Jazz nuts...

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  1. earnmyturns

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    First time I listened to Mary Halvorson's Code Girl (on my rather nice headphone system) I found it confusing, disconnected. This time, on my (even nicer) speaker system, I'm getting the shivers, and starting to feel that Code Girl is this decade's (century's?) Escalator Over the Hill. Not kidding, if you have listened to EOtH (I have the original vinyl and listened to it many times when it came out -- yeah, that dates me) and JCOA issues generally as much as I have, the parallels are uncanny.
     
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    I just listen to a not well known album of Chet Baker, and the perfect synergetic complicity of the three accomplice musicians make of this album an absolute must :

    Baker is at one of his peak musically and the 2 others are stellar, particularly the mighty french guitarist who was a Chet Baker Fan and an always perfect musical friend and partner for him till the end...


     
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    Thank you to everyone who has posted recommendations, I would have never found all these hidden gems otherwise.

    If you have the time, give this album a listen. It's all on youtube, but it definitely sounds better lossless if you can listen to it that way. It's quiet but dynamic.

     
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    I dont know if we could characterize that as " jazz" though Zappa is considered a jazz artist also;)...But the holographic sound of this album and the utmost creativity of Zappa at the highest peak of his artistry make of this album a unique kind of is own from an outer planet...If you dont hear the holographic sound of this music, your audio implementation system is not so good then this album is a good test for your audio system.... Happy new year to all of you!

     
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    And for the jazz aficionados in a manner of an apology for my last post; an album more jazzy and greatly recorded also :

     
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    Well, improvisation is improvisation regardless of context, so there's that. Plus Zappa operated on a very elevated level as a composer.

    A number of jazz people played on various bands fronted by Zappa, who didn't much distinguish rock vs jazz vs out there modern classical. Like many composers, he liked hearing his pieces played by groups of all sizes and instrumental composition.

    A friend of mine who had a great career playing vibes & marimba, Dave Samuels (Caribbean Jazz Project, Double Image), played on a 2-LP live record w/Zappa ("Zappa in New York" 1978). As far as I can tell, the jazz players really appreciated Zappa's composing and personal style. Playing with/for him was a lot like playing big ensemble, bleeding-edge jazz (ie, anything goes BUT Zappa knew exactly what he wanted, so players had to reconcile those things).
     
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    Easing into the new year with Chet.
     
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    Thanks for this unknown to me magnificent album of Chet I listen to now... Happy new year!

    By the way it seems there is an unlimited supply of beautiful unknown albums by Chet Baker... A tremendous artist for me...I never listen trumpet "per se" with him, I listen some inner voice of his that make music simple...
     
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    Modal jazz lives & thrives. Check out this propulsive jazz/funk tune by Chip Wickham, a very fine British flautist (the piano work by Phil Wilkinson also impresses). I first heard this tune via a composer-approved remix (also wonderful), then traced it back to this May, 2018 release.

     
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    Whirlwind Recordings are promoting their rebranded Bandcamp site with 1/2 price on 140 albums (physical and download). If you haven't heard Zhenya Strigalev and his incredible ensemble, they have all of his 4 Whirlwind albums at $5 each! (digital download). Highly recommended.
     
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    Seems like we have been exploring the wild and wooly world of free jazz of late. Here is one of THE classics:

     
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    I haven't seen a lot of Latin Jazz here...so "Now's the Time." It's "Charanga, Si, Si" by the Caribbean Jazz Project:



    A sentimental favorite because:
    • CJP had an innovative series of instrumental lineups (this is their 2nd or 3rd iteration)
    • I was in the studio when this tune and one other were recorded (hot day in NYC)
    • Priceless scene in which the bassist, John Benitez, explained his concept for a vocal section to his somewhat dubious bandmates
     
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    This was my first exposure to Clark Terry--a revelation. He never sounded like anyone else (in the least), either vocally or instrumentally.
     
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    Just started to listen to my Whirlwind Recordings sale purchases, starting with Julian Argüelles Tetra. Anyone who can't swing to this is beyond hope :)

     
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    Oh, you want to get me going on Latin jazz (well, really, mostly Afro-Cuban)? ;) Let's see, just from memory (and a bit of Roon search):

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Paseo, Faith (studio and live), Suite Caminos, Nocturne and Land of the Sun (both with Charlie Haden)
    Danilo Pérez: Providencia, Panama 500
    Chucho Valdés: Jazz Bata, Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac
    Chano Domínguez: Over the Rainbow, Chano & Colina
    Michel Camilo: What's Up, Spain Forever
    David Virelles: Mbókò
    Edward Simon: Sorrows and Triumphs

    (yes, all my favorite Afro-Cuban leaders are pianists)

    and of course the compilation Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain, produced by Bob Belden with a brilliant cast.
     
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    Yes! The story about ‘Mumbles’ is hilarious.

     
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    This Trombonist followed my Instagram...not bad

     
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    So glad I got you going! Latin Jazz is beautiful, affecting music...I can never get enough of it.

    Of the names you list, I'm unfamiliar w/one (Chano Dominquez) and that will change by end of day. I've had the good fortune to meet & hear perform live, Danilo Perez, Chucho Valdes, and Edward Simon. Each is a genius level player...and they couldn't be more different in style.

    I could add some names/recordings to the list, but for the moment, just 3:
    • Adam Cruz: The most subtle, fluid, expressive percussionist I've ever seen (3 different live dates, 2 on drums, 1 on timbales/percussion; plus recordings).
    • Tito Puente: Heard him at Birdland/NYC late in his life. Dazzling. I play his seminal timbales record, TOP PERCUSSION, at least weekly.
    • Conrad Herwig: Heard him in a Latin jazz date w/Eddie Palmieri, Claudio Roditi & Dave Samuels a couple years after his big recording, "Latin Side of John Coltrane." Amazing trombonist.
     

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