Jazz album help needed...what to get

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Marlat, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK

    I have purchased a lot of jazz albums lately and certainly have some favourites. However, I recently got the Bobby Timmons Trio "In Person" and really enjoyed it.

    The other "all time favourite" is Miles Davis "Kind of Blue".

    I'm wondering if you guys could suggest some albums that have a similar feel to either of these two albums, perhaps by different artists. I really love the piano / bass / drums trio work in the Bobby Timmons Trio so other similar trios would be great.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    The Bill Evans Trio - Sunday at the Village Vanguard, and Waltz for Debby

    Live albums recorded from the same stint at the Village Vanguard in New York. It will change your musical world.
  3. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    I wish there were some other jazz recordings out there like "Kind Of Blue," but it really is a unique album. One of a kind. Plus, it's the rare recording that my local brunch joint can play non-stop for fifteen years in an effort to appeal to common brunch-goers but which also still manages to offer vast rewards when I put it on at home, after a gig, with the headphones.

    In addition to the Bill Evans stuff mentioned above (which I strongly endorse--who doesn't?), I recommend: Bill Evans, "Everybody Digs Bill Evans;" John Coltrane "Complete Live at the Village Vanguard" (on Impulse) and Sonny Rollins "Live at the Village Vanguard volumes 1 and 2" (seeing a trend here?), Ahmad Jamal Trio "Live at the Pershing," and Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer "Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival." These recordings are all radically different from one another, but each one is a universe unto itself and will reward a lifetime of listening...
  4. jallenbass

    jallenbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Night Train: The Oscar Peterson Trio
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    OP? The thing I like in Bobby Timmons playing is that blues funkiness, I don't really hear that in Oscar. I'd lean more towards Hampton Hawes (ALL NIGHT SESSIONS or EVERBODY LIKES) or Sonny Clark, maybe Joe Zawinul with the Cannonball Adderly Sextet.

    While (as JONONO says) nothing really "sounds" like KOB, theer's some things that have a similar vibe (at least for me). Bill Evans/Jim Hall UNDERCURRENTS is another moment of sheer poetic beauty as is SOMETHING ELSE (Cannonball Adderly, Miles, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey). SOMETHING ELSE in particular seems to extend the vibe of FREDDIE FREELOADER (it was recorded prior to KOB). Or CANNONBALL & COLTRANE, that's a nice record.Joe Zawinul's first record as a leader (which contains IN A SILENT WAY) has a pretty nice vibe too.
  6. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I'll second the Cannonball notion.....

    There is a great live Cannonball recording called "Radio Nights." It has a cool vibe with Zawinul and the great Same Jones layin' down the time.... And it is pretty cool to hear Cannonball speaking to the audience... he was a marvelous public speaker.
  7. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you like Paul Chambers on KOB, and you like piano/bass/drum trios then you'll probably love the Red Garland Trio CDs - it's my favourite Paul Chambers stuff.

    It's essentially Miles' rhythm section, and in the trio format PC has more room to stretch (there's a lot of arco material there, too), and you can hear him much more clearly than on many of the Miles Davis tracks.

    Particular favorites of mine are: "Groovy," "The P.C. Blues," "A Garland of Red," "All Kinds of Weather" - hell, they're all great - pick any one: http://tinyurl.com/9sfv6

    If you're looking for a more modern Jazz fix try some Bill Charlap (with Peter Washington on bass). http://tinyurl.com/c62gl

    Them's my 2cents...