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Where to begin.

Those of you who have been following things here on this forum should know by now that I'm not going to begin with "Jazz at the Pawn Shop", since I hocked my copy last week. I think that something a little more musically significant would be more in order to get things off to a good start.

So how about that old audiophile standby and jazz classic:

Duke Ellington - All Star Road Band, Vol. 1-2.

Recorded at dance in Chicago in 1957 it captures the great Ellington orchestra on a typical night playing wonderful music to make the paying customer happy. As ground breaking as Live at Newport? No. As well recorded as JATPS? No. But great music and lots of fun none the less and highly recommended.

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OK, I'll rise to the bait. Here's three off the top of my head for openers.

Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian Live at the Village Vanguard. When I put this one on, I invariably go first and maybe also last to the fine performance of Lenny Bernstein's great tune Some Other Time.

Duke Ellington's 75th Birthday Concert. Fun, if your in the mood for a great big band sound and lots of Ellington compositions.

Dixieland Jam. A live recording at Eddie Condon's from 1957. The group billed as Eddie Condon's all stars included Wild Bill Davidson, Vic Dickenson, and Bob Wilber among others. They do a particularly good job on Davenport Blues.

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Here's another, an old Columbia "360 Sound" I've had since sometime in the early 60's titled Feeling Good. Henry "Red" Allen on trumpet and vocals, with Sammy Price on piano, Benny Moten on bass, and George Reed on drums. The live recording was made at a place called the Blue Spruce Inn in Roslyn, Long Island. My favorite on this one is I'm Comin' Virginia.

Although Don Ellis was quoted as calling Allen the most avant-garde trumpet player in New York, I play this one for mostly sentimental reasons. One night at the London House in Chicago, a group of us were seated right at the bandstand. A friend of mine, who had had more scotch than he could handle began to slump a bit in his chair. Allen hit an opening note with the bell of his horn about a foot from my friend's head and followed it with "get with it man."

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Today selection:

Bap-Tizum - The Art Ensemble of Chicago

Recorded live at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1972 and originally released back in 1972 on Atlantic Records, this is classic AEC. Plenty of free blowing, lots of collective improv and an amazing finish. I suggest listening to the entire performance in one sitting to get the full effect. It is currently available as a Koch Jazz CD or 4Men With Beards LP.

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I'm going to keep this thread going by myself if I have to. So today's selections is:

The State of The Tenor, Volumes 1 & 2 - Joe Henderson on Blue Note (CD should be in print, LPs out of print)

Recorded live at New York City's fabled Village Vanguard in 1985 and featuring a trio with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster, Henderson is in top form as he pays homage to follow tenor giant like Sonny Rollins.

Rollins recorded a famous trio date back in the late 1950's live at the Vanguard that set a very high standard for tenor trios. On this recording Henderson along with Carter and Foster meet that standard while finding several new things to say on the subject.

Their cover of Sam River's "Beatrice" is alone worth the price of admission and makes one wonder why this beautiful song is not a jazz standard. The way Henderson develops his solos is fascinating, almost like a long slow unravelling and then rebuilding.

Tomorrow it's back to the free jazz!

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Nice thread jazzfan! I've been meaning to check out that AAOC release, BAPTIZUM, for some time now. You've got me motivated!

Recently, I've been enjoying Sonny Rollins' OUR MAN IN JAZZ, which is a wonderful live date w/Don Cherry at The Village Gate in '62. I'm not sure if it is still in print, but I picked this up a few years ago when Classic Records was blowing out their Gold disc series.

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Nice thread jazzfan! I've been meaning to check out that AAOC release, BAPTIZUM, for some time now. You've got me motivated!

Recently, I've been enjoying Sonny Rollins' OUR MAN IN JAZZ, which is a wonderful live date w/Don Cherry at The Village Gate in '62. I'm not sure if it is still in print, but I picked this up a few years ago when Classic Records was blowing out their Gold disc series.

Thanks, Dave.

As for the Rollins date "Our Man In Jazz", it should still be in print and available as a CD, with 3 bonus tracks, on the RCA label. It is also available as disc 3 of the six disc "Complete Sonny Rollins RCA Victor Recordings" and as the RCA Bluebird release "On The Outside", which is most likely out of print.

