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    You can only choose one!!!

    Mine is "Everybody Digs Bill Evans". I just think it has everything. "Portrait in Jazz" is also amazing, with Scott Lafaro, but somehow I find myself listening to EDBE more often and in more different situations.

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    Without over thinking the question, Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.

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    The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal
    The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow.
    I think that was my favorite for a while too, and in fact I gave a copy to my trumpet teacher as a Christmas present during my year away from guitar while injured. It did hip me to Eddie Costa though and that sort of led to greater appreciation for piano players.

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    Classic Jazz - Miles Davis' Porgy & Bess has been getting a lot of play lately.

    Modern Jazz - I just can't get enough of Nels Cline and Julian Lage's Room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkwaters
    Classic Jazz - Miles Davis' Porgy & Bess has been getting a lot of play lately.

    Modern Jazz - I just can't get enough of Nels Cline and Julian Lage's Room.
    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?

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    I think my fave jazz album ever might well be Out to Lunch by Eric Dolphy. There's not a wasted nanosecond on it, every air molecule in that session is perfect.

    But I'm not sure I'd want it as the only one I could listen to for the rest of my life... definitely not an album for all moods! Would probably go with some Ellington if it had to be my lifetime companion.

    Last edited by Matt Milton; 06-17-2020 at 05:38 PM.

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    Time Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet


    I'm aware that my number one choice has a strong nostalgic appeal (the early 1980s, I was 17 and living in a converted storeroom in my place of employment with this album - and Paris Concert/Mulligan, Midnight Blue/Burrell, Cole Porter Songbook/Fitzgerald, Jazz Winds/Garland etc...and as happy as can be) but Brubeck was and still is a challenge and even kind of exotic. The right time and place and music.

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    I'm not sure I could narrow it down to anything less than 10, but this one would certainly be in the running.

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    Choosing the album, not the artist, I must go with the obvious. But obvious for a reason: Kind of Blue.

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    man i been collecting records and cds and all else since i was 6 years old

    favorite 100! maybe...

    i have a couple of new #1's everyday

    cheers

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    I would normally go with Kind of Blue, or Love Supreme. But as I am sure that you all know those two, let me step out and say Ask the Ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    man i been collecting records and cds and all else since i was 6 years old

    favorite 100! maybe...

    i have a couple of new #1's everyday

    cheers
    But if you had to choose just 1 and it was all you could listen to for the rest of your life, surely you could choose?

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    Last edited by cosmic gumbo; 06-16-2020 at 06:33 AM.

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    "Ellis in Wonderland" by Herd Ellis and a stellar cast.

    Three reasons.





    Last edited by MarkRhodes; 06-16-2020 at 06:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    I'm not sure I could narrow it down to anything less than 10, but this one would certainly be in the running.
    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).

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    There's more than one jazz album?! I thought Kind Of Blue was it...

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    Desmond and Hall. Glad to be Unhappy

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    Difficult choice . . . .

    Imaginairy Day - Pat Metheny Group
    Tutu - Miles Davis/Marcus Miller
    Shadows and light - Joni Mitchell (it's not really considered jazz, but hey, Metheny, Brecker and Pastorius in one band? It really doesn't get any better than that)

    And the winner is . . . .

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    Weather Report - Black Market

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    Your number 1 favorite jazz album-zoot-jimmy-jpg

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    John Scofield - Meant to Be

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    Don't know if many will know this.

    Jesse van Ruller - CATCH! (featuring Roy Hargrove)

    Your number 1 favorite jazz album-schermafbeelding-2020-06-17-om-12-13-02-jpg Your number 1 favorite jazz album-schermafbeelding-2020-06-17-om-12-13-12-jpg

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    Excuse the edits, please -


    Quote Originally Posted by rpjazzguitar

    Desmond and Hall. Glad to be Unhappy
    I have this and think it's great.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    "Ellis in Wonderland" by Herd Ellis and a stellar cast.

    And this too.

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    Good thread! Some unknowns to me here.

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    I would say either The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow or that one for its rawness, despite the lo fi quality.


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    Kind of Blue Miles Davis and his fabulous All Star Band!

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    Saxophone Colossus

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    Yea, I already listed an album, but since the sax is so related to that jazz sound, I had to include an album with Dexter Gordon.

