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I'm compiling a list of must have jazz CD's, must have, as in - essential listening. Genre defining etc etc.

Already own "Kind of Blue" and a few compilations which include Getz, Dexter, Charie Parker etc, but my collection is sadly lacking where jazz is concerned.

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Dexter Gordon - Nights at The Keystone
Stanley Turrentine, all of them, but "Up at Mintons" is a fave

Not really jazz but lately Louis Jordan is rocking my world.
 

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I dont know if these fit your criteria, but here are some albums i love.
Maybe there are some youre not familiar with. I hope so!


Art pepper---- art pepper meets the rhythm section
brubeck ----time out
hank mobley ----soul station
gene ammons ----boss tenors
dexter ---go
vince guardali---black orpheus
charlie parker--- bird with strings
phil woods--- live at the showboat
sonny rollins---way out west
sonny stitt--- sonny stitt, bud powell, and jj johnson
stan getz and gerry mulligan---getz meets mulligan in hi-fi
paul desmond and gerry mulligan---two of a mind
ben webster---ben and sweets
chet baker---best of chet baker sings
cannonball adderley---cannonball and coltrane
scott hamilton---tenor shoes








i could go on for a long time...
 

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John Coltrane "Lush Life" "Giant Steps"
Hank Mobley "Soul Station"
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt "Boss Tenors"
Herbie Hancock "Maiden Voyage" "Cantaloupe Island"
Miles Davis "My Funny Valentine" "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis......." "Miles Smiles"
Anything by Rich Perry I love................
 

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This ("Like It Is", by Yusef Lateef, album "The Blue Yusef Lateef") --


I mean, does it really get much better than this?

Well, I guess this comes pretty close...


Going further back, this is an absolute must, as you get three greats in one:


And how COULD I have forgotten--absolutely essential:


For this and many of his other essential gems, check out the Wardell Gray Memorial Album.

Actually, if you want a SLEW of essential jazz listening ideas, just check out this dude's awesome youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/JckDupp

A couple of non-sax musts--


 

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This ("Like It Is", by Yusef Lateef, album "The Blue Yusef Lateef") --

I mean, does it really get much better than this?
Lateef's Eastern bag, which he gets into at at about 3:00 is too funny and too perfect ! It definitely doesn't get any better than that ! I'm going to practice some of those licks.

And, I'll add one to the list ....

Ray Charles presents David Fathead Newman ..... as the review says, 'the platonic ideal'
 

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What's jazz without live recordings?

Bird At St Nicks.

That's the heart of Bird. I heard I Didn't Know What Time It Was from that album when I was 16 or 17 years old. Still can sing every note. Master at work.

Miles in Antibes

Probably the greatest live Miles.. Transitional quintet with George Coleman on tenor. Piano solo on All Of You changed my life. Big George laying the funk, swing, gutbucket, hip harmonic language. Just a whole lot of horn.

An Evening With Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson with Charlie Haden and Al Foster. A real tour de force....dudes talk about Coltrane, but it was Joe Henderson that codified the raw energy of coltrane that has fed many a musician. Dig Invitation on that album...argghhh

Complete Four And More & My Funny Valentine

Another Miles cut. If blistering fast tempos are your thing most of the cuts are.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2lsIPHuDmg
 

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John Coltrane - Blue Train
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch
Cannonball Adderley - In San Francisco
Charles Mingus - Ah Um
Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off
Miles Davis - Milestones
Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
Sonny Rollins - Night at the Village Vanguard
 

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Larry Young, Unity
Monk, Live at the It Club
Art Blakey, Free For All
Dexter Gordon, The Blue Note Years (title? several CD's worth of compilation)
Woody Shaw, The Complete CBS Sessions
Coltrane, Live At Birdland
Eric Dolphy and Booker Little, Live at the Five Spot
Mingus, The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady
Jackie McLean, Destination Out
Freddie Hubbard, Ready For Freddie
Lee Morgan, Leeway
Booker Ervin, The Freedom Book
Horace Silver, Blowin the Blues Away

...to name a few...
 

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Al Cohn and Zoot sims - Complete sextet/quintet recordings
 

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Maybe not part of the essential jazz canon if that's what you're looking for, but some stuff worth a listen:

Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargrove - Directions in Music - great live recording

Herbie Hancock - The New Standard (or really just about any Herbie, I keep going back to the Headhunters and Return of the Headhunters - ground breaking considering when it came out)

Jay Beckenstein - Eye Contact - Nice effort by Spyro Gyra's sax man. Love his take on Goodbye Porkpie Hat and Black Market

Quincy Jones - Juke Joint, my favorite Q album

Brecker Brothers - Sneakin' Up Behind You, the very best... - Some Skunk Funk! and more

Brian Bromberg - It Is What It Is - his latest, Randy Brecker makes an appearance. What else can I say, dude can play the bass!

Gerald Wilson - In My Time and New York, New Sound - great big band arrangements by a master, great players, still going strong in his 80's (maybe 90 now and he just came out with a new recording that I haven't heard yet)
 

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Cannonball "Something Different"
Thelonius Monk "Monk"
Mingus "Ah um"
Coltrane "Coltrane's Sound"

geez. where to start.....
 

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My top 10:

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman: John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman
John Coltrane: Giant Steps (stock, I know...)
Cannonball Adderley: Somethin' Else
McCoy Tyner Trio:Infinity (with Brecker)
Michael Brecker: Nearness of You: The Ballad Book
Jim Snidero: Crossfire
Bob Berg: Another Standard
Chris Potter: Underground
Joshua Redman: MoodSwing
Hank Mobley: Soul Station
 

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Here I go again . . . all of that modern jazz wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the jazz pioneers . . . Sidney Bechet, Clarence Williams, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, etc. DAVE
 

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Complete RCA Victor Recordings 1947-1949 Dizzy Gillespie

Lester Young Complete Savoy Recordings
 
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