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here's a few more:

Mulgrew Miller- Live at Yoshi's Vol.II
Jessica Williams- Live at Yoshi's Vol.II
Art Pepper- Friday Night at the Village Vanguard
Kenny Werner Trio - Peace
Wayne Shorter- Footprints Live
Kurt Elling- Live in Chicago
Stryker-Slagle Band- Live at Jazz Standards
Barry Harris- Live in New York
Jason Lindner- Live/UK

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First off, thanks kana813 for those choice selections. The Art Pepper date is a stone classic, with Art and company in top form. Dr. Barry Harris has been burning the flame of bebop for many, many years with little to almost no recognition so it's good to see him listed. Some of others I'm not familiar with or chose not to comment on but hey, I glad that others are starting to chime in.

Now onto today's selection:

Flowers for Albert - David Murray on India Navigation (available as double CD with bonus tracks).

This quartet date, recorded June 26, 1976 at The Ladies' Fort, in New York City when Murray was just 21 years old helped to launch the fabled "Loft Jazz Scene" of the mid 1970's, a scene that Ken Burns and Wynton Marsalis gave rather short shift to in their somewhat biased but much lauded PBS Jazz documentary.

The Ladies' Fort was a musician run "loft" jazz club on, I believe, Great Jones Street, in what is known as the No-Ho (north of Houston Street) area of downtown NYC. A pretty mininalist no-frills environment that was all about the music, man. Performance area (not even a raised stage), some bare bones lighting, limited seating and no bar or food.

But the music was often great and "Flowers For Albert" is fine example of the kind of excitement that was air on a special night at the Fort. The Albert of the title track refers to the great Albert Ayler, who Murray paid hommage to with this song based on a simple repeated phase, like the simple folk melodies Alyer would often use as the basis for his own compositions. In 1976 most, if not all, young tenor sax players were standing firmly in Coltrane's long shadow and Murray's acknowledgement of players like Ayler, Ben Webster and Gene Ammons, amoung others, was quite unusual.

Joining Murray in the quartet are Olu Dara on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Phillip Wilson on drums. Fred Hopkins was another young(ish) terror at the time and he would go on to become one of the most respected bass players on the jazz scene until his untimely death at age 51 in 1999.

As for the music they played that night, well I've spent many a night listening to that old LP all the way through and I've never tired of hearing it. Sure it's a little raw in spots but that's what helps to make it so worthwhile. The music just overflows with possibilities and potential, most of which would be realized by Murray and Hopkins in the years following.

Tomorrow an underground classic from Miles Davis.

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First off, many thanks to Jazzfan for starting this thread, and to all other contributors. For someone who has only recently (2 or so years) begun to investigate and enjoy jazz

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And if you think I was tough on JATPS then don't get me started on all of those female "jazz" singers so popular with the grey haired audiophile crowd - you know the type, overly breathy vocals, so closely miked that I think the mike's halfway down their throat, and always an "amazing" piano player to boot!

I really don

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Hello all

Sorry for getting this message up so late today but it was just a beautiful day outside here in the northern NJ and I was busy riding my bicycle - a hobby I happen to enjoy at least as much as jazz, music and audio. Anyway onto today's selection:

No Blues - Miles Davis - A 1990 JMY Release

Here are the details on this release:
Tracks:
1. 'Round About Midnight - 8:07
2. No Blues - 13:01
3. Mascalero - 10:41
4. I Fall In Love Too Easily - 7:54
5. Riot - 6:07
6. Walkin' - 9:10
7. Green Dolphin Street - 16:40
8. The Theme - 0:45

Personnel:
Miles Davis - trumpet
Wayne Shorter - tenor
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

Recorded in Paris, November 6, 1967

First off this is not an official release (I hope that Mr. Baird doesn't delete this message) but that doesn't stop it from being excellent on all counts. The playing is great, the sound quality is first rate and the song selection is outstanding.

Recorded at the tail end of this, Miles' second great quintet's lifespan, just before Miles would take his music in an entirely different direction, these five musicians are communicating at an uncanny level. Every song, phrase and even note is charged with electricity, be it the older standards like "I Fall In Love Too Easily" or newer material such as "Riot". Everyone and I do mean everyone is playing at such a high level that it's simply mind blowing. Williams' drums crackle and then simmer, Carter's bass just floats or lays down a solid walking line as needed, Shorter is way beyond brillant and Hancock shows why he holds sway over a whole generation of keyboard players who came after him. Miles is classic Miles and in top form - need I say more.

