I like the hard-bop and cool jazz styles the best.
Brubeck and Coltrane are my favorite group leaders.
My favorite Drummer is definitely Elvin Jones.
My all time favorite albums in no particular order are:
Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife by Charles Mingus
A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
Time Out by Dave Brubeck
The Dave Brubeck Quartet live At Carnegie Hall
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
Giant Steps by John Coltrane
Clifford Brown with Strings
Juju by Wayne Shorter
i love jimmy scott and louie armstrong and brubeck
The music of Charles Mingus often reminds me of witnessing all the actions within a bustling city all at once. Especially on the albums Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. I don’t want to say it’s organized chaos, but ‘busy intricate beauty,’ maybe? It’s all so god damn intense for sure though.
Hard-bop is probably my favorite style, too. You’re description of Mingus’ music makes me think of M-Base. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with that style or it’s offshoots (Dave Holland’s recent band). But you know how the locomotive informed a lot of jazz rhythms early on? Well, with M-base it’s as if the traffic jam has influenced the music. That may or may not be appealing depending on your tastes.
Is Jimmy Scott still alive? That guy is ancient. Liked the little I’ve heard from him.
I forgot to respond to you. Nucleus was one of the groups I wanted to hear, but never could find a copy of their stuff. There seemed to be some interesting jazz-rock projects from the UK in the late 60s. (There’s a musician named Joe Gallivan who lives in Maui. I’m not sure if he’s British, but he played on an album with Larry Young and Elton Dean (I think) that the Penguin guys love.)
Still alive Jazz I saw Scott last year in San Fran
By ‘busy intricate beauty,’ I think I meant I get like images of that dense intricacy within the social interaction of a city as a whole. Jazzaloha I’ll check out Dave Holland. The slow parts in Mode, D, E, F on The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady definitely remind me of a traffic jam. Especially since the parts slowly speed up like cars on the highway upon a clearing in rush hour traffic.
I think I know what you mean about the locomotive influence, but I haven’t heard of M-Base. Boogie Woogie piano playing was based off of that train sound wasn’t it?
P.S. Sorry about the same post twice earlier. It may be a subconscious need for attention acting out…LOL.
That’s great to hear. The man looks like he’s a 120. Keep on keeping on, Mr. Scott!
I’m not sure if Boogie Woogie was based on train rhythms, but it sounds like it. Too bad, I can’t think of any songs that are good examples of this.
I don’t have copy of Black Saint anymore, so I can’t listen to those tunes, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
The last Poets
new school – Jimi tenor, Yesterdays New Universe, or Yeserdays New Quintent, NSI, 4hero
Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson… just to mention a few of the greatest
You are obviously a pianist aficionado; check out McCoy Tyner’s solo material, also, another interesting musician was the pianist Lennie Tristano, who expanded on the bop concept reaching into the areas of free jazz as early as 1949. Apparently an influence of Mingus’ compositional techniques (Mingus studied with him in the early 50s). Another of my favourite pianists is Mose Allison, whose whole piano and vocal style was a big influence on British R&B merchant, Georgie Fame.
Recently saw a great program where Andre Previn interviewed Oscar Peterson. His playing is so elegant, and their discussion of various styles and artists was very compelling.
Have you heard Ahmad Jamal’s more recent stuff? I just listened to snippets, and I was really impressed. I never heard of Weldon Irvine, O’donel Levy, or Joao Donato.
I never really got into Peterson for some reason.
A couple of guys that I really like: John Hicks. The guy had a golden touch and a gift for melody at high speeds. (I think he recently passed away.)
Of the “young” musicians, I really like Brad Mehldau. The guy has a great left hand. I love it when goes on these wild “two-handed” solos.
Sonny Sharrock is the greatest guitarist ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was great. He doesn’t make me forget Pete Cosey or James Blood Ulmer, but he was great, nonetheless.
anyone read Pops the new Armstrong bio?
Faith in Time by David Ritz also worth a look
What albums by Sharrock would you guys recommend? I like the group Last Exit, and Sharrock’s playing is OK. Actually, musicians like Sharrock, Cosey and Ulmer never went far enough to me. By that I mean, I wanted them to take the use of feedback pioneered and perfected by Hendrix into a jazz/free vein.
