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Dorsetmike
Jul-23-2009, 21:49
Jazz guitarists, I like Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Django among others

Jazz Piano, Mel Powell, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ralph Sutton, Shearing and quite a few others

I could make similar lists for sax, trumpet, trombone and drums; but choose one above others? How does, or even should, one try?

Then again how about those that make mostly brilliant tracks mixed with occasional cr@p ones? Do you forgive the lapses or avoid them completely?

Mat
Jul-23-2009, 22:47
Why would you want to choose just one?? They are all brilliant jazz musicians. I don't think I could pick one over another. And my list is very long, too. I guess I could say that I like one better than the other but that's not really the point.

As for the lapses, everyone is allowed to make mistakes. I haven't really come across a lot of lame performances/recordings yet (and I do listen to jazz very often). Those I remember, I think they add a certain charm to the art of playing. For the past few weeks I've been even trying to find some flaws in concert recordings I posess and well - there aren't many of them. I think that most of the audience is likely to forgive those little snags. Besides, it makes the performers look more... human, if you know what I mean.

If you've got any crappy recordings that are *worth recommending* - feel free to do so.

BohoRoohaha
Aug-04-2009, 11:22
wow I haven't heard of any of these people. will now have to go out and find them. Thanks!

marval
Aug-08-2009, 23:19
Oh please, don't ask me to choose. I am terrible at making decisions.

Vintage
Sep-24-2009, 10:28
If I had to choose just one for piano, it would be Erroll Garner. Art Tatum is amazing too, but I find Garner more relaxing for me. Oh, and I love Louis Prima & Harry James for Trumpet. Ok, I know that's not 'one', but still...

OLDUDE
Jan-22-2010, 00:22
For piano jazz dont miss Brubeck or Teddy Wilson and how about S. Getz and Paul Desmond on sax

JHC
Jan-22-2010, 05:37
Clarinet - Benny Goodman,
Double Bass - Percy Heath, Ray Brown
Vibraphone - Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton
Piano - Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson

Has anyone the Benny Goodman @ Carnegie set ? 2 x LP Vinyl a must for that era of Big Band Jazz + all the Goodman small group stuff.

Dorsetmike
Jan-22-2010, 14:07
The only Goodman LP I have is the London Date (Nov1969) which has an all british line up behind Goodman, inludes a couple of Lennon and McCartney numbers.

The Carnegie set is on last.fm with the exception of Shine and Honeysuckle Rose tracks

JHC
Jan-23-2010, 05:25
Mike,
Were you around when Ted Heath was all the rage in the Jazz scene? and Johnny and Cleo, Humph even Acker Bilk who in concert played some good stuff, unfortunately his recording were a bit commercial now I’m getting into my stride here are a few more:
Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Terry Lightfoot, Mick Mulligan, Sid Phillips do they bring back any memories?

Dorsetmike
Jan-23-2010, 13:28
Saw Ted Heath live 1954, also saw a later almost reincarnation of same band led by Don Lusher, never managed to catch the Dankworth's nor Humph, Acker Bilk yes saw him live (got an autographed LP) remember the others too except for Mick Mulligan. You could add Nat Gonella, saw him live too.

Acker did like his cider, often finished a set somewhat blasted. Also saw Dutch Swing College, but the concert that stays in my mind as the best ever was MJQ in Birmingham Town Hall, 1967

marval
Jan-23-2010, 14:45
Johnny and Cleo live just down the road from me, they have their own venue called The Stables. They are doing a young peoples introduction to jazz next month. I saw them live at the London Paladium, some years ago. It was a great evening, but sadly they don't do as much now since Johnny has been ill.


Margaret

JHC
Jan-24-2010, 00:17
Acker did like his cider, often finished a set somewhat blasted. Also saw Dutch Swing College, but the concert that stays in my mind as the best ever was MJQ in Birmingham Town Hall, 1967

I was in a support band at a Bilk concert and what caught me by surprise was the start, they all ambled onto the stage took up their positions and looked either half asleep or high on something then they broke into their sig tune (I can’t remember what it was) but the start was instantaneous with no visible lead in from Acker, all together, perfection. my favorite group is the MJQ, The Dutch Swing College were great. does the band still exist


Johnny and Cleo live just down the road from me, they have their own venue called The Stables. They are doing a young peoples introduction to jazz next month. I saw them live at the London Paladium, some years ago. It was a great evening, but sadly they don't do as much now since Johnny has been ill.


Margaret

I saw a program on TV that was shot at their Stables they are doing good work.

Dorsetmike
Jan-24-2010, 00:37
they broke into their sig tune (I can’t remember what it was)

I always thought his signature tune was Petite Fleur, although if you google Acker Bilk it usually mentions Stranger on the Shore which was his first big hit and thus always associated with him.

Dorsetmike
Jan-24-2010, 19:51
A few copies of the BG Carnegie concert on UK Ebay, the 1978 40th anniversary issue.

Dorsetmike
Jan-24-2010, 20:17
Just unearthed the Goodman London date Nov '69 LP I mentioned above, the line up as follows

Clarinet; BG
Saxes; Bob Burns, Roy Willox, Tommy Whittle, Frank Reidy & Don Honeywill
Trumpets; Kenny Baker, Bert Ezard, Tommy McQuator, Derek Healey
Trombones; Lad Busby, Johnny Marshall, Jackie Armstrong, Chris Smith
Piano Bill McGuffie, Bass; Lennie Judd, Drums; Ronnie Stephenson, Guitar; Judd Proctor

Octet; Clarinet; BG, Tenor Sax; Tommy Whittle, Trumpet Kenny Baker, Trombone; George Chisholm, Piano Bill McGuffie, Bass; Lennie Bush, Drums; ronnie Stephenson, Guitar; Judd Proctor.

Arrangements Wally Stott and Peter Knight.

Soon after this Goodman came back to UK formed a band and took it on tour of Europe, then repeated the exercise in the summer of 1970. I've not seen any reports of the line up for these tours, but wouldn't be surprised to find many of the same faces.

Some copies of the London date LP on Ebay UK at the moment.

JHC
Jan-25-2010, 10:13
My 2 record set is of the 1938 concert

Alto Sax Hymie Schertzer, Johnny Hodges
Sop Sax Johhny Hodges [he must have had a wide mouth]
Tenor Sax George Koenid, Babe Russin, Arthur Rollini, Lester Young,
Baritone Sax Harry Carney,
Trumpet Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Gordon Griffin, Cootie Williams, Buck Clayrton Piano Count Basie, Teddy Willson, Jess Stacy
Trombone Vernon Brown Red Ballard,
Vibes Lionel Hampton
Cornet Bobby Hacket,
Drums Gene Krupa
Guitar, Allan Reuss, Freddy Green
Bass Harry Goodman, Walter Page,
Vocals Martha Tilton
So many famous names, gee I feel so old :(