supporting Member

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    This is great everybody, thanks! Just picked up Kenny Wheeler's Angel Song and What Now, and Don Thompson/Ed Bickert At The Garden Party.
  15. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

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    Not already mentioend.
    * = my favorites

    John Abercrombie, Don Thompson: Witchcraft
    Ron Carter & Houston Person: "Something in Common"*, "Now's the Time", "Dialogues"
    Lee Konitz & Alan Broadbent: "Live-Lee", "Move Live-lee"*
    Hank Jones & Red Mitchell: Duo*
    Richard Carr, Milt Hinton, Howard Alden: We Three Strings
    Christian McBride: "Conversations with Christian"
    Brubeck & Widelock Duo: Monk not Monk*
    Kenny Barron & Buster Williams : Two as One
    Kenny Barron & Harvie S: Now Was the Time
    Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, Ray Brown*
    Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller: Golden Striker*
    Bill Frisell & Fred Hersch: Songs we Know*
    Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow: Songs with Legs*
    Steve Swallow & Steve Kuhn
    Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo*
    Lee Konitz, Charlie haden, Brad Mehldau*
    Deidre Rodman, Steve Swallow
    Red Mitchell & Joe Beck
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    Andre Previn, Joe Pass, Ray Brown

    After Hours
    Uptown

    Great stuff.
  17. hdiddy

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    Oh and how could I forget:

    Paul Warburton & Dale Bruning : Our Delight*
  18. Michael Glynn

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    For sure. Others to mention include early Ahmad Jamal, Tal Farlow (with Vinnie Burke on bass), and of course, Oscar Peterson with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis.
  19. Paul Warburton

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    Thank you kindly, Huy. The damn check's in the mail....
  20. MR PC

    MR PC

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    Mingus, with Red Norvo and Tal Farlow

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