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  1. #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon View Post
    Gene Puerling"

    I have to admit I had to google that name, but now I see he was in the Hi Lo's etc..
    Genius vocal arranger for The Singer's Unlimited.


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    Man that's tough. So many I hate to leave off. But if I had to carve it all down to 5....

    -Bill Evans
    -Chet Baker
    -Aaron Parks

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    Feels weird leaving off all the drummers. I am drawn so heavily to lush harmony and lyrical melody... but drummers really make the music dance in ways that harmony and melody can't. And if I'm being honest, I feel like drummers have influenced me more than any other instrument in the way they teach us to FEEL and swing. Art Blakey, Philly Jo, Elvin, Tony, Billy Higgins... good lord... there should really be a whole separate "which 5" thread just for discussing how important and influential the drummers in our tradition have been on us.

    *I just realized I listed 5 drummers above. I didn't intend to start the 5 drummers list with that. They were just the first ones that came to mind. Which I guess means that's probably a good starting point. Though I might fight with myself to try and squeeze in one or two modern players to make things feel more balanced and authentic for me if I were going to make an official list.

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    I can’t believe I forgot Vince Guaraldi! Had to go back and edit my list.

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    Good to see some love here for Hank Mobley , underrated player ( except amongst elite hipster cognoscenti )

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    Only the famous ones seem to make it to those kinds of lists. I'm never gonna feel compelled to put "Coltrane" on such a list just because you're supposed to. What counts for me ultimately is what moves me. So many greats don't get the fame they deserve. A space of five is a little short but here goes. Two singers. One arranger - people like Quincy Jones are sorely missing in today's jazz.

    Frank Sinatra
    Anita O'Day
    Clifford Brown
    Mulgrew Miller
    Quincy Jones

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    Oh well, Sinatra isn‘t exactly unknown...

    As far as I‘m concerned, naturally I started listening to the big names first because they were the ones that were most readily available. But guess what - they weren‘t big names for nothing.

    You wouldn‘t know most of the people I listen to now, but I‘m too old to be moved by them in such a big way as I was moved by Dexter when I was nineteen.

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    Louis Armstrong (trumpet)
    Bobby Hackett (trumpet)
    Art Van Damme (accordian)
    Urbie Green (T-bone)
    Toots Theilman (harmonica)

    That was hard... I left off band leaders, composers, drummers... (et al)

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    1. Keith Jarrett
    2. Bill Evans
    3. Duke Ellington
    4. Monk
    5. Wayne Shorter

    Not necessarily in that order, except for Jarrett

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    1. Thelonious Monk - rhythmically, melodically and harmonically
    2. Miles Davis - say it with less
    3. John Coltrane - say it with more
    4. Jon Hassell* - creative use of technology can bring you to timbres never imagined
    5. Kenny Wheeler - gorgeous music with gorgeous tone