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    Some interesting selections here, some familiar and some I've not heard of. Definitely a lot of Tal love here. Interesting that nobody chose "The Trio" with wunderkind Billy Bean on guitar. I would have thought at least one of the Tal drummerless trio fans might have preferred that one, taste being subjective and all. Also surprised that nobody mentioned "Blue Trane" or "The Bridge" - especially the latter given it features a particularly intense-sounding Jim Hall or any Grant Green (Number 1 Green Street!).

    Anyways, I'm sticking with my choice of Everybody Digs Bill Evans...if you haven't listened to that one recently, go listen to its version of Night & Day. For years I thought that was Paul Motion on drums but turns out it's Philly Joe, sounding especially awesome.

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    Sonny Rollins - The Bridge with Jim Hall

    Sonny Rollins - "The Bridge" - JAZZIZ Magazine

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    Of course , maybe a South Sea island, etc etc, maybe it'd be worth it just once to hear this in that setting:

    The Modern Jazz Quartet With Laurindo Almeida - Collaboration (1964, Monarch Pressing, Vinyl) | Discogs

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    If I had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of my life, it wouldn't matter which one it was since I'd eventually end up hating it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal
    That's a compilation album and they clearly don't count. Why? Because I said so!

    (but yea that is a solid one as it relates to representing Tal at his best in the 50s).
    Yes, we must force Stan to delete that...

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    "Also surprised that nobody mentioned "Blue Trane"

    that's the first one that popped into my head...I was just listening to it in the car cd player [yeah, my car is old]
    but that was yesterday and this is today....

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    yeah Costa is sadly largely forgotten today, those double handed chord solos are something, good vibes player too
    a huge output back in the day, tragically cut short @ 31 in a car accident

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    I would have to say, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Countdown: Time In Outer Space. That album made me a jazz fan in the early ‘80s. It was the first album I listened to in my Dad’s collection, after which I started pestering him and exploring other stuff he had. Thanks, Dad!


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    Hehe, I can just feel the peeps here trying not to nominate KOB for fear of being too unimaginative, unoriginal, predictable etc...

    But it's OK, it's still, and always will be, Jazz's major miracle. After a broad stretch of daylight, we can file underneath it all the great albums we'd consider to be the minor miracles, maybe starting with Saxophone Collussus...

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    Probably Joe Pass 'Intercontinental'.

    joe pass intercontinental - YouTube

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    At this moment, I am inclined to go wither with Lee Morgan's Sidewinder or Herbie Hancock's Takin' Off...simply because I love Miles so much that I just can't chose one.

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    I would have to go with an album I bought in in 1980 - Sarah Vaughan with Barney Kessel and Joe Comfort. The version I have is probably a cheap-ish Reactivation label vinyl re-release of this 1962 session but it introduced me to the sort of guitar playing I really enjoy, accompanying a good jazz singer. I got the chance to do this pretty regularly over the years and I still do, and still call upon Barney's techniques and sounds for inspiration. (Around the same time I bought the new to the scene 'Pat Metheny Group' and 'The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow. I still have them, still play them and still enjoy them).

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    Two: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Chet Baker: Live in Tokyo. Good playing . . Marinero






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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishmuso
    I would have to go with an album I bought in in 1980 - Sarah Vaughan with Barney Kessel and Joe Comfort. The version I have is probably a cheap-ish Reactivation label vinyl re-release of this 1962 session but it introduced me to the sort of guitar playing I really enjoy, accompanying a good jazz singer. I got the chance to do this pretty regularly over the years and I still do, and still call upon Barney's techniques and sounds for inspiration. (Around the same time I bought the new to the scene 'Pat Metheny Group' and 'The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow. I still have them, still play them and still enjoy them).
    The Sarah Vaughan album is "Sarah + 2". It's very good and one of my mellow favorites, especially "All I Do Is Dream of You" when they double the tempo part way through. That's one of my go-to tunes when I'm trying to get someone hooked on jazz. If you like that album then definitely check out her earlier album "After Hours" (the 1961 album, not the later one with a big band) which is also a trio affair with Mundell Lowe and George Duvivier - it's even mellower but just as good if not better.

