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bucky1960
Jun 19 2013
at 10:52 AM
For all of the jazz giants of the past and present, Dizzy, Ella, Miles, Chet... what is the album from that artist that a person should have in their collection. I know there will be personal opinions thrown out here but let’s give this a go. Name the performer and the album and the reason why you feel this is the album to have.
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franksexton
Oct 11 2013
at 1:39 PM
Bookmark and Share for Weather Report I gotta’ go with Mysterious Traveler
shockandwoe
Oct 09 2013
at 10:49 PM
Bookmark and Share Today, it really is Heavy Weather from Weather Report! Even Pat would have a hard time topping that.
mountain
Oct 09 2013
at 12:12 PM
Bookmark and Share Well, my choice changes every second I breathe. In this moment, it is Pat Metheny’s "Bright Size Life."
naut
Sep 19 2013
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Bookmark and Share You got that right, BobSmith. That’s her masterpiece. She released it when she was 33, kind of a mystical year. The writing is so dense, evocative, flawless. It really is a perfect album. "Refuge of the Roads" is one of my favorite compositions of hers, and is a stunning way to end the record. And you couldn’t see a city On that marbled bowling ball Or a forest or a highway Or me here least of all You couldn’t see these cold water restrooms Or this baggage overload Westbound and rolling taking refuge in the roads Amazing....
BobSmith
Sep 19 2013
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Bookmark and Share Joni Mitchell-"Hejira". Joni was at the peak of her writing powers on this record. Jaco’s contribution...what can you say? He was heaven sent to create something so new and mind blowing in combination with her unusual acoustic guitar tunings and super-musical compositions. This record sounds to me now every bit as fresh and groundbreaking and hip as it has since I first heard it in the mid-70’s.
JamesInNC
Sep 18 2013
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Bookmark and Share The shuffle on my music app loves PM...its like nothing else matters.
jk
Sep 14 2013
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Bookmark and Share Dave Brubeck - last set at newport. play it the first day in spring when you first really need to throw all the windows open and play in loud. very hard to pick a best pat - but get the white album for the pure joy, positive energy and possibilities it portrays. wes - smokin joni - court mozarts 40th - many good versions jack bruce - songs for a tailor spirit - 12 dreams daniel lanois - beauty of wynona zappa - the best band you’ve never heard before beatles - white album Mel Brooks Greatest Hits (soundtrack tunes) kinda blue
franksexton
Sep 13 2013
at 9:39 AM
Bookmark and Share naut, I’m on record here in the "there is no one record" camp so take my comment in that light. I love "Kind of Blue" esp. "So What". This album always gets mention as one of the greatest jazz recordings ever. However, even if you list "the greatest 500 albums in jazz history" you are going to have albums that you will miss getting in the list.
naut
Sep 12 2013
at 8:40 PM
Bookmark and Share All those are good, frank, for sure. I was just going with a seminal album. One could also suggest 4 + More, Blue Train, Wes’ Smokin’, a number of Bill Evans records, Whisper Not, and scores beside. Folks here have suggested a lot of good ones. I guess trying to narrow it down to one is foolish and impossible. It was only my intention to suggest an album that anyone should hear, especially a newb. Cheers.
franksexton
Sep 10 2013
at 1:39 PM
Bookmark and Share "naut" on Aug 28 2013 01:15AM wrote "...what seminal CD/album would you suggest that person get for their collection." I would suggest Kind of Blue for a newbie. I mean, you gotta hear that one, right? Not "Bright Sized Life" or "Witchi-Tai-To" from Jan Gararek-Bobo Stenson Quartet or "Birds of Fire" ?
JamesInNC
Sep 05 2013
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Bookmark and Share Gotta be and must be "Travels" just for the cut, "Are You Going With Me."
SEABOB
Sep 05 2013
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Bookmark and Share Listening to it know the Captain and Me by the Doobie Brothers. Came out in 73 and still sounds fresh and new.
Kooltrane
Aug 31 2013
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Bookmark and Share Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil sublime.
bxl12378
Aug 29 2013
at 6:35 AM
Bookmark and Share Indeed.Kind of blue.Best ever.Changed everything about jazz.Pure history.
naut
Aug 28 2013
at 1:15 AM
Bookmark and Share "...what seminal CD/album would you suggest that person get for their collection." I would suggest Kind of Blue for a newbie. I mean, you gotta hear that one, right?
yossarian
Aug 27 2013
at 5:52 PM
Bookmark and Share I read this as a classic jazz album post... I see the Dan here, Weather Report, Pat etc... but I still think Kind of Blue is the one must have ’jazz’ album. It’s the essence of jazz with a freshness that could only come from groundbreaking material in 1959 when stuff was still new. It’s not the same as asking what album do I most enjoy... that would be The Way Up ( or is it Still Life Talking, or Aja, or Shadows and Light, or Letter from Home, or Speaking of Now or Secret Story?)