So now that I've whet your appetite your probably saying "what a jerk, how am I ever going to find a bootleg CD from 1990?" Well one good thing about bootlegs is that they keep showing up in different forms all the time. So just go by the date - November 6, 1967. Plus it's now the digital age which means.....(if I finish this sentence Mr. Baird will delete this post). So good luck on your quest.

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No Blues - Miles Davis - A 1990 JMY Release

Personnel:
Miles Davis - trumpet
Wayne Shorter - tenor
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

Well that one has really got my interest peaked and here

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A quick little side note. Geri Allen, the pianist I recommended to you earlier, is married to Wallace Roney, the trumpet player on "A Tribute To Miles". It's a small world.

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Thanks for keeping the thread alive, Jazzfan.

I wanna cheat just a tad and list a direct to disc LP that is perhaps my all time favorite D2D:

For Duke by Bill Berry and his Ellington Allstars

I was technically recorded "live" and has come the closest that I can recall to giving me a live feeling in my listening room.

It actually can pass the "live in the next room" test on many systems.

It's available on CD, but is really worth seeking out on vinyl.

This is the Amazon link to get more album info:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005MNTB/qid=1131486070/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i6_xgl15/102-9858135-0645750?v=glance&s=music&n=507846

Satin Doll on this disc is truly reference quality.

OK, I'll keep trying to think of gems to add later.

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Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian Live at the Village Vanguard. When I put this one on, I invariably go first and maybe also last to the fine performance of Lenny Bernstein's great tune Some Other Time.

Clay, great recommendation. Thanks for reminding me of this one, or should I say

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I'll second the recommendation of "Waltz for Debby" and "Sunday at the Village Vanguard." What a captivating performance and recorded very well given its age. "My Foolish Heart" sparked my interest in Jazz and I have been rapidly adding Jazz to my music collection.

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I thought all music is recorded "live" as in "Dead men don't where plaid" or play the piano. LOL Just kidding.

The recording that is one of my favs, but I'm not sure if it's the right genre, Eve Cassidy: Live At Blues Alley. The location recording is great to me.

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It's been a couple of weeks since I added anyting to this thread so a nice free jazz release to revive things.

The Feel Trio - Looking (Berlin Version) - FMP CD 25, released 1991

The Feel Trio consists of Cecil Taylor on piano, the great British drummer Tony Oxley and and William Parker on bass. This live date was recorded in Berlin in November 1989 and the music is surprisingly lively and accessible. This CD is among my favorite Cecil releases of the past 20 years or so.

Oxley's loose and open percussion style works perflectly with Taylor's rapid fire keyboard technique while Parker provides a steady foundation for them to build upon. While this recording, like all Cecil Taylor recordings, is not for the faint of heart, it is not as wild many of Cecil's other works and there is most definitely a clear sense of interplay between the musicians. There was also a limited edition ten CD box set of the Feel Trio recorded at a London jazz club put out back in the mid 1990's and features the same high level of playing. (I only have an MP3 copy of the set.)

I find that the key to enjoying a Taylor recording is to think of it more as a classical work than a jazz work. Listen for themes and ebbs and flows of the music. Very similiar to a Keith Jarrett solo performance but somewhat wilder and with the ideas more loosely connected.

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Jazzfan, thanks for that recommendation, I haven't heard that one!

I'll try and come up with another to add in the next few days.

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Back to more mainstream jazz for this classic live release.

Tito Puente's Golden Latin Jazz All-Stars - Live at the Village Gate - Sony Tropi Jazz CDZ 80879 (1992)

Recorded on April 27th, 1992 in the New York City jazz club as part of the then ongoing WBGO-FM's "Salsa Meets Jazz" series, this is one All Star session that lives up to all the hype. Check out this line up:

Ignacio Berroa - Drums
Paquito D'Rivera - Alto Sax
Andy Gonzalez - Bass
Giovanni Hidalgo - Bongos, Conga, Drums
Tito Puente - Timbales
Mario Rivera - Soprano Sax
Claudio Roditi - Trumpet
Hilton Ruiz - Piano
Mongo Santamaria - Conga
Dave Valentin - Flute

Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria on the same recording! Dave Valentin and Paquito D'Rivera together! Too good to be true!

