Readers Choices 2012 (4)

Here is the final round of Rifftides readers’ listening choices. Thanks to all who responded for introducing me—and many others, I’m sure—to music or musicians that I would not have known otherwise. Without this exercise, among other recordings The Mars Volta, cellist Claire Gastinel and the marvelous O Grande Circo Mistico by Edu Lobo and Chico Buarque, would have escaped me.

Looking over the playlists of recommended albums by young jazz musicians and sampling their wares, I wondered again why budding composers in their late teens or early twenties think that 10 or 12 of their original compositions can sustain interest through an entire CD. Yes, I know about works of youthful genius by, say, Mozart, Schubert and Charlie Parker. I’ve heard no recent evidence that there is another like them among us. A leavening of songbook and jazz standards would help most albums of originals by musicians in their salad days. It’s amazing how a dose of Porter, Ellington, Gershwin, Shorter, Mandel or Dameron can break the monotony and give the listener a familiar handle.

If there is enough interest, we may do this again some day when the staff has forgotten the hours of finding and inserting html code for links. For those new to this sort of thing, the links are the album titles in blue. They are clickable.

Please use the “Speak Your Mind” box at the end of this post to comment on Readers Choices or anything else——well, just about anything else.

The Mars Volta, Noctourniquet.
Starlicker, Double Demon.
William Parker, I Plan To Stay A Believer.
John Zorn, The Gnostic Preludes.
Michael Sentkewitz

This is just today:
Milt Jackson, To Bags With Love, Memorial Album, Pablo.
Andy Bey, Ballads Blues & Bey, Evidence Music.
Carmen McRae, Carmen Sings Monk.
Bill Charlap: He’s played throughout the day.
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, Verve.
Other frequently heard singers: Joe Williams, Pinky Winters, Joe Mooney and Frank Sinatra.
Lots of classical music stored on my Media Player and also available at YouTube.
Carol Sloane
Stoneham, Massachusetts
USA

Dave Brubeck, Moscow Night— includes my all time favourite version
of “Take Five”—Dave’s playing is superb.
Paul Desmond, The Paul Desmond Quartet Live.
Gerry Mulligan, Midas Touch.
Al Cohn & Zoot Sims, Body & Soul.
Bruce Babad, A Tribute To Paul Desmond.
John Bolger
Greystones, Ireland
UK

Ben Allison, Little Things Run The World.
Robert Glasper, In My Element.
Branford Marsalis, Braggtown.
Art Ensemble of Chicago, A Jackson in Your House/A Message to Our Folks.
Music By Ry Cooder (Selections from films he has scored).
Jason Moran, Same Mother.
Barry K. Schmidt
Yakima, WA
USA

Joe Henderson, Double Rainbow.
Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts.
Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani, The Third Man
Kate Bush, 50 Words For Snow.
Chuck Mitchell
New York, NY
USA

Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian, Further Explorations.
Dorian Ford Trio, The Bill Game (The music of Bill Evans)

Julian Lage Group, Gladwell
.
Phil Palombi, Re: Person I Knew.

Craig Urquhart, Songs Without Words.
Jeff Lorber Fusion, Galaxy.
Jake Shimabukro, Peace, Love, Ukelele.
Kenny Burrell, Tenderly.
Mark Mohr,
Spokane, WA
USA

Tom Warrington, Nelson.
Jeff Hamilton, Red Sparkle.
Dave Tull, I Just Want To Get Paid.
Bob Curnow, Pat Metheny.
Larry Hathaway
LA Jazz Society

(Curnow recently released a followup big band album, Plays The Music Of Pat Metheny And Lyle Mays, Vol. 2—DR)

Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer, The Power of Positive Swinging.
Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, Joyous Encounter.
Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream.
Duke Ellington At Fargo, N.D., 1940.
Art Pepper, Winter Moon.
James Bruce
North Carolina
USA

Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues.
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Brubeck Time.
Shelly Manne, Yesterdays.
Ben Johnston, String Quartets 2,3,4,& 9.
Keith Jarrett, Live at the Blue Note.
Peter Straub
New York City
USA