SEABOB
Aug 27 2013
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Bookmark and Share SECRET STORY :)
bucky1960
Aug 23 2013
at 10:02 AM
Bookmark and Share Thanks to everyone who has responded to this question so far. Like most, I have numerous CD’s/albums of alot of the jazz greats and IT IS hard to name just one album. I’ve got tons of Chet Baker, Miles, Dizzy, Ella, Bob James and Weather Report just to name a few. This being said, maybe I should refine the question. For those just getting into jazz, if they have limited funds to buy music, what seminal CD/album would you suggest that person get for their collection. Hope this spurs more discussion. Thanks again for the responses. PEACE OUT!
mountain
Aug 22 2013
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Bookmark and Share Just one? Really? Good grief. I think I have to take the 5th. I do enjoy hearing what others here offer though.
flatus
Aug 22 2013
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Bookmark and Share June Tabor,Huw Warren,Iain Ballamy- "Quercus" -ECM
naut
Aug 20 2013
at 9:52 PM
Bookmark and Share I don’t think this really addresses the topic directly, but "Shadows and Light" is a good ’un. It’s not the best from any of the players, but it’s got Joni, Pat, Jaco, Lyle, Michael, & Don, and you can’t go wrong with that line-up.
bxl12378
Aug 17 2013
at 2:47 PM
Bookmark and Share Dizzy Gillespie at the French Rivièra.Everyone reading this and who has never heard it should.This album was the reason I bought a Hard disk at the time allowing me to copy LP’s on CD.500$ back in ’95 or something but worth every penny! I save the album in my vault now, just to say...along with a Jimmy Hendrix/Litlle Richard album called Friends from the beginning.
patsfan
Aug 17 2013
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Bookmark and Share Definitely the complete Metheny boxed set , but try Mark Johnson’s Bass Desires ( with Scofield and Frisell )
hman01
Aug 16 2013
at 1:39 PM
Bookmark and Share Barry Miles-"Fusion Is"
jhubbard
Aug 15 2013
at 8:05 PM
Bookmark and Share Maybe I’m misreading the original question, but I thought the subject referred to just "jazz" artists and albums. Seeing lots of pop/rock here. I love that stuff, too, but the original question is difficult enough to answer! My response: Parker’s Complete Savoy and Dial Masters. If you ask me to justify that choice, you obviously haven’t heard that music.
MarcNebo
Jul 10 2013
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Bookmark and Share The Complete Pat Metheny Box Set, when it is released.
bluepno
Jun 28 2013
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Bookmark and Share nice jwmusic...i agree with every one...i could argue every one.
yossarian
Jun 28 2013
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Bookmark and Share @jwmusic - your choices are non- controversial except one: Song X for Pat. Now that’s a fine album but a very personal choice! I’d be happy with all your other ones. For me the Pat album if I’m allowed only one is The Way Up becuase it has a richness and density that you never tire of.
jwmusic
Jun 27 2013
at 5:16 PM
Bookmark and Share Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue Keith Jarrett - Standards Vol. II (if cheating allowed Vol. I as well) Weather Report - Heavy Weather(choosing 1 Weather Report is extremely hard) Pat Metheny - Song XX (choosing 1 Metheny album is also extremely difficult) Steely Dan - Aja (if cheating allowed, also Gaucho) Wayne Shorter - Native Dancer Joni Mitchell- The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (if cheating, also Hejira and Mingus) Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (choosing 1 Stevie album is very hard) Donald Fagen - The Nightfly Paul Simon - Graceland (choosing 1 Paul Simon album is is difficult) James Taylor - Gorilla (JT also, if allowed to cheat)
bucky1960
Jun 27 2013
at 11:22 AM
Bookmark and Share Thanks to all the people who have responded to this so far. I know it is difficult to pick just one album from a particular artist. I guess this question was sort of like the one from awhile back regarding albums one would want if they were stranded on an island. Sometimes, when talking with friends, we ask each other the question if a someone had a gun to your head, would you pick A or B and why. I guess that is why I posed the question the way I did. For me regarding PM discs I’d have to put Travels up on top. Another disc would be Chet Baker’s Last Great Concert double set. This, as many of you may know, was a live recording of a concert just before Chet was killed/died. The horn playing is still crisp while his voice, while faint and weak, is haunting and deeply moving. Great set of discs. Thanks again to the responders. Hope this was not too rambling. Keep on commenting. PEACE OUT.
tiny_tim
Jun 27 2013
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Bookmark and Share bluepno, am with you there!
