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Favorite Jazz Music

I’m a big Jazz fan. So here are a bunch of Jazz albums you might find as brilliant as I do…

 

CHARLIE PARKER
"Yardbird Suite, The Ultimate Charlie Parker Collection" (Rhino/2CDs). (MY PERSONAL FAVORITE)

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
"Hot Fives and Sevens" (JSP/4CDs)

COUNT BASIE
"Atomic Basie" (Blue Note)

CLIFFORD BROWN
"...With Strings" (Verve)

ORNETTE COLEMAN
"The Shape of Jazz To Come" (Atlantic)

JOHN COLTRANE
"The Classic Quartet - Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings (Impulse!/8CDs)

MILES DAVIS
"Porgy and Bess," with Gil Evans orchestra (Columbia)

DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA
"Such Sweet Thunder" (Columbia)

"DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE"
(Impulse!)

DUKE ELLINGTON/CHARLES MINGUS/MAX ROACH
"Money Jungle" (Blue Note)

BILL EVANS
"Waltz For Debby" (OJC, Original Jazz Classics)

STAN GETZ
"Serenity" (Verve)

BILLIE HOLIDAY with LESTER YOUNG
"Lady Day & Pres, 1937-1941" (Fremeaux, France/ 2CDs)

KEITH JARRETT STANDARDS TRIO
"Tribute" (ECM/2CDs)

CHARLES MINGUS
"Mingus Ah Um" (Columbia)

THELONIOUS MONK
"Plays Duke Ellington" (OJC)

THELONIOUS MONK
"Alone In San Francisco" (OJC)

MODERN JAZZ QUARTET
"Dedicated To Connie" (Atlantic/2CDs)

LEE MORGAN
"The Best Of..." (Blue Note)

"THE BEST OF THE GERRY MULLIGAN QUARTET WITH CHET BAKER"
(Blue Note)

BUD POWELL
"Jazz Giant" (Verve)

DJANGO REINHARDT
"L'Essentiel" (EMI France/3CDs)

SONNY ROLLINS
"The Bridge" (RCA)

ZOOT SIMS
"For Lady Day" (Pablo)

FRANK SINATRA
"...At The Sands," with Count Basie and his Orchestra,
arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones (Reprise)

ART TATUM
"The Standard Sessions, 1935-1943" (Storyville/2CDs)

WEATHER REPORT
"Heavy Weather" (Columbia)

BEN WEBSTER
"Music For Loving," with strings (Verve)

LESTER YOUNG
"...Trio," with Nat "King" Cole (Verve)

 

Favorite Rock Music

I’m an even bigger rock and roll fan. In no particular order, here are some of the records that changed my life (and continue to do so). (Mostly classic stuff, I know, but hey, I came of age in the 70’s…)


Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
Something/Anything by Todd Rundgren
The first Velvet Underground Album
The first New York Dolls Album
The first Jackson Five album
The first Ramones album
The first Blondie album
The first Television album
The first David Johansen solo record
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
Gasoline Alley by Rod Stewart
In the City by The Jam
The first Pretenders album
The Pretender by Jackson Browne
Song for Only the Lonely by Sinatra
Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits
L.A.M.F. by Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
Blonde on Blonde by Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited by Dylan
After the Gold Rush by Neil Young
Kaya by Bob Marley
Hearts by America
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Shaved Fish by John Lennon
Oops, Wrong Planet by Utopia
The Who by Numbers
Desire by Bob Dylan
Aja by Steely Dan
Funhouse by The Stooges
Transformer by Lou Reed
The first Kate Bush album
Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton
Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore
Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
Young Americans & Heroes by David Bowie
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
This is Spinal Tap by Spinal Tap
Armed Forces by Elvis Costello
War Babies by Hall and Oates
Catholic Boy by the Jim Carrol Band
Belladonna by Stevie Nicks
Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty
The first Smiths record
Sticky Fingers & Some Girls by the Stones
Hermit of Mink Hollow by Todd Rundgren
Modern Lovers Live by the Modern Lovers
The Spinners Greatest Hits
The Stylistics Greatest Hits
The Four Tops Greatest Hits
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
The first Mink DeVille album
Live at Max’s Kansas City
Hasten Down the Wind by Linda Ronstadt
Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell
Raindogs by Tom Waits
Aimee Mann's Greatest Hits

Muscians I like a lot…
The Rolling Stones
Frank Sinatra
George Gershwin
Linsday Buckingham
Todd Rundgren
Brian Wilson
Charlie Parker
The New York Dolls
Duke Ellington
Cole Porter
Neil Young
The Ramones
Bjork
Linda Ronstadt
Jack Sheldon
Bob Dylan
Tom Waits
Bob Marley

 

Favorite A.M. singles (from the early-mid1970's)


I Saw the Light - Todd Rundgren
It's Too Late To Turn Back Now - Cornelious Brothers and Sister Rose
Brandy - Looking Glass
I'll Be Around - The Spinners
Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
Betcha By Golly Wow - The Stylistics
Sideshow - Blue Magic
Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest
It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
Last Song - Edward Bear
Claire - Gilbert O'Sullivan
Faithless Love - Linda Ronstadt
Love Train - O'Jays
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - The Spinners
Bad Time - Grand Funk Railroad

 
 
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