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Recommended Jazz Albums

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by RxFunk, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Hey guys(and gals:)), I'm looking for some good Jazz music as I've recently been getting into it a lot, and want to know where else I should look. Also, any Soul, Funk, R&B, Blues, just whatever you make think is appropriate/similar. Artists I like as a reference point: Al Green, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holliday, Caro Emerald, Dean Martin, Fitz and the Tantrums, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Jimmy Ruffin, Madeline Peyroux, Mayer Hawthorne, Melody Gardot, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, and Tony Bennett. Sorry if the list is excessive, just wanted to have my bases covered! Thanks!
  2. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    well not exactly jazz, but hovering musically around some of the ideas in jazz, check out tom waits "Nighthawks at the diner". still just folky-lounge-lizard-rock, but has a jazzy delivery. and, how can you go wrong at least checking out a tom waits album? actually lots of his stuff falls into its own "venn diagram" of musical styles, and if you don't know tom's music, at least take a listen.

    Dr. john has good stuff along some of the funk, r&b lines, too. these two i've mentioned are seemingly not as popular as they should be, IMHO.
  3. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    I'm not familiar with either of them actually, I'll check them out, thanks for the quick response!
  4. I'll go along with those two choices - I'm a big fan of them both.
  5. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    None of that list if Jazz... If you want to get to know Jazz, here is a great place to start:

    - Miles Davis "Kind of Blue"
    - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers "Implulse"
    - Clifford Brown/Max Roach "More study in Brown
  6. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Yeah, they were just artists that sort of use elements of jazz in their music which is why they were reference points is what I'm trying to say.
  7. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    Just picked up an album from 1939 (i think) by Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson trio (even though it's a quartet).. Amazing stuff. Others that I enjoy are:

    Live at Antibes - Charles Mingus
    East Coasting- Charles Mingus
    Milestones - Miles Davis
    Critical Mass - Dave Holland
    A Study in Brown - Clifford Brown
    Something for Lester - Ray Brown
  8. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Ray Brown is awesome! I'll check out the other stuff too.
  9. Charles Mingus- Ah Um

  10. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    I think I've listened to part of that before, I'll listen to the rest though.
  11. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Any jazz in their music is buried deep.

    Listen to anything by Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis or Joe Pass. They were great guitar players and always had great bass players. Check out The Poll Winners.

    This reminds me of an interview with Barney Kessel before he died. The interviewer asked him what he thought of smooth jazz and he said, I don't know what it is, but it ain't jazz.
  12. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    I know Joe Pass, don't know the others though. I'll give em a listen.
  13. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    This is going to be a highly subjective list, but these are all recordings I've spent a lot of time with:
    MOTION - Lee Konitz, Sonny Dallas and Elvin Jones
    JIM HALL TRIO LIVE - Jim Hall, Don Thompson and Terry Clarke. They just released 3 additional CDs of recordings form this one week engagement at the club Bourbon Street
    GROOVY - Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Art Taylor
    THE BRIDGE - Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Bob Cranshaw, Ben Riley
    THE ARRIVAL - Victor Feldman, Scott LaFaro, Stan Levey
    WALTZ FOR DEBBIE - Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian
    MOTOR CITY SCENE (or SESSIONS?) - Thad Jones, Billy Mitchell, Al Grey, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones
    MODE FOR JOE - Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller. Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers
    LIVE AT SWEET BASIL - Jim Hall, Red Mitchell
    LIVE AT SWEET BASIL - Warne Marsh, Red Mitchell
    LIVE IN TOKYO - Jimmy Raney, Sam Jones, Leroy Williams
    LIVE IN PARIS - Jimmy Raney, Sonny Clark, Red Mitchell, Bobby White
    LIVE AT STORYVILLE - Stan Getz, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Teddy Kotick, Tiny Kahn
    Man, it's hard to stop. The other thing I would say - make your list personal; if you hear a recording that REALLY speaks to you, do the following:
    Find records that have the leader (of the recording you like) as a sideman
    Find records that have the same rhythm section but different horn players
    Find records that have the same horn players but a different rhythm section
    And ALWAYS, when you hear someone who is really affecting you at a deep level, try to find as much stuff that they play on as possible. It will become apparent pretty quickly who is playing at a deeply creative level and who is basically recycling the same stuff from record to record. And also be sure to go back and listen to stuff that you didn't dig so much when you first heard it (ESPECIALLY if it's a recording you keep hearing jazz musicians talking about a LOT). Sometimes you can't hear at a deep enough level for it to make sense the first few times through, as your ear gets deeper you can catch stuff you couldn't before. And conversely, stuff that you thought was the absolute killing ****, just doesn't hold up...
  14. there are tons of jazz styles. so every reply is boudn to be subjective.

    definitely check out miles davis' kind of blue, bill evans' portrait in jazz and john coltrane's a love supreme.

    for big band jazz, and since you listed frank sinatra, check out his two "Duets" albums. his voice isnt in best shape anymore but they feature nice swing renditions of popular jazz tunes such as mack the knife, new york, a foggy day.

    also i got something in my collection called "miles davis and horns" released 1955 i think its recorded in between 51 and 53. its easy to listen to and but still very interesting.

    for classic vocal jazz dont neglect ella fitzgerald. i recommend you her duets with louis armstrong.

    for bluesy piano jazz check out oscar peterson- "night train"
    also he has an album with louis armstrong which is nice too.

    esperanza spalding is a contemporary jazz artist and bassist that gets much love on TB.

    also if youre into the more crazy stuff, sun ra, pharoah sanders and rahsaan roland kirk are essential.

    sun ra's early recordings such as "sounds of joy" and "jazz in silhouette" are more traditional. "atlantis" is minimalistic with percussion. my personal favorite right now is "lanquidity"

    rahsaan roland kirk's volunteered slavery is classic and pharoah sanders "africa" or "journey to the one" i also recommended
  15. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    :cool: thanks for the great list!
  16. also i recall having official trancriptions for the sinatra albums. now they are copyrighted so i cant share them but you may find them on your own somewhere. very nice easy reading and playing practise for walking bass through different keys
  17. zfunkman


    Dec 18, 2012
    For something different try listening to some Brand X (progressive jazz) - start with Timeline, then go on from there. All their stuff is good. Percy Jones is an amazing bass player. Also, you may want to give Medeski, Martin & Wood a listen . . . End of the World Party is my fav.
  18. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Wow! Big list, I'll go through this when I get a chance. Thanks, Ed!
  19. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Good stuff here!
  20. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    I'll give it a try too, thanks.