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Please add anything you want in posts below, more LP's, warnings and/or suggestions for those using the list, etc. If someone can put this lousy WORD piece onto a better program and wants me to e-mail an attachment from WORD, let me know. THE word LIST HAS BOLD-FACED TYPE FOR EACH ARTIST, MAKING IT VERY EASY TO READ.

Also, if anyone just wants this list as an attachment, let me know.

Alphebetizing...work conceieved by the devil!

I guess if I typed more than 40 wpm, it wouldn't have been so bad! As it is, there is...not including all of your work, about 6 hours of work in this monster! I want payment...send the 21 dancing girls and the 12, 17 year old masseuses and the 48 course dinner to:

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In care of: Muzikmike

This list, like any other list, is incomplete and perhaps wrong! You may agree with what all the contributors have submitted; you may have some of your own to add. The list is intended to help people decide whether they should spend a few extra bucks for a particular LP because of its sound. The music is of greatest importance, however.

The monikers and/or names of the contributors are:
Nameci, suretyguy, dpy, MAS, shrugs, sober1,Ross, jazzthusiast, Jeff Star, korneluk, SETdude, jefe, ShaneB, wamajama, hifitommy, ddarch, munkieNL, rrsands, user510, electric snowman, 4yanx, Supernaught, ChuckG, gialitt, BillyBuck, Andrew Chasin, Fretless, Penguin, Bagsgroove, vrgard, AnalogFan
Thanks, one and all!