HAMBONE
Jun 26 2013
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Bookmark and Share No way I could pick just one, too many great ones to choose from and too close to call. But if I had my life on the line, I’d go with PMG Travels live. It’s one of the few I can listen to every day and never get tired of it.
bhal
Jun 26 2013
at 12:03 PM
Bookmark and Share Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin’
bluepno
Jun 26 2013
at 10:17 AM
Bookmark and Share It has the giant sound palette...Cambodian voice choirs...Gil Goldstein...the arrangements...Live playing dvd performance...and the final 3 cuts.Then the surprise extra cuts.
bluepno
Jun 26 2013
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Bookmark and Share Secret Story is the Magnum Opus for me...
franksexton
Jun 26 2013
at 8:38 AM
Bookmark and Share I misunderstood the question, it is the one must have album for each of the jazz greats. Not that you could even do that. Just for Pat what would your choice be (Unity Band,Imaginary World,Serect Story,Trio Live,Day Trip,Metheny Mehldau) ? Wayne Shorter (Juju, Footprints Live) ? Coltrane (A Love Supreme,My Favorite Things,Ascension,Giant Steps,Live in Japan) Bill Frisell (Nashville, Good Dog - Happy Man,East/West) ?
sunship
Jun 25 2013
at 4:15 PM
Bookmark and Share Kind of ridiculous to limit it to one, but if you dont have Keith Jarrett’s "Koln Concert" then your life is missing something really special.
blisterfree
Jun 23 2013
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Bookmark and Share Frank Gambale: The Great Explorers. Jazz fusion with a healthy, and more importantly, tasteful dose of rock-god shred, all wrapped up in tight, memorable songwriting. Certainly a high point in the career of an artist whose output is often easily dismissed by one camp or another.
fredsimon
Jun 23 2013
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Bookmark and Share The Band - The Band ... their masterpiece, IMNSHO.
Gyuri
Jun 23 2013
at 12:32 PM
Bookmark and Share The Brecker Brothers: "Out Of The Loop" - no-nonsense, undiluted top-class jazz funk. John Scofield: "Quiet" - very subtle, refined, melodious "quiet" jazz featuring Wayne Shorter, and even Randy Brecker
mario toni
Jun 23 2013
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Bookmark and Share Paul Mccandless "Hearsay" Paul Mccandless "Premonition" Lyle Mays "Lyle Mays" Pat Metheny Group "White Album" Nuff said!
foxesfred
Jun 22 2013
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Bookmark and Share A Love Supreme-Trane .
bluepno
Jun 21 2013
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Bookmark and Share Light As A Feather?Crystal Silence/Return To Forever. These 3 changed everything.
bluepno
Jun 21 2013
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Bookmark and Share Blues and The Abstract truth...Oliver Nelson.
hman01
Jun 20 2013
at 9:44 PM
Bookmark and Share "Kooltrane"-no justification needed.A lot of great tunes on that one.My favorite- "The Juggler".
SEABOB
Jun 20 2013
at 5:12 PM
Bookmark and Share Miles Davis- Kind of Blue Ground breaking album in so.... Many ways. The telepathy among band members was incredible never tire of listening a desert isle must:)
thehague
Jun 20 2013
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Bookmark and Share Steely Dan - Aja, Joni Mitchell - Court & Spark, Yes - Fragile, Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, Miles Davis - Kind of Blue / Ascenseur Pour l’Echafaud, Todd Rundgren - Utopia, Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up, Beatles - Revolver, James Taylor - Fire & Rain, Mahler - Symphony No.9, Arvo Part - Fratres, Gorecki - Symphony No.3 . , Blue Nile - Hats, Yellowjackets - Greenhouse. Reasons in short: they were so innovative at the time, they are landmarks in my life, they are still shockingly beautiful and valid, I can’t imagine my life without having heard them.
john
Jun 20 2013
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Bookmark and Share MO - Inner Mounting Flame.
bucky1960
Jun 20 2013
at 1:46 PM
Bookmark and Share Kooltrane, have to agree with you on this album. The music speaks for itself. No explanation needed.
franksexton
Jun 20 2013
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Bookmark and Share there is no one must-have album, sorry.
Kooltrane
Jun 20 2013
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Bookmark and Share Weather Report: Heavy Weather Zawinul, Shorter, Pastorius; do I really have to justify this?
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