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Sidebar 2: J-10's Mini R2D4

I'm putting the LPs I spun in a sidebar because the albums are all my absolute favorite best-of-the-best, and heartily, hugely recommended to all music lovers.

Jazz-wise, you can't lose with Milt Jackson and John Coltrane's Bags & Trane (Atlantic 1368), The Modern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic 1265), and Bags Groove (OJC-245, with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke—what a lineup!). Then there's The Timekeepers/Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson (Pablo 2310-896), It Don't Mean a Thing If You Can't Tap Your Foot to It (Pablo 2310-909, with Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, and Mickey Roker), Ellington Jazz Party in Stereo (six-eye Columbia CS 8127), Ellington Indigos (six-eye Columbia CS 8053), The Intimate Ellington (Pablo 2310-787), and Miles Davis' Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Fontana 836 305-1, with Barney Wilen, René Urtreger, Pierre Michelot, and Kenny Clarke). Just incredible, all of them.

I also listened to Cassandra Wilson on New Moon Daughter (Blue Note 8 37183 1), and Dead Can Dance's sensuous Spiritchaser (4AD DAD 6008). For classical I listened to Jascha Heifetz's electrifying traversal of the Sibelius Violin Concerto (RCA LSC-2435, with the CSO), and one of my all-time faves, the Ansermet Memorial Album: his last recording with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Stravinsky's The Firebird (London FBD-S-1)—a two-record set including the rehearsal!—Jonathan Scull

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