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Some Jazz recommendations Please.

Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by pwiles1968, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. pwiles1968

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    My Jazz collection is quite limited and I wanted to expand but need some direction :confused: . I currently have a couple of dubious Mix Albums but want single artists with some album consistency, What I do Have is Norah Jones and Miles Davis King of Blue Both of which I love so am after albums in this kind of veign, relaxing stuff well recorded. I’m not too interested in big band or orchestras. I Have been looking at something along the lines of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday but do not know which albums to go for are there any good best of around? So recommendations Please, does not matter if they are out of print I use a very good second-hand CD site in the States but collectors stuff will probably be too expensive.

    Thank you for your attention and any help.:smashin:
     
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    Depends on what you like....if you like guitar....Pat Metheny
    Piano....Keith Jarrett
    Sax....Wayne Shorter
    Also...look at Miles Davis...even if you don't like his sound,the list of artists who went on from his band to become jazz giants in their own right is amazing....the list of great jazz artists is huge...what I've mentioned is just a few I'm especially fond of.
     
  3. pwiles1968

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    As I said I already have Miles Davis Kind of Blue which I love, and The Best of Capitol/Blue note years which I am not so fond of. I am after Particular Album Recommendations Particularly some female vocal.
     
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    I do not know if it is in your vain of Jazz but I like Grover Washington Jt he plays the saxophone.
    Some samples of his music here

    The Winelight album is one of his best.

    Common is well up on jazz and will give you some good recommendations.
     
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    Hi,

    I'd recommend the following:

    Chilled

    Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin
    Miles Davis - Porgy and Bess
    Bill Evans - Waltz for Debbie
    Diana Krall - All For You

    Not so Chilled

    Charles Mingus - Blues and Roots
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

    Very loud indeed

    John Zorn - Naked City

    Regards,

    Jules.
     
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    If it's "relaxing stuff well recorded" you're after then
    anything by Diana Krall will do.
    She certainly knows how to put a song over (even the cover
    versions sound as if they were written for her to sing).
    Get her Look of Love cd (or SACD if you can play them)
    to see what I mean.
    If you want to see her in action then get her Live in Paris dvd.
    This, by the way, has an excellent dts soundtrack.
    Enjoy.
     
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    Just ordered the following from www.secondspin.com

    Washington Jr, Grover. Winelight
    Mclachlan, Sarah. Surfacing
    Krall, Diana. Look Of Love
    Holiday, Billie. Lady In Satin [Remaster]
    Protosynthesis. Jazz Classics Classic Jazz

    Not bad for less than 36 dollars inc postage (about £23), the Protosynthesis was only 1 dollar and I do like to get the most out of my customs allowance.:)

    Have to wait a couple of weeks now for delivery.:boring:
     
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    beat place for buying Jazz on the net I've found is http://www.jazzcd.co.uk/ IF you know what you're after in advance.

    some of My Faves:
    Cannonball Adderly - Bossa Nova
    Chet Baker - Picture of health (with Art Pepper)
    George Benson - 20-20
    Brecker Bros - out of the loop
    Dave Brubeck - Time Out (got this on SACD)
    Miles Davis - Milestones, Sketches of Spain
    John Coltrane - Standards
    Stan Getz - Big Band Bossa Nova
    Herbie Hankcock - Cantaloupe Island
    Wynton Marsalis - Standard Time 1
    Charles Mingus - Changes One
    Thelonious Monk - Straight no chaser
    Maceo Parker - Made by Maceo
    Courtney Pine - Closer to home
    Django Reinhardt - Souvenirs
    Sonny Rollins - Best of
    David Sanborn - as we speak

    AND the dvd of Ken Burns' Jazz
     
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    If you wanted to try something a little different, how about Guru's Jazzmatazz albums? Maybe not quite your usual thing so have a read here and see if you think it might be worth a listen :)

    There are several respected jazz musicians on the albums and the production is superb.
     
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    I would have a look at second spin I just priced up my albums If I bought them from ZazzCD and got to £32 for 3 could not find the other 2, I paid about £23 for 5 albums inc postage, yes they are second hand and don’t have the jewl Cases, they do have the inserts and they are guaranteed.

    I will keep an eye out for some of your recommendations and the others that have been posted thanks very much, Oh any chance of a brief categorization with recommendations chill out etc?
     
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    The larger HMV stores with a jazz department have practically permanent sales with some choice titles.

    Ace have just reissued the majority of their back catalogue in digipak format with 24 bit remastered sound (superb!). These have turned up at £5.99 in larger HMV stores.

    First three I replaced with these new editions were:

    Art Pepper "Winter Moon" (worth the price admission for the beautiful "Our Song". Guaranteed undie removing jazz!) :devil:

    "The Tony Bennet/Bill Evans Album" (sparse and melancholy - lovely!)

    Bill Evans "Waltz for Debbie" (Classic).

    Verve have quite a few superbly remastered titles (they're the ones in cardboard digipaks) in HMV's current Jazz Sale. Biggest surprise for me was "What The World Needs Now - Stan Getz Plays Bacharach and David" - a gem that I've been after for ages on CD.

    Another Verve I heard playing in the store and bought on impulse and haven't stopped playing was "Very Tall" By Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson.

    If you like the ultra chilled sound of Brazilian Jazz, there's always a wodge of titles by Antonio Carlos Jobim including a terrific sounding remaster of "Stoneflower" and "The Composer of Desafinado Plays..." And always knocking around dirt cheap in HMV is the Sinatra late night listening classic "Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim", one of the most chilled out albums ever made.

    You mentioned Ella Fitzgerald; the must haves are the "Songbooks" where she takes the best of one classic American songwriter per album. Again go for the superb remasters in the cardboard digipaks with (bonus cuts) and avoid the earlier ones in standard jewel cases. Some of these are doubles and triples and can be quite expensive, although I've noticed a lot of the doubles are on Amazon UK at about £15.99 (roughly half previous price). Don't know if these are now at this price or just an Amazon offer.

    Hope this is of some help.
     
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    Fourplay (Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Nathan East) have made some excellent jazz in the past few years.

    Check out the track called 'Chant'. :smoke:
     
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    pwiles

    Just getting into the smokey Jazz female vocalists myself so this thread is a little goldmine.

    As others have noted, you can't go far wrong with Diana Krall (I've purchased Look of Love CD and Live in Paris DVDs and am not disappointed.)

    Also, took a chance on an amazon tailored recomendation and discovered Particia Barber (Nightclub). Fine vocals and amazing musicians, very well recorded.

    Peter
     
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    Still waiting for my stuff from the States (tic toc tic toc) but managed to pick up Miles Davis Porgy & Bess for £5 on Saturday, the first few seconds take you back a bit but smooth sailing from then on.
     

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