Now check out the tunes:

1. Intro By Alfredo Cruz - 1:10
2. New Arrival - 9:28
3. Sunflower - 9:17
4. Afro Blue - 10:56
5. Skin Jam - 5:17
6. I Love's You Porgy - 8:42
7. Oye Como Va - 6:23
8. Milestones - 14:15

Just about all classics and all with wonderful arrangements, which in latin jazz are very important. Imagine getting to hear "Afro Blue" and "Oye Como Va" played by their composers. Excellent selection of songs.

Now for the players. Tito Puente was not known as "El Rey" for nothing. Whether he was fronting a big band or just jamming with his friends, El Rey loved to play his timbales and there was no one better. Mongo Santamaria brought the congas into America's living rooms and remains a master on the instrument. Hildalgo, Berroa, Gonzalez and Ruiz were quite possibly the best Latin jazz rhythm session of all time, in any event it sure as hell sounds like it. Valentin, D'Rivera, Roditi and Ruiz all turn in one great solo after another on tune after tune. A smoking session throughout.

This CD got lost on Sony's speciality Latin Jazz label at the time of its release but it is as much a jazz record as it is a Latin record and should have been given wider release and better support. It's just begging for reissue.

If you are only going to own one Latin jazz CD, than this is the one to get. For once I can say believe the hype.

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As I stated several posts ago, I will keep this thread going all by myself if I have to so here's a real nice live recording which I'm sure that just about everyone missed out on.

Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble - Cape Town Shuffle: Live at Hot House Delmark CD 545, 2003 I believe that this is CD is still in print and readily available via any major retail or e-tail CD store.

Ernest Dawkins is a is Chicago based sax player and band leader and graduate of the AACM school of advanced musical mayham and good times. Along with the New Horizons Ensemble, Dawkins has been treating the good people of Chicago to some first rate jazz for well over ten years. Luckly for the rest of us Delmark managed to capture this fine working band in excellent sound on a typical night in the Windy City.

This live recording has that "you are there" feel to it, the bass snaps, the drums crack, the cymbals sparkle and the horns are out in front without being too overwhelming.

As an added bonus, so rare on your standard "audiophile" release, the quality of the music matches, if not exceeds, the quality of the recording. There are only four tunes on the 65 minute long disc and no tune is less than 14 minutes long. This is not music for the background, it demands to be heard and felt. While Dawkins and company are not "out there" squawkers and screamers, they are damn good shouters, as in their music is steeped in the blues tradition and they bring it on home with force and meaning but always manage to have a grand old time in the process.

So pour yourself a nice glass of whatever, find the sweet spot, dim the lights and take an hour long visit to a hopping Chicago jazz club.

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Thanks for keeping the thread alive, Jazzfan.

I wanna cheat just a tad and list a direct to disc LP that is perhaps my all time favorite D2D:

For Duke by Bill Berry and his Ellington Allstars

I was technically recorded "live" and has come the closest that I can recall to giving me a live feeling in my listening room.

It actually can pass the "live in the next room" test on many systems.

It's available on CD, but is really worth seeking out on vinyl.

This is the Amazon link to get more album info:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005MNTB/qid=1131486070/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i6_xgl15/102-9858135-0645750?v=glance&s=music&n=507846

Satin Doll on this disc is truly reference quality.

Thanks for the heads up on this one Buddha. The CD version isn't too shabby either. Mastered by producer Ken Kriesel from the original super-analog master tapes and the same M&K modified Telefunken M15A Magnetophon which recorded them. The M15A was meticulously calibrated to its original specifications by Ken just prior to mastering. A direct signal path was created from the M15A to a special Wadia 20-bit analog-to-digital converter to create the CD master. One of the best sounding redbook CD's I've heard in some time. Of course all that wouldn't mean a thing if the music didn't swing, and boy does it! Only wish there was more of it. Tasty stuff!

RG

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Sam Rivers Trio: Celebration
Positone Records (2004)

Recorded live at the Jazz Bakery in 2003.