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    Art Tatum Group Masterpieces with Ben Webster.

    Love Tatum in general, and that one is just perfect.

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    Ben Allison - Buzz

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    There are so many really wonderful jazz albums, how the heck do you pick one to be your favorite?

    I am trying not to nominate a Kind of Blue, as already mentioned above. While it was a major miracle of jazz music, that year (1959) had a number of major miracle albums: Kind of Blue, Time Out, The Shape of Jazz to Come, Giant Steps and Mingus Ah Um. What a watershed year in jazz!

    If I was forced to pick a favorite? If I could mush together the Jim Hall Live! and Jim Hall Live Vols 2-4 then I'd go for that. But The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow is right up there.

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    Breezin - George Benson.

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    Two for the Road by Herb Ellis and Joe Pass
    Your number 1 favorite jazz album-two-road-jpg

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    Midnight Blue, Kenny Burrell with Stanley Turrentine

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    The album I turn to the most often is Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings. The interplay is amazing and there are always new inspirational finds every listening. What a trio!

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    Undercurrent

    Bill Evans and Jim Hall

    Best album and best album cover . . .


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    A second nomination as I've been listening to it a lot lately.

    As a perspiring solo guitar wannabe wirh little to no talent, I try to isolate small riffs that I think I can steal, and Bill Evans is always my go-to.

    I'm adding Bill Evans Solo Sessions I-II. You can catch it on YouTube. Amazing intertwining lines. Hard for me to copy bits. I think I started guitar 50 years too late.

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    My Favorite Things (1961) because it features my favorite band, and my favorite song.

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    Ooh, all time is Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas, but maybe Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2.

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    Paul Desmond and Jim Hall, Glad to Be Unhappy.

    Another I love: Festa by Viva Brasil.

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    Some of my favorites have already been mentioned (Kind of Blue, Charlie Christian with Benny Goodman etc...)
    Why not Ellington at Newport ? (great Paul Gonsalves !)

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    Porgy and Bess , Miles and Gill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betz
    Undercurrent

    Bill Evans and Jim Hall

    Best album and best album cover . . .

    Your number 1 favorite jazz album-edbd0efc-0549-48aa-a708-3383ec53993a-jpg

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    Setting aside "Kind of Blue," (in the same spirit that there's two kinds of food: Chocolate and everything else. Or two kinds of music: Beatles and all other music...)

    So, I'll go with: "Standards" by Bereli Lagrene. (Followed closely by David Grisman Quintet eponymous debut, and Stephane Grappelli "At the Winery" feature Martin Taylor.)

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    Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

    Both the Köln Concert and Concert by the Sea could have been contenders, if only they had featured better pianos.

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    Sonny Rollins, The Bridge
    Cannonball Adderly, Somethin' Else

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    Kind of Blue. It has it all. Conceived in 1958 recorded in 1959. It’s brought millions to discover jazz. But most importantly the album is Timeless. It may well have been recorded today. The timelessness of the album makes it the greatest album ever recorded. And to think, that was achieved in 1959. 60 years, and still going strong. Unreal.

    My Favorite Things would be my second. It too has been listened to and purchased by millions. It to has staying power.

    Last edited by 2bornot2bop; 08-22-2020 at 06:48 PM.

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    I'm defecting. Live at the Village Vanguard is probably the album that I have listened to more than any other. I should pick it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolvinny
    You have to choose one. If you choose two, eventually somebody will choose three... and on it will go. One album, you have to choose...it's the only one you can listen to the rest of your life...what is it?
    Fair point. OK. It'll have to be Kind Of Blue.

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    "Meet the Jazztet" seems to get better the more I listen to it, and I've been listening to it for about 30 years.

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    Picking only one is far too limiting, but if it’s only one it’s Kind Of Blue, of course!

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    I’m not really a jazz aficionado, but it would either be kind of blue or ted greene’s solo guitar. I can listen to both these albums endlessly.

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    My ESP / Kind of Blue listening ratio is well into double digits


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    Changes like the weather, but one that never seems to leave my top 10 is Frisell/Motian/Lovano's "I have the room above her."