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Jazz New Year's Resolution - Fill My iPod!

Jan 2, 2010

I am an avid user of LinkedIn, a national social network for professionals to use as a means of sharing information and ideas. There are a number of groups you can join to share your professional expertise of hobbies. I am a proud member of the “I Love Jazz” group.


When I began determining what to put on my 160 gig iPod, I decided it would be fun to throw open the idea to the group members. I got some wonderful ideas – a full copy of the postings is attached here. A brief list of the music they viewed as indispensable includes:


Charlie Haden "Rambling Boy", (my own projects), Dianne Reeves "A little Moonlight", Terry Gibs " The Dream Band", Harry Connick Jr, "Red Light Blue Light", Jacky Terrasson " Smile", Josh Redman " Elastic" and "Spirit of the Moment", Keith Jarret "Up for it" and his new one " Yesterdays", Kurt Elling "Flirting with Twilight", McCoy Tyner " Today and Tomorrow", Oscar Peterson... ANYTHING... Phineas Newborn Jr " A World of Piano",.. Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Gerald Wilson, Don Sebesky, Oliver Nelson, Claus Ogerman, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Burrell, Pancho Sanchez (Spicy), Tito Puente, Jon Lucien, Donald Byrd, Bobby McFerrin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Andy Bey, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Gato Barbieri, Heath Brothers, Brecker Brothers, MJQ, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Tierney Sutton, Kenny Garrett, Jane Monheit, Marilyn Scott, Venessa Ruben, Astrud Gilberto, Les McCann, Phil Upchurch, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin and all the GRP All-stars..... Ella & Duke - Live at the Cote D'azur, Woody Herman - Road Father, Phil Woods - Live at the Showboat, Manhattan Transfer - the original one with Birdland , Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day - anything! … All of Me – Frank Sinatra, Johnny Hodges – Triple Play, Gene Ammons – 1960 The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug, I Must Have That Man – Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong – All-Time Greatest Hits, Satin Doll – Duke Ellington, My Funny Valentine – Chet Baker, Moonglow – Count Basie, Body and Soul – Diana Krall, Broad Street – Gerald Veseley, Night & Day – Ella Fitzgerald. Lover Man – Jimmie Smith – The Sermon, The Man I Love – Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz – Getz/Gilberto, The Sidewinder – Lee Morgan, Sarah Vaughn – Live in Japan, Oscar Peterson – Live at the Blue Note, Herbie Hancock – Possibilities, John Coltrane – Giant Steps, Joey DeFrancesco – The Street of Dreams, John McLaughlin – Live @ The Royal Festival Hall, Lionel Hampton – Mostly Ballads, Nina Simone – Maiden Voyage, Nelson Rangell – Always, Rachelle Farrell – Live in Montreux, Kind of Blue – Miles Davis, The Dave Bruebeck Quartet – Time Out, Hank Mobley - Soul Station, Coltrane – Crescent, Miles - Relaxin' , Dexter Gordon – Go, Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossos & Tenor Madness, Monk - (anything with Charlie Rouse on tenor),  Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby , Cannonball Adderly - Something Else , Michael Brecker - Tales from the Hudson (nice acoustic album), Clifford Brown & Max Roach, Wayne Shorter: JuJu & Speak no Evil (with 'Trane's band), Stan Getz – Anniversary, Horace Silver - Finger Poppin', Charlie Parker - Parker with Strings, Sarah Vaughn - After Hours, Woody Shaw Love Dance (included in a collection now)  Joe Henderson Canyon Lady, Gil Evans Svengali, Regina Carter I'll be seeing you: A Sentimental Journey, Miles Davis My Funny Valentine (Live), Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage, McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy, Weather Report 8:30 ….And beyond jazz, there's music - if you can appreciate the musicality of jazz, you gotta pick a toe into the writing of Fauré, Massenet, Debussy, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov and above all, there's Henri Dutilleux.


WOW! And so my Jazz New Year’s resolution – along with finally getting all my CDs in order – is to get ripping and follow this amazing advice!


Any thoughts for additions? Leave me a comment!


eric anderson
over nine years ago

Maybe I missed it in the long list, but I\'d suggest Ahmad Jamal. I own his \"Cross Country Tour\" collection and another collection titled \"Ahmad\'s Blues.\" But last month I picked up the \"Priceless Jazz\" collection -- only ten tracks, but I think I like all of them. This is all classic trio stuff from his early-mid career.

Also, how about Ry Cooder\'s \"Jazz\" album? A fun album and very good music. Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll, all kinds of things.