    This one is Something Different; It is 'different' because Gordon decided to replace the piano with guitar (Gordon has over 20 quartet albums with piano). A young Philip Catherine is the guitar player. He uses effects which allows him to get some fat sounds that really make his comping shine. Gordon,,,well, is fantastic.


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    The incredible jazz guitar of Wes Montgomery.

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    I gave my answer above but I would never have got to that album but for these two, which rank high among my favorites:




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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    I gave my answer above but I would never have got to that album but for these two, which rank high among my favorites:



    I've a copy of the first, but as ridiculous as it might seem for someone who professes an interest in this music, I still haven't heard Smokin' at the Half Note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    The incredible jazz guitar of Wes Montgomery.
    Yea, ask me tomorrow and I'll likely say the same thing;

    I.e. When it comes to jazz guitar albums, and my favorite,,,, depending on my mood,,, I'll flop between Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney Live in Tokyo and this one by Wes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLR
    ..... I still haven't heard Smokin' at the Half Note.
    ........Man, you are in for a treat! But I sure wouldn't go without it for a whole lot longer ! I mean, can there be a good enough reason ?

    I sure don't think so.

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    My first number 1 favorite jazz album :

    Gary Burton Quartet - Country Roads & Other Places (1969, Vinyl) | Discogs

    ....Is it the best ?? Probably not.....

    But this one got me started.....in a lot of things !!

    And since day one GB has never disappointed !

    Just plain grateful .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    ........Man, you are in for a treat! But I sure wouldn't go without it for a whole lot longer ! I mean, can there be a good enough reason ?

    I sure don't think so.

    I've now a CD copy in my eBay basket. I'll give it until about midnight to see if I want to add anything else before I hit 'Buy'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLR
    I've now a CD copy in my eBay basket. I'll give it until about midnight to see if I want to add anything else before I hit 'Buy'.

    I'd plan an evening around that - the first listen !

    Good going !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    I'd plan an evening around that - the first listen !

    Good going !
    Yeah, when it's something unheard by me - especially works considered classics - I make time to have a dedicated and uninterrupted listen.

    And thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    I gave my answer above but I would never have got to that album but for these two, which rank high among my favorites:



    Yes, I amend my choice. Best: Kind of Blue. Favorite: CC's album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal
    Yea, ask me tomorrow and I'll likely say the same thing;

    I.e. When it comes to jazz guitar albums, and my favorite,,,, depending on my mood,,, I'll flop between Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney Live in Tokyo and this one by Wes.
    Ask me tomorrow and I might say "The Intercontinental Joe Pass".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    Ask me tomorrow and I might say "The Intercontinental Joe Pass".
    I would select Tubo Bem; Joe goes Latin, and I find this to be his most melodic playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolvinny
    But if you had to choose just 1 and it was all you could listen to for the rest of your life, surely you could choose?
    hah..can't do it...

    i'm...



    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    Ask me tomorrow and I might say "The Intercontinental Joe Pass".
    I like that one too. If I've a favourite it's the first of the Virtuoso albums he recorded, although I know the sound quality of it puts a lot of people off from the outset.
    I also like his 'Plays Charlie Parker' and 'Ira, George and Joe' - even the 12 string stuff - and also 'Blues for Fred'. But sure, Intercontinental is a great one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLR
    I've now a CD copy in my eBay basket. I'll give it until about midnight to see if I want to add anything else before I hit 'Buy'.

    ......maybe put this with it :

    Wes Montgomery - Full House (1962, Vinyl) | Discogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    Sure, that's a really cool choice, and I already have it.
    I came into jazz guitar records/CDs/whatever from a weird angle, because no one I knew really listened to that stuff. Then I was gifted an old copy of the '20th Anniversary Guitar Player Magazine' and inside was their top 20 jazz (and blues and country and rock etc) records and that served as my initial collector/listening guide. Then, it all changed when we got a Tower Records store in town. I don't know what age group you're in, but for my friends and I it was the first time we could easily buy music by the likes of Jim Hall or Herb Ellis, or outside of purely guitar orientated stuff, Jimmy Giuffre or Lennie Tristano. Great times, weekend listening sessions etc. What a pleasure.

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    E.S.P. probably

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    SMOKIN AT THE HALF NOTE BY KING WES!!!!!! Is there a good BIO on Wes?