Here then, is the list:
Cannonball Adderley, "Somethin' Else" Blue Note 1595, “Do you know what I mean” Riverside
Gene Ammons and Dodo Marmarosa, “Jug And Dodo” Prestige 24021
Dave Bailey, "One Foot in the Gutter" Epic 17008
Chet Baker "It Could Happen to You" Riverside RLP 1120
Count Basie, “Count Basie and the Kansas City 7”, Mono, “Jam Session” 1-3, Pablo** (Pablo has good sound pretty much across the entire catalog) “Count basie and Friends” Pablo, great compilation of basie on piano with other guests, “88 Basie Street” Pablo, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson, “Time Keeper” Pablo, "The Best of Basie" Roulette
Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers, "Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers" BN 4003 (aka "Moanin'")
Carla Bley, "Social Studies".
Dave Brubeck – “Time Out”, Columbia “6-eye” CS8192, “Jazz Impressions of Eurasia, Columbia “6 eye” CS 8058
Kenny Burrell "Midnight Blue" B.N. 4123, “Ellington is Forever”
Gary Burton, “New Quartet”
Paul Chambers "Bass on Top" B.N. 1569
June Christy, “Something Cool” (mono, teal label) Capitol T-516
Holly Cole "Girl Talk" Canadian Pressing only on Alert MusicZ1-81015
John Coltrane, “Ballads” (on original Impulse! label) AS32, “John Coltrain and Johnny Hartman” (Impulse)
Harry Connick, Jr., “20” - Columbia, 7464-44369-1, 1988
Johnny Dankworth, “What The Dickens”
Miles Davis, "Blue Trane" Blue Note 1577 “Cookin’”, “Relaxin'”, “Workin'” Prestige 7094,7129,7166, - “Kind of Blue” CS8163, “4 and More” CS9253, “Miles Ahead”,
”My Funny Valentine” CS9106, “Fri-Sat Nite at the Blackhawk” CS8469 (Lvol.1) and CS8470 (vol.. 2), “Sketches of Spain” CS8271, “Someday My Prince Will Come” Columbia 2-eye stereo CS 8456, (note: this pressing is the 1963 issue. First issue was 1961 and would have been a 6-eye available in mono(CL1656) or stereo(CS8456). Even though not a first pressing, the 1963 issue has excellent sound. A 1961 6-eye would be my first choice, but this pressing is worth seeking out. Performances are top notch from a stellar list of players: Coltrane, Kelly, Chambers, Cobb, Mobley, Davis
Paul Desmond, “Skylark” (CTI/Sebesky arr. with gabor szabo on elec. guitar) Paul Desmond and Jim Hall Mosaic Box
Eric Dolphy "Outward Bound" New Jazz 8236
Eric Dolphy/Ron Carter, Magic, Prestige P-24053
Duke Ellington – “Jazz Party” Columbia CS8127, “Jazz Violin Session”, “Duke Ellington: All Star Road Band, Vol. 2”, Doctor Jazz, W2X40012, ”Duke Ellington: At Newport”, Columbia Reissue, 7464-40587-1 ”First Time!” Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Columbia Reissue, 7464-40586-1
Duke Ellington/Louis Armstrong, “Summit Meeting”
Ellington/Sinatra, “Francis A. and Edward K”
Bill Evans - (Any of the Riverside titles) & the posthumously released “You Must Believe in Spring” is beautifully done, “Live at the Village Vanguard”, “Conversations With Myself” Verve V6-8526, "Explorations", Riverside RLP 9351, “Peace Pieces” featuring Cannonball Adderley , Riverside, “Waltz for Debbie”, “How My Heart Sings”, “Everybody digs Bill Evans”, “Sunday at Village Vanguard” (All on Riverside)
Bill Evans/Jim Hall – “Undercurrent” United Artists UAJS15003
Ella Fitzgerald "Ella Swings Lightly", Verve MGVS 6019,”Ella Fitzgerald sings the Gershwin Sing Book, Vol. 1”, Verve, MGV 4013
”Ella Fitzgerald with Gordon Jenkins Orch and Chorus”, Vocalion, VL 3797, “Fitzgerald and Pass...Again” (Pablo)
Erroll Garner, “Concert by the Sea Columbia” CL883- “Gems” Columbia CL583
Stan Getz, “Getz au Go Go [Live w/Astrude Gilberto] (Verve)
Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio [mono] (Verve)
Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd, “Jazz Samba” Verve V6-8432
Getz/Gilberto Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim, Verve V6-8545
Dizzy Gillespie, “Something Old, Something New” Phillips PHS 600-091, “An Electrifying Evening” Verve V6-8401- Gillespie/Getz: “Diz and Getz”, 1956, Norgran MGN-1050
Grant Green,. “Idle Moments” “Feelin' the Spirit”, “Grant's First Stand”, “Solid”, “Talkin' About!”
Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus” Fantasy
Herbie Hancock, "Maiden Voyage", Blue Note 84195 Stereo, "Takin' Off" BN84109, "My Point of View" BN 84126, "Inventions and Dimensions" BN 84127
"Empyrean Isles" BN 84125 Players: Hubbard, Coleman, Carter, Williams, Hancock. Herbie Hancock: "Maiden Voyage", Blue Note 84195 Stereo. This pressing is from 1965 available in both mono (4195) and stereo (84195) one source on Blue Notes suggests that the quality of recordings started downhill shortly after 1965. This implies that first issues are the ones to search for.