Sam Rivers: Tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, paino
Doug Matthes: Bass violin, 6-string electric bass, bass clarinet
Anthony Cole: Drums, piano, tenor saxophone

I had the pleasure of hearing Sam Rivers Trio live at the Social in Orlando FL in 2003, and it was, hands down, the best show I have ever seen (does it help that I'm only 22?). As soon as I knew of this recording I picked it up, the trio sounds great on this recording, as well as the recording itself. Available from most online record stores.

Josh

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Hi Josh,

Thanks for the input. I haven't heard that Sam Rivers CD as yet but now I guess I'll just have to put it on my short list of things to look out for.

As far as the live show you saw back in 2003, depending on when in 2003 the concert took place (before or after September) Rivers was either 79 or 80 years old. Pretty good for some old guy. One sad note about Sam Rivers though, I heard recently that Beatrice, Sam's wife of over 50 years, just passed away. One can only hope that Sam finds the strength and will power to continue on without her. And if not, I hope that they are reunited and happy once again.

By the way, do check out the recording who's cover I used for my avatar (that image below my name) - Dave Holland's "Conference Of The Birds" on ECM, which features Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton on reeds.

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Ray Brown Trio - Summer Wind

I recently picked up Summer Wind - Live at the Loa (by the Ray Brown Trio) and thought it was fantastic...

Summer Wind

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That last post was me...

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I didn't see this listed:

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945

Great recording of the two before they became "Diz" and "Bird". Also has great sound for the era, Uptown Jazz did a great job on getting the most out of the old 12" acetate recordings!

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Hi Josh,

I must protest, even if it's a mild one. I did list this great recording in my post of Favorite Jazz Releases of 2005 and as you can read there I gave it the highest praise possible. It's a must have, no two ways about it.

But no harm in mentioning it again and if possible try to sneak in a mention of it in another thread or post just for good measure

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Just to keep this thread rolling:

Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert (ECM)
Recorded live at the Cologne Opera House in Colgne, Germany in 1975

One of my all time favorite solo piano recordings (and thanks to Stereophile for listing it in some "all time ... blah blah" list or I probably would never have bought it ).

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I'm very partial to two live jazz recordings that were among my earliest jazz LP purchases in the sixties. Over the years I've completely lost objectivity about these two since they are so evocative of my college years so maybe all I'm saying is that they are special to me.

First, Roland Kirk's "Here Comes the Whistleman." Spoken intros by the man himself, live ambience, and lots of Jackie (sic) Byard. Plus the underappreciated Major Holley on bass.

Also, Charles Lloyd's "Forest Flower (live at Monterey)." The LP has a great gatefold jacket and Lloyd's quartet has Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette.

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Hi Roy,

Glad you mentioned Jaki Byard since it's musicians like Jaki that make jazz such a wonderful art form. By that I mean Byard was one of the unsung heroes of jazz, a first class musician who was well respected within the jazz community but never achieved any recognition with the general public.

Oh sure, most people have at least heard of the major figures in jazz, names like Basie, Ellington, Armstrong, Davis, Holiday, Fitzgerald, Goodman and few others but it's the players in trenches, so to speak, who really make jazz so great. And Jaki Byard was one of the best.

Plus Jaki was always fun to see live. A great entertainer as well as a marvelous piano, Jaki could play any style of jazz like an expert, which brings me to this post's selection:

The Last from Lennie's Jaki Byard Quartet with Joe Farrell Prestige CD 11029 (2003).

Recorded in at Lennie's jazz club back in April of 1965 this is one swinging set. I will tell you right off that it does not meet the JATPS (Jazz at the Pawn Shop) standards of great sound with mediocre music but does meet the Jazzfan standard of great music with passable sound. And Jaki's playing, as always, is guaranteed to bring a smile.

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Here's one that is, as they say, completely different. I suspect no one except perhaps Kal or Jazzman is familiar with it. It's an old Pablo from 1975, a two record set - mono. Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass at Salle Pleyel. Much of the concert consisted of solo performances of standards, typical of the fine stuff each of these men had to offer, but the duets were even better. No rhythm section, just two great jazzmen. The only downside is a minor one. The applause was recorded a bit too faithfully.

