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[JAZZ] Best bebop albums?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Ari, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    I have found that from the jazz CDs I own, I tend to gravitate around the same few albums. My favorite style is the bebop from the 40s/50s/60s, and I have a preference for the alto/tenor saxophone sound.

    I'm looking for albums that are similar to these:

    Charlie Parker - The Quintessence (2cds)
    Dexter Gordon - Go
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    John Coltrane - Blue Train, Giant Steps
    Clifford Brown, Max Roach - Alone Together
    Bobby Timmons - The soul Man
    Art Blakey - Moanin'

    Could you point me toward the essential bebop albums, especially from saxophone players?
  2. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    You started with a great list!! My additions would be, "Mysteriouso" Thelonious Monk with Bob Rous "Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane".
    "Ballads" John coltrane, great CD, Elvin Jones gives a lesson on Minimalist Drumming on this CD! "The Turnaround" Hank Mobley, Almost any Miles from that era had either Hank Mobly or John Coltrane, Mobley had a very smooth baritone sound. "Adams Apple" by Wayne Shorter, Also Art Blakleys "Caravan" had Wayne Shorter. "Our Man in Paris" by Dextor Gordon. Hope this helps.
  3. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Here are some suggestions for albums from the Blue Note label. Go to Fopp in Covent Garden - you can get virtually the entire range for £5 a piece.

    Not all of these suggestions are strict bebop - some can be called "hardbop" and some are "modal".

    Art Blakey - 'Free For All'
    Dexter Gordon - 'Dexter Calling'
    Joe Henderson - 'Page One'
    Joe Henderson - 'Mode for Joe'
    Freddie Hubbard - 'Hubtones'
    Jackie Mclean - 'Let Freedom Ring'
    Bud Powell - 'The Amazing Bud Powell vol.1'
    Sonny Rollins - 'Vol. 1'
    Wayne Shorter - 'Adam's Apple'
    Horace Silver - 'Finger Poppin'
    Horace Silver - 'Song for my Father'
    Horace Silver - 'Six Pieces of Silver'
    Larry Young - 'Unity'

    I have tried to keep this list to saxophone-centred albums. The exceptions (Young, Blakey, Powell) all feature great sax performances.
  4. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Anything Thelonious Monk related.
  5. Dennis Kong

    Dennis Kong Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    San Mateo CA
    Besides what Dave suggested:

    1)Wayne Shorter:

    BN:Speak No Evil, Schizophrenia, JuJu,Night Dreamer,ETC, SoothSayer, The Collector.
    BN: any of the Art Blakey Lps.
    BN: Free Form- Donald Byrd.
    BN: Search for the New Land- Lee Morgan
    VJ: The Young Lions ( with Lee Morgan),

    2)Jackie Mclean:
    BN: Almost everything: Bluesnik, Capuchin Swing, A Fickle Sonance, Swing,Swang, etc , ones I recommend

    Prestige: 4-5-6, Lights Out.

    Jubilee: Quintet ( with Doug Watkins)

    3)Joe Henderson:
    BN: all. Inner Urge- my favorite

    Milestone: The Kicker, Quartets, In the Pursuit of Blackness.

    4) Tina Brooks:
    BN- either Mosiac or BN cds.

    5) Harold Land:
    BN: Take Aim
    Contemp: Grooveland
    Contemp: The Fox ( originally issued on Hi-Fi label)
    Atlantic: Hear Yea, Hear Yea. with Red Mitchell
    Contemp: For Real -by Hampton Hawes. with Scott Lafaro.

    6)Brooker Ervin
    Prestige: all-
    Bethlehem: The Book Cooks
    PJ: Structrually Sound
    BN: In-Between, & BN double lp reissue -Back from the Gig
    Atlantic: Blues& Roots -Charlie Mingus
    UA-Jazz Portraits- Charlie Mingus

    Some other sax players I suggest but due to space considerations.. (and there are quite few I left out too :( )
    Chris Woods- Prestige
    Sonny Stitt- Cobblestone
    Art Pepper- Contemp
    Don Wilkerson- BN
    Cannonball Adderley-Riverside
    Richie Kamuca-HiFi, Contemp (with Shelly Manne)
    Tubby Hayes- Tempo or Jasmine

    Thats a start !
    Have those in my collection.
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Just to split hairs...
    On a whole-
    Bebop = 1940s (Charlie Parker, pre-Afro Cuban Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, etc)
    Hard Bop = 1950s (Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Cannonball, etc)
    Post Bop = 1960s (Wayne Shorter, Coltrane, etc)

    Granted, some of the artists moved in & about the above mentioned(like Miles...).
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yes - I like all the albums that David has mentioned, for example - but they are all what I would call "Hard Bop" !

    I love Horace Silver and would add Cape Verdean Blues and Blowin' the Blues Away!
  8. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    Thank you all for your input so far.

    I already have some of the albums mentioned, but I'll make sure to check out those I am not yet familar with.

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