Music in the house with Bose speakers upstairs and down. In the car, I favor a heavy sound such as big bands. Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson is onboard today. Because of Jack Brownlow, I have every Bill Evans CD, but Evans is too subtle for car listening.
Lee Kilburn
Kirkland, WA
USA

Lars Jansson Trio, Worship of Self.
Clare Fischer Orchestra, Continuum.
Amina Figarova, Sketches.
Grant Stewart, Estate.
Warren Vache/Alan Barnes, The London Sessions.
Chick Corea/Gary Burton, Hot House.
Paolo Fresu Quintet, Songlines.
Don Emanuel
Gillingham, Kent
England

Brad Mehldau, Ode.
Matt Wilson, An Attitude for Gratitude.
Anne Gastinel / Claire Désert: Cello Sonatas.
Chick Corea, Further Explorations.
And because there was a discussion of the BBC series Sailing on a blog
I regularly read, Rod Stewart’s “Sailing” has been my most recent
earworm.(It’s in this album—DR)
Stan Jones
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Canada

Cassandra Wilson — Loverly
Mark Murphy — Memories of You (dedicated to Joe Williams)
Brubeck/Desmond — Dave Digs Disney
Bird — Live Recordings on Savoy
Brookmeyer/Evans — The Ivory Hunters
Barry Harris — Plays Tadd Dameron
Jim Brown
Santa Cruz, CA
USA

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  1. Fred Augerman says

    Doug makes a point that I feel has certainly lost a lot of jazz listeners over the years, and it’s this!

    “Looking over the playlists of recommended albums by young jazz musicians and sampling their wares, I wondered again why budding composers in their late teens or early twenties think that 10 or 12 of their original compositions can sustain interest through an entire CD.

    A leavening of songbook and jazz standards would help most albums of originals by musicians in their salad days. It’s amazing how a dose of Porter, Ellington, Gershwin, Shorter, Mandel or Dameron can break the monotony and give the listener a familiar handle.”

    100% true!

    The late Bob Florence and I used to have “healthy” debates over the “length” of some of his “original” compositions. My point was no matter how good it maybe, anything over the 5 minute mark starts to bore me, but I always commended him for including a “new” look at an old chestnut or two.

    • David says

      The sound on that “Three Deuces” is a bit thin and noisy (at least on the LP version) but Roy and the band are definitely hopping. Given the relative scarcity of hot live small group jazz recordings from the ’30s this is very worthwhile.

      On a promo video for a recent Jeff Beck album, Jeff is interviewed by Alice Cooper. Jeff asks Alice if he’s ever heard of Kathleen Ferrier and gets a blank look. So he explains that those Italian opera singers really “belt it out” just like blues singers. Apparently she was the inspiration for his decision to record “Nessun Dorma” on electric guitar.

      There are two Stan Getz/Bill Evans albums. The studio one is nice but the live one is sublime.

  2. says

    It’s hilarious when Roy’s mute dropped out in the middle of “Heckler’s Hop”, and he just continued blowing as if nothing had happened. — These partly privately made transcriptions are certainly not exactly ‘hi-’, rather ‘lo-fi’, but they are big fun, and particularly Roy is playing his a** off, to put it, well, as it is.

    I’ve seen a very moving documentary on Kathleen Ferrier on ARTE (French-German TV) yesterday afternoon. For anyone who speaks French, it can be watched HERE — There is a little button downright at the player where one could choose the language. The interviews are mostly in English, and Miss Ferrier’s adorable speaking voice is subtitled.

    • Doug Ramsey says

      Perhaps European Rifftides readers will be able to see the Ferrier video. There seems to be a download problem in the US.

    • Светлана says

      Thank you for introducing me to Kathleen Ferrier. I am dumbfound with her magnificient voice and manner.

  3. Frank Roellinger says

    I tried to send this earlier but apparently my note got lost somewhere among all those electrons. I downloaded this a few months ago and listen to it often. One of Zoot’s best, I think, and Henri Renaud does quite well also.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7y8InNwPrE

    I very much liked seeing Brew’s choice of Miles at Carnegie Hall (1961 not 1960). Listening to those CDs straight through is quite an experience. On YT I met a guy who claimed he was at that concert, and he had a copy of the program to prove it. Could one have been more lucky in 1961?