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ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS "KEYSTONE 3"
1982/2003 Concord Records SACD Multichannel Hybrid

Borrowing from the back cover hype:

This hard-hitting, mightily swinging Jazz Messengers may well have been one of Art Blakey's best. Propelled by the omnipresent swing and verve of the indefatigable bandleader/drummer, young Jazz Messengers Donald Brown, Charles Fambrough, Branford MArsalis, Wynton Marsalis and Bill Pierce play with masterful technique, soulful swing and unbridled fire in this live Blakey classic. Honored with two Grammy Award nominations.

About as free "free jazz" as I can tolerate, this is the best sounding multichannel jazz disc I own in that use of the surrounds is minimal. Just enough to really add that live you are there feel. An outstanding live transfer when played at live levels. Highly recommended.

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Taking a vacation from this thread? ....
I have just read the thread and I have the notes ready for my local CD shop. Thnx for the great thread. Don't give up now.

Thank you Altair for the kind words. Based on your musical tastes I figured I'd recommend some classic live fusion jazz for you and what better fusion jazz than the grandaddy of all electric jazz - the prince of darkness himself, Miles Davis. The only hard part is which one.

During Miles' first electric period, which ran from 1969 through 1975, he recorded the following officially released CDs (plus plenty more unofficial or bootleg releases):

1969 Miles - Festiva De Juan Pins
1970 Live-Evil
1970 Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West [live]
1970 Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore
1972 In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
1974 Dark Magus
1975 Agharta
1975 Pangaea
1970 Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970: It's About That Time
1970 The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
1973 The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973-1991
Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue [DVD]

Now as far as I'm concerned they are all Choice Live Jazz Recordings, but hey, I'm a bit biased. What is remarkable about this period of Miles' career is just how much the music changes from year to year and band to band. The original 1969 electric band sounds completely different from the heavy funk of the 1975 group. While the 1973 version is somewhere in between.

So where to start? When in doubt, it's always best to start at the beginning and so since "Festiva De Juan Pins" is no longer in print, I would go with Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970: It's About That Time which, along with the Cellar Door Sessions, is something of a Holy Grail for electric Miles fans.

This recording has one killer lineup:
Chick Corea -Fender Electric Piano
Miles Davis - Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette - Drums
Airto Moreira - Percussion
Wayne Shorter - Soprano and Tenor Sax
Dave Holland - Acoustic and Electric Bass

And boy can these guys play. This was truly "electric" jazz rather than fusion, that is to say, they played as a jazz band but with electric instruments and a heavier rock beat and none of that super fast, macho soloing which came to ruin so much of later day fusion. Once you've absorbed this, try moving on to "In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall" which features a much denser, darker and funkier groove.

However, if you really want to blow your mind then by all means go straight past go and right to either 1975's "Agharta" or "Pangaea". It's no wonder that Miles went into retirement not long after these two were recorded, I would have also, just to give my brain a rest. This music is so dense and so dark and so funky that it hurts just to think about it, let alone listen to it. But when you do listen to it be sure to follow the instructions which were printed on the original LP jacket (not a direct quote) - To fully appreciate the sound of Miles Davis this record should be played at maximum volume.

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Re: Choice Live Jazz Recordings

Went searching for a copy of this based on Jazzfan's recommendation. Found a ripped FLAC version on a bittorrent site. Anyone interested in obtaining (note *not* buying) a copy send me a PM.


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Hello all

Sorry for getting this message up so late today but it was just a beautiful day outside here in the northern NJ and I was busy riding my bicycle - a hobby I happen to enjoy at least as much as jazz, music and audio. Anyway onto today's selection:

No Blues - Miles Davis - A 1990 JMY Release

Here are the details on this release:
Tracks:
1. 'Round About Midnight - 8:07
2. No Blues - 13:01
3. Mascalero - 10:41
4. I Fall In Love Too Easily - 7:54
5. Riot - 6:07
6. Walkin' - 9:10
7. Green Dolphin Street - 16:40
8. The Theme - 0:45

Personnel:
Miles Davis - trumpet
Wayne Shorter - tenor
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

Recorded in Paris, November 6, 1967

First off this is not an official release (I hope that Mr. Baird doesn't delete this message) but that doesn't stop it from being excellent on all counts. The playing is great, the sound quality is first rate and the song selection is outstanding.

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