In general, I've found the Blue Note reissue series from the late 70s-early 80s to sound fine, especially for the money they're worth ($5 or so each). Classic BN titles that'd cost big bucks if you could find the originals. Downside is the covers are not the original art, but some nice pictures, obviously not what you'd expect.
Coleman Hawkins: "The Essential Coleman Hawkins" Verve, V6-8568
Shirley Horn "Violets ForYour Furs”
Roland Kirk, “We Free Kings” MercurySR60679
The L.A. 4, "Pavanne Pour Une Infante" East Wind 10003
Yusef Lateef – “Live at Pep's” Impulse” AS-69
Mundell Lowe and his All-Stars, “Porgy and Bess”
Herbie Mann, “Live at the Village Gate”
Shelly Mann and his friends: “My Fair Lady”, Contemporary
Wynton Marsalis: "Early Marsalis" Atlas Record, stereo-AE27-7002 (japanese pressing)
Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls”
Charles Mingus, "Tijuana Moods" RCA LSP 2533,"Ah Um CS 8171" & "Pithecanthropus Erectus" Atl. 1237, ”Mingus Moves”, ”Mingus At Carnegie Hall” - Atlantic SD1667, “Reevaluation: The Impulse Years” Impulse AS-9234-2
Thelonious Monk, “Monk's Dream” Columbia CS8765
Wes Montgomery, “Bumpin'”Verve V6-8625, “Alternate Takes”
Lee Morgan,: “Sidewinder”, Blue Note
Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond, “Two of a Mind”
Lee Morgan, “The Gigolo & Cornbread”
Art Pepper "A.P. Meets the Ryhthm Section" Contemporary C-3532
"Smack Up!" Contemporary M-3602,“The way it was” Contemporary S7630, “Intensity” S7607, “Thursday at the Village Vanguard”, “Plus 11” S7568
Oscar Peterson Trio, “We Get Requests”, Verve, "Swinging Brass", Verve MGVS 68364, “ Night Train” Verve
Michel Petrucciani: "Power of 3", Blue Note BTC 85133
Andre Previn and his Pals: “West side story”, “Gigi” both LP’s Contemporary
Dizzy Reece "Blues in Trinity", & "Sounding Off" B.N. 4006,4033
Sonny Rollins, "Saxophone Colossus" Prestige 7079
"Tenor Madness" Prest 7047 & "Tour De Force" Prestige 7126, "Alfie" soundtrack LP Impulse AS9111, “The Bridge” RCA LSP2527, “Our Man in Jazz” RCA LSP2612, “Way out West” Contemporary, “Tenor Madness” Prestige) , “Saxaphone Colossus” Prestige
Sonny Stitt, "Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio", Verve MGVS 6108 Cal Tjader – “Latino” Fantasy 8079
Stanley Turrentine And Shirley Scott, “Blue Flames”
McCoy Tyner, "Extensions", "The Real McCoy" BN 84264. "Supertrios" (2LP)
Sarah Vaughn on Emarcy; not as common as Ella on Verve, but great music and sonics. Mercury era Sarah is just ok in comparison.
Grover Washington, Jr. "Soul Box Vol.1" kUDU Records
Any of the Steeplechase studio recordings, especially those engineered by Jim Anderson. I have a number by musicians such as Paul Bley, Junior Cook, Walter Davis, & Bill Hardman. The live sessions are quite variable in sonics, although some of the performances by the likes of Dexter Gordon and Bud Powell can be terrific.
Verve, Blue Note and Pablo labels almost guarantee good music and sound. The Blue notes are expensive on the used market, though. The later Blue Note DMM's are not the same thing at all. Several I have purchased are less than stellar sound and performance. Maybe worth a flier if in the budget rack.
Any of the Fantasy OJC reissues of material from Prestige or Riverside. Particularly, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Chet Baker.
Jazz West Coast compilations vol. 1-3 / Pacific Jazz or World Pacific labels. Good overview of the Pacific Jazz label from the mid 50's. More common than the individual albums they were taken from and these compilations tend to be cheap.
“Blue Note Gems of Jazz” There were 2 compilations put out in the mid 60's to commemorate their 25th anniversary. GREAT music, cheap prices because it is a compilation.
Most of the "Gatefold" cover Impulse releases from the early 60's when Impulse was a serious Jazz label.
Maxell “Jazz sampler - Vol. 1”
“Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.” This 6-LP set pressed by Columbia records contains works from most major artists from Scott Joplin to Ornette Coleman, including alternate takes from Bird, and Monk's blues improvisation from "Bag's Groove" by the Miles Davis All Stars. While the recording quality on some of the cuts is not “audiophile” quality, it would be a grave injustice not to name this very important piece of educational material.
Earlier Riverside and Prestige pressings are also quite good. Wes Montgomery has some good stuff.
ECM LPs are also a good series of issues; the sound is a bit “hot” but lively. (Al Jarreau, Keith Jarrett,
the Art Ensamble of Chicago (urban Bushman e.g)
OJC Jazz re-issues are very good. They again were re-issued in Germany 90's now these do seem a little thin sounding/less body.

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Topic - THE LIST!!! - Muzikmike 12:37:45 01/8/03 ( 16)