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Jazz drummer-less combos

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by jjmartone, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. jjmartone


    Feb 6, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    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. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    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.
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  3. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Both UNDERCURRENT and INTERPLAY - Bill Evans/Jim Hall, UNDERCURRENT is a Moment of Universal Truth and Beauty
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  4. isolated

    isolated Zenkaku

    Jim Hall/Steve LaSpina/Larry Goldings - Something Special

    Jimmy Rowles/Ray Brown - Tasty!

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

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Ron Carter

    Does trio -- piano, guitar, bass.

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


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    "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.
  7. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    Tommy Flanagan/George Mraz - "Ballads and Blues".
    Bill Charlap/Michael Moore - Concord Duo Series - "Vol. 9".

  8. njwelch75


    Jun 20, 2008
    Gastonia, NC
    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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  9. pnchad

    pnchad Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    Chet Baker's stuff is sans drummer
  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    In addition to Travelin' Light, Jimmy Giuffre recorded many more albums without drums.
  11. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Kenny Wheeler's "What Now?" with Chris Potter and Dave Holland. Trumpet - sax - piano - bass
  12. jjmartone


    Feb 6, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    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.
  13. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    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
  14. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Andre Previn, Joe Pass, Ray Brown

    After Hours

    Great stuff.
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  15. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Oh and how could I forget:

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

    Michael Glynn Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    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.
  17. Thank you kindly, Huy. The damn check's in the mail....
  18. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    Mingus, with Red Norvo and Tal Farlow