Have you guys heard Japanese guitarists like Keiji Haino and Makoto Kawabata? That’s the sound and style of playing I wanted to hear from Sharrock, et. al.
Haven’t read the Armstrong bio. What’s Faith in Time about?
I want to get a hold of the book of Pat Metheny interviews. In addition to being one of my favorite musicians, Metheny is one of the most articulate and thoughtful jazz musicians out there. Plus, he really interested in originality and innovation and he says some of the more interesting things on those topics, particuarly with regard to what’s happening in jazz now.
Faith in time is about the career of Jimmy scott
@ Jazzaloha- Well, Ask The Ages absolutely moves in the vein of free-jazz. Sharrock and Pharoah Sanders are tremendous together. While not the Hendrix-inspired trip you might prefer, he was so far ahead of insipid rock guys who were trying on fusion for size. Seize The Rainbow is more of a straight-ahead rock deal. Less focus on texture and intricacies. The playing is still brilliant. Guitar is all solo. Deep and mesmerizing.
Unfortunately, Cosey didn’t flourish after Miles. A great session player. Not a leader. Too bad. He’s a monster on those Miles records. Have you heard Dark Magus? That was a tune-up for Agartha/Pangea. Cosey is so freak on that collection. Guitar and electronics. They must have have destroyed Carnegie Hall during that stand.
Have you listened to Caspar Brotzmann? He hasn’t recorded anything in several years. Grew tired of performing and of the bs of the business. Look into his recordings. You might find what you’re after. He was, and likely still is, a giant. Insane, jaw-dropping ability.
Oh, I’ve listened to Ask the Ages, and I think I once had Guitar. (Not sure if I’ve heard Seize the Rainbow, but I might have.) It’s not that I dislike Sharrock’s playing—just that I was looking for something else; I guess, I was puzzled as to why very few American guitarists didn’t take Hendrix in a free-jazz direction. (Sharrock has a “plinky-plunky” sound as opposed to the demonic feeback.) (Cosey definitely did on those albums with Miles. I like Agartha/Pangaea. Dark Magus is alright, too, but that one seems less coherrent, a little to rambling, perhaps.)
I haven’t listened to Caspar Brotzmann, but I’ve heard the name. Who has he played with?
His dad is Peter Brotzmann. You’ve probably heard or heard of his Machine Gun, considered one of the essential free-jazz recordings. He’s also played with Last Exit. Worked with Laswell. If you can track it down, his band Die Like A Dog was formed to further explore the musical ideas of Albert Ayler. The man has a resume. Son Caspar has pretty much done his own thing since the beginning with his band Massaker. He released a disc with F. M. Einheit from Einsturzende Neubauten. It’s industrial clamor, not much more. He’s one of those recalcitrant types. He does what he does and damn everything else.
Check out ‘Jef Neve’.
I was wondering if Caspar was related to Peter. I like Machine Gun (which, to me, is a precursor to Noise). I’ve also heard cuts from Die Like a Dog (with Toshinori Kondo, William Parker and I can’t remember the drummer), and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard from that group.
I’ll be on the lookout for Caspar’s stuff. The “industrial clamor” remark appeals to me. :)
How about some information?
Listening to some John Zorn right now.
Thought I’d mention, while in the neighborhood.
Youtube clip of Die Like a Dog Quartet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLEyKsK770I&feature=related
nope, i haven’t heard ahmad’s mew material… i get almost all of my jazz from my library. you can take out 50 cd’s at a time. one must utilize their tax dollars for something. sayin’!
i will purchase sun ra’s heliocentrics vol 1&2 very soon.
I’ve heard great stuff from the library, so I think it’s a great place to listen to music.
On another note, did you all see the NPR article on a newly found recording of the 1959 Newport concert? Check out it: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122007665&ps=bb4
There’s a website called Wolfgang’s that allows you to listen to and download a bunch of stuff, too. It looks pretty cool.
Jazz Casual Volume 1
Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Vince Guaraldi, Joe Maneri
yes! this is awesome! great recommendations!
i spend most of my money on jazz records…had to cancel my ebay account, but did build a great columbia, atlantic, new jazz, prestige, impulse, and blue note collection….and ANYTHING chet baker…
Joe Maneri? Are you sure that’s right. Unless it’s a different Joe Maneri from the one I know, he’d be an “oddball” in that group.
What are some of the better recent purchases?