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#259722 - 05/08/09 03:18 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: Argon]
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 3188
Loc: Toronto/New York/Dwight
Hi Argon,

There are lots of good suggestions in this thread, but try out (if you can find it), a Philips CD of French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier: The Best of Play Bach. I've used this CD for speaker listening tests for years. He does jazz treatments of various Bach melodies and his CDs are beautifully recorded. Excellent string bass, acoustic piano and superb cymbals and drums. Almost any album by Loussier is worth getting.

You might get into jazz vocals. One classic (not very good sound quality--there is distortion on the vocal peaks) that is great musically is Ella Fitzgerald: Live in Berlin.

Another jazz CD with excellent sound quality is on Chesky Records: The Hot Club of 52nd Street. Two acoustic jazz guitar players, a jazz violinist and bass player. Great sound and a very natural live ambience. (Tip: I was at that recording session in New York sitting in the 2nd row and can be heard whooping it up.) It's jazz much in the style of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Rhinehart, and Stephan Grappelli, the late French jazz violinist. I also use this disc for listening tests from time to time. This album can also be downloaded for a fee in lossless FLAC files from http://www.hdtracks.com

Regards,

Alan
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#259733 - 05/08/09 04:52 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: SirQuack]
Da_Gimp_Pimp Offline
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Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 4022
Loc: Sitting down somewhere
 Originally Posted By: sirquack
Total agreement on your Diana Krall, Nora Jones, Jane Monheit, etc. I'll have to check out the others.....they make my Axioms sound sooooooooooo good.


Or, your Axioms make them sound really good \:\)
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#259741 - 05/08/09 07:00 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 150
Loc: St. Louis, Missouri
+1 on Madeline Peyroux, I like her stuff a lot.

Bill Evans is my favorite classic jazz pianist. He was with Miles Davis in "Kinda Blue". Evans stuff was particularly good, in my estimation, when Scott LaFaro was his bass player. Amazing interaction between piano and bass. A good example of this is in the "Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961", give it a listen if you like good bass. Unfortunately, LaFaro was killed in a car accident shortly after that recording.
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#259746 - 05/08/09 07:40 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: CV]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1349
Loc: Jacksonville, IL
I'm pretty sure I've recommended that album before around here, so yes, it was probably me. I also think I do remember hearing your tale of super-slow shipping from Chesky.

Glad you enjoy the album! It's one of my favorite chill-out, lights-low, crank-the-Axiom's album.


 Originally Posted By: CV
Peter, was it you who recommended Marta Gómez so long ago? I've enjoyed her SACD, Cantos de Agua Dulce, a lot.

I would recommend NOT ordering directly from Chesky if anyone is thinking of doing that. Get their stuff through a place like Amazon.com, as Chesky's site took a million years to send me my order.

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#259748 - 05/08/09 07:47 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Peter, did I tell you that one of my Astronomy buddies over at the Cloudy Nights forum is Diana Krall's uncle. It is pretty cool talking to him and hearing about Diana's life.
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#259753 - 05/08/09 08:20 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: SirQuack]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, IL
 Originally Posted By: sirquack
Peter, did I tell you that one of my Astronomy buddies over at the Cloudy Nights forum is Diana Krall's uncle. It is pretty cool talking to him and hearing about Diana's life.


Whaaaaaaat? \:D No, I don't think I knew that.

That's AWESOME!! Way cool.
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#259755 - 05/08/09 08:59 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: PeterChenoweth]
Argon Offline
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Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
 Originally Posted By: PeterChenoweth
I like Jazz. The problem though, is that Jazz is such a wide genre that it's hard to recommend specific things without knowing what you like. I mean, there's 'classic jazz', 'smooth jazz', 'contemporary jazz', etc.


Peter,
Thanks for your recommendations....The second paragraph is almost verbatim what my brother recommended from Brubeck and Davis down to Sinatra and Armstrong. He (my brother) made a comment that he liked Frankie singing with the big bands because he followed the band rather than the band following him. It was an intriguing comment.

Thing is - I don't know what I like other than I am tired of pop Rock all the time. SO....all the suggestions are going to be considered and I will likely spread it out until I do know what I like. Definately going to be a starter set.

BEST part is that I just got THE e-mail. I used the analogy over a year ago when posting about buying a system ....... Joe Montana going long. Meaning that I did not want to piece together a system - I wanted to buy it all at once. I ordered on Sunday April 26 in Custom Vinyl and was told it would be 4 weeks. THE e-mail came today telling me to wait 2 business days to check out the tracking number - advice that I promptly ignored. Of course tracking is not out there yet....but the ball has left Joe's hand in route to the end zone \:\) \:D
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#259756 - 05/08/09 09:02 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: alan]
Argon Offline
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Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
 Originally Posted By: alan
Hi Argon,

There are lots of good suggestions in this thread, but try out (if you can find it), a Philips CD of French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier: The Best of Play Bach. I've used this CD for speaker listening tests for years.
Regards,

Alan


Thanks, Alan. I will definately do a search for this one in particular. The Epic 60's & 500 will be here soon - probably before I can find your suggestion.
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#259769 - 05/08/09 10:20 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: Argon]
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Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 64
Im a metal head, but I happen to love the DVD Peter Cincotti - Live in New York. It has fantastic DTS audio. I heard it at my fathers house and had to get myself a copy!

http://www.amazon.com/Cincotti-Monster-D...41835586&sr=8-3
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#259776 - 05/08/09 10:58 PM Re: Jazz Recordings [Re: Argon]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7047
Loc: Canada
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Thing is - I don't know what I like other than I am tired of pop Rock all the time. SO....all the suggestions are going to be considered and I will likely spread it out until I do know what I like. Definately going to be a starter set.

Make use of your local library. They will have a wide selection of music and will have all the classics.
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