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Old 07-21-2011, 04:45 AM   #46
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Just for fun, Iron Yuppie's ten best jazz albums:

1. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue. The choice may seem cliched, but after hearing over three-hundred jazz albums, this one still stands atop the pedestal in terms of musicianship, mood, and vision.

2. John Coltrane: Blue Train. Although Coltrane is better known and appreciated for his more avant-garde recordings, this Blue Note album features a plethora of infectious melodies and some of the most accessible soloing 'Trane ever committed to record.

3. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. Mingus Ah Um is the conventional choice for old Charles, but Black Saint is arguably the most cohesive and artistically-adventurous statement in jazz history. Mingus employs an eleven-piece band in order to explore the recesses of his psyche, and the results are challenging but highly rewarding.

4. Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles. A simultaneously catchy and abstruse album, Isles takes many of the lessons of Miles's "Second Great Quintet," of which Herbie was a member, and places a unique stamp on them.

5. Miles Davis: Nefertiti. This is the moment when arguably the most talented jazz band ever assembled, Miles's Second Great Quintet, reached its apex. The volume and tempo are dialed back a bit, but the shifts in mood and the interplay between the rhythm and lead sections are nothing short of astounding.

6. Roland Kirk: The Inflated Tear. This album is brimming with personality. Melodic and soothing in places, it is also eccentric and frenetic in others. Kirk is a master of his instrument.

7. Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1: Monk was always unique, and, despite the many precedents and standard tunes that this album established, no other artist has ever replicated Monk's off-kilter, angular playing and compositional style.

8. Wayne Shorter: Juju. Like Empyrean Isles, this album and its main artist are cut from the cloth of Miles's Second Quintet. Here, Wayne simply presents a cohesive set of impeccably written and performed songs.

9. Andrew Hill: Black Fire. Hill is often overlooked in discussions of jazz greats, but he was one of the most individualistic and gifted composers of his generation. His later work with Blue Note favored mellow, arty arrangements, but Black Fire turns up the tempo and lets its players really cut loose.

10. McCoy Tyner: The Real McCoy. Tyner is perhaps best known as John Coltrane's pianist, but on this, one of his first efforts as a bandleader, he allows his piano to step to the front of the arrangements. Like Shorter's Juju, the compositions are stunning throughout.

Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth is a recent acquisition of mine that I suspect will creep onto this list at some point.

this is the kind of post i was looking for.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:23 AM   #47
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I love that main bit that Shorter plays on Deluge (I don't know what to call it)
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:41 PM   #48
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That sax riff in Deluge is awesome. Shorter had a great ear for melody.

LM, I have not heard of that Orchestra album, but I will be sure to find it. Anything with McLaughlin is bound to be great.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:33 PM   #49
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LM, I have not heard of that Orchestra album, but I will be sure to find it. Anything with McLaughlin is bound to be great.
The acclaim for it is ridiculous and I'm surprised I waited so long: AllMusic gave it a 5, Christgau gave it an A, and rateyourmusic has it in the top 500 albums ever.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:53 AM   #50
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Money Jungle is an exceptional album. Ellington, Mingus, Roach: no bullshit. Great compositions, great performances. The first side is basically perfect, but Solitude nearly tops anything on it.
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Money Jungle is fantastic. Glad you enjoyed it.
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I think Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus is one of my favourite album titles ever.
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Old 10-02-2011, 03:48 AM   #53
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Pharoah Sanders' Karma has to be one of the strangest, sloppiest, most passionate and invigorating records ever. It has such a beautiful, natural flow to it...the main (30+ minute) track's chord progression moves with such ease and swagger that you barely notice it change, yet the performance itself is very soulful and alive. My favorite part is the way that the much-touted avant-garde elements are integrated: as a means of catharsis. I'm not big on free-form jazz as a rule, but when that approach is utilized for out of control crescendos, I'm all about it. The weird part is, in spite of its repetition, in spite of the yodeling, this orgy of love, sleigh bells and spiritual enlightenment is essentially perfect, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in jazz to any degree. Really, it's a very fulfilling experience just to hear such a warm and inviting record, one that still manages to challenge.
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More than any other album that I have heard, Karma embodies the term "cosmic." Thembi is excellent as well.

Miles (or, more appropriately, Miles's estate) just came out with a four-disc live collection from his Second Quintet, my favorite jazz band. The sound quality is astounding.
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I thought it worth noting that Sam Rivers has passed away. He played briefly with Miles, but was a talented bandleader and saxophonist in his own right, responsible for such excellent albums as Dimensions & Extensions.
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I should also mention that the girl I am currently in love with mentioned the album L'ascenseur pour l'échafaud the other day. And she speaks French too.

It took every single ounce of self control I had not to get on my knees and propose to her in a blubbering mess on the spot.
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I should also mention that the girl I am currently in love with mentioned the album L'ascenseur pour l'échafaud the other day. And she speaks French too.
Nice! Talk about an obscure reference. Now I need to go listen to Generique.
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Sounds like my kind of girl.

Once I'm done tarnishing the reps of your fellow Perthians visiting here, I'm going to show up in person to conquer the rest of your women, Cobbler.
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She's my age mate, even I have a better shot with her
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