Readers Choices 2012 (3)

Thanks to the dozens of Rifftides readers who sent lists of music that they have been listening to. The sweepstakes is now closed (no drawing, no prizes, no winners, no losers). It will take at least a day or two longer to get everyone’s list posted. I have been impressed with the range of interests among you. If you find this sort of exercise worthwhile, let me know. We may do it again in a few years.

Richard Strauss, Don Quixote, Yo Yo Ma, cello, with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa.
Strauss, Burleske for Piano and Orchestra, Martha Argerich, piano; Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado, conductor.
Toots Thielemans, Yesterday and Today, Brasilian Collaborations.
Clark Terry, Porgy and Bess Suite, Jeff Lindberg cond. Chicago Jazz Orchestra, arrangements by Gil Evans (originally for Miles Davis—CT is better, IMO!).
Bob Brookmeyer—especially the arrangements for the Vanguard
Orchestra back to the time of Thad & Mel; also the final album, Standards, Brookmeyer arranger, conductor; Fay Claasen, vocals.
Charlton Price
Seattle, Washington

Quartet West (Haden, Watts, Broadbent, Motian) “Lonely Woman” Nice 1988, French Radio Broadcast.
Gordon Sapsed

Phil Woods, American Song Book.
J.J. Johnson, Standards (Village Vanguard).
Roger Kellaway, Remembering Bobby Darin.
John Birchard
Washington, DC

In response and in requiem, the great Brookmeyer, shuffling between
The Essential Collection, The Blues Hot and Cold, and Kansas City
. True originality in absolutely great company.
Brian Hope

Currently listening to Miles Davis live in Paris with Sonny Stitt.
Dynamite !!!!
Gary Brisbane
Ajax, Ontario

Audra McDonald, How Glory Goes.
Vic Lewis Swings Nelson Riddle.
Curtis Fuller, Soul Trombone/Cabin In The Sky (a nice two-LP-on-one-CD
Seth MacFarlane. Music Is Better Than Words.
Roland Hanna Solo Piano, Free Spirit.
The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, Blues at Thirty Five.
Sam Cooke, The RCA Albums Collection.
Aaron Copland, The Copland Collection, Orchestral & Ballet Works, 1936-1948.
Wes Montgomery, Echoes of Indiana Avenue.
Gerry Mulligan Sextet, Legends Live, Liederhalle, Stuttgart November 22, 1977.
Hal McKusick Now’s The Time.
The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet (1956-1964).
Bucky Pizzarelli, Challis In Wonderland.
Pat Goodhope
New Castle, Delaware

I just, this minuite, came back in the door from seeing an Edu Lobo
show, live, so I’ve put on his CD w/Jobim, Edu & Tom, and it’s
even better than I remember. A masterpiece! (Although tonight he was
performing the music from another of his greatest records, O Grande
Circo Mistico
, and he was wonderful). Also, another Brasilian genius: everybody should listen to a Francis Hime record, or all of ’em (Bill Evans recorded his music). Try the Album Musical, maybe. Today I also listened to Teté Montoliu, as I often do (with undiminished delight and amazment). His SteepleChase sides—trio and Solo—are unbeatable.
Red O’Sullivan
Rio de Janeiro

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  1. Bob Godfrey says

    Stuff I’m NOT listening to recently: Esperanza Spalding, later John Coltrane, Kenny G, Elmo Tanner, George Wettling, Miff Mole and Henry Busse

  2. David says

    While Clark Terry’s “Porgy & Bess” is indeed quite different from Miles’, I wouldn’t say that either is better. Clark’s lacks the intense poignancy of Miles’ version. Or, to put it another way, Miles version lacks the buoyancy of Clark’s. There are significant differences in the sound recording as well, with the Davis version being somewhat drier and more natural and the Terry having a bit more depth and presence. On “Gone” Miles’ solo is replaced by two horns: Clark and Art Hoyle.