2005's best music

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Andy Allen, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    As the year draws to a close, what was your favourite music during 2005? I suppose it ought to be in two categories:

    1) Favourite 2005 releases

    2) Older music you discovered in 2005.

    There were so many for me, but I'll start off with a select few.

    1) 2005 releases:

    Alan Broadbent "Round Midnight' (w/Brian Bromberg)

    Bill Mays "Live at Jazz Standard" (w/Martin Wind)

    Ted Howe "Elton Exposed" (w/John Patitucci)

    Larry Fuller Trio "Easy Walker" (w/Ray Brown)

    2) Oldies I learned to Love:

    Howard Alden & Jack Lesburg "No Amps Allowed"

    Miles Davis "My Funny Valentine" (w/Ron Carter)

    Gene Bertoncini & Michael Moore "Two in Time"

    Honorable mentions:

    Best Box Set: Bill Evans "Last Waltz" (w/Marc Johnson)

    So...watcha been listnin' to?
  2. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ooo, neat thread. I like this.

    Out of 2005 releases...

    Introducing the Laila Biali Trio
    Not sure if this was an 04 or 05, but I saw them (with a sub drummer) live last spring and bought the CD during intermission. GREAT group -- my favourite is their version of Body and Soul, which coincidentally, is the first vocal version I not only tolerated, but really loved. Admittedly, I have not heard any of the old greats sing this particular tune.

    Thelonius Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall
    This is a 2005 release, right? :D

    Older than 05...

    Well, this is more difficult. I'll get back to you.
  3. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Edgar Meyer (Music for Two, Bottesini CD, Uncommon Ritual), Norah Jones. There's also a song by one of those singer/songwriters (Sheryl Crowe?) that is an older tune, I think, 'Soaking Up the Sun' or something like that? That's a pretty good number. Zoot Sims and Annie Ross (around '61, I think), album called 'A Gasser' with Russ Freeman, Mel Lewis and Monty Budwig and friends.
  4. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    Paul Motian trio - I have the room above her
    Liam Noble - Romance Among the Fishes
    Ravi Coltrane - In Flux
    John Coltrane - One Up, One Down
    Drew Gress - 7 Black Butterflies

    older discoveries:
    loads, but in particular Louis Armstrong, and Miles at the Plugged Nickle
  5. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    I'm clearly running a few years behind the times, but I bought these 3 cds in 2005.

    Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Un Gran Dia En El Barrio
    Pablo Aslan - Avantango
    Charlie Hunter - Songs from the Analog Playground
  6. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    THE NEW:
    Ravi Coltrane, In Flux
    John Coltrane, One Down One Up
    Parker & Gillespie, Town Hall 1945
    Gilles Lionel Louke, Gilfema

    THE OLD:
    Donald Brown, The Early Bird
    Joe Henderson, Double Rainbow
    Branford Marsalis, Crazy People Music

    Roy Haynes 80th Birthday (with Marcus Strickland, Chick Corea, John Patitucci)
    Teri Lynne Carrington (with, IMR, Gary Thomas and Patitucci)
  7. Peter Ferretti

    Peter Ferretti Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    The Way Up-Pat Metheny
    Beyond the Sound Barrier-Wayne Shorter
    Music for Two-Edgar Meyer + Bela Fleck
    A ton of other stuff, I can't really come to think of it now..\

    The Piano-Herbie Hancock
    Maher Complete Symphony's-Leonard Bernstien and NY Phil
    yet again, a ton of other stuff that I can't remember
  8. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    Greg Osby - Channel 3
    Ravi Coltrane - In Flux
    Drew Gress - 7 Black Butterflies

    DVD - Love Supreme - Branford Marsalis Live in Amsterdam

    Coltrane live at the Half Note
  9. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    "In Flux" and "7 Black Butterflies" keep getting mentioned, and I have to say those are the main two on my list as well. I've always been distantly respectful of Drew Gress, but with these two recordings I think he is head and shoulders above most jazz bassists playing these days (musically speaking--and what else is there?). He plays no wasted notes, and he always contributes something meaningful to the moment at hand.

    Also: that new Fiona Apple recording, "Extraordinary Machine," is quite good. Her voice on the title track is enthralling--the perfect musical instrument. I wish I could convince her to do a standards record with me...

    Also, there's this band called The Beatles (sp?), and they did this album called "Revolver" from like a long time ago, and I've been checking it out and it's a real gas...
  10. christ andronis

    christ andronis

    Nov 14, 2001
    Earthworks - "Random Acts of Happiness"

    Fleck/Meyer - "Music for Two"

    Rufus Reid - "The Gait Keeper"

    Oregon - "Live at Yoshi's"

    Brian Bromberg - "It's About Time"

    Yo Yo Ma/ Edgar Meyer/ Mark O'Connor - "Appalachia Waltz"

    Even though most of these weren't released in 2005, I was made aware of them then.
  11. bassbaterie


    Dec 14, 2003
    Houston Texas
    Director, Quantum Bass Center
    a few of SO many cool CD's (not new releases though) that came my way this year:

    Jim Ferguson "Not Just another Pretty Bass" - his ballads are so incendiary - leave it to a bassist

    Johnny Frigo "Renaissance Man" and "Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed" - released when he was ONLY 85 years old

    Rabbath's "In a Sentimental Mood" - straight up melodies, I'm digging it

    Glenn Kaiser "You made a difference in me" - huge fat sound, Chicago blues/gospel, dripping with horns and Hammond