What is this?
What follows are some tracks from some of my jazz CDs. In picking them
I tried for two things, mainly: my favorites; and things I thought needed to be
accounted for, even if I didn't like them as much. There isn't much of the
latter, though in many cases, since I was picking these out in bulk without
lots of time to listen and consider, I just picked what sounded good
at a moment's listen.
I picked these artists because they're best represented in my jazz
collection (a paltry hundred discs or so), and because they seem to be
good choices to file under "best and/or most influential jazz." That
goal wasn't a very serious one, though, so no carping; for instance, I
like Diz and Bird and Duke alright, but not nearly as much, so regardless of
whether or not they might be more important, or better, etc., I just
didn't have as many samples of them to choose. In favor of offering a
somewhat unified picture of what jazz is (and even that's hard, given
the diverse careers of the artists I picked), I tried to keep the selection
A note about Miles: though I tried to cover as much of each musician's
career as my collection allows me, I stopped just after Miles'
fusion work got started. I like it, and I think it's worthwhile, but
it begins to be less and less precisely jazz, and more something
else entirely ("funk" being the most convenient label, though totally
inadequate). Also, a lot of the Star Chamber (for whom I made these
selections) has already heard Miles' funkiest, fusion-est stuff.
The idea, after picking, was that I would review each track. I'm
behind on my reviewing, but will endeavor to catch up. New reviews
will be announced in josh blog.
Requests are welcome -
otherwise, I'll just pick whatever, whenever.
After I get rolling a bit I may have something more general to say.
These are grouped by album, with the albums listed in order of
release, to give some idea of the directions each musician took.
- John Coltrane
- "Blue Train" - Blue Train
- "Giant Steps" - Giant Steps
- "Countdown" - Giant Steps
- "Syeeda's Song Flute" - Giant Steps
- "Naima" - Giant Steps
- "My Favorite Things, Part 1" - My Favorite Things
- "My Favorite Things, Part 2" - My Favorite Things
- "Africa" - The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
- "India" - Live at the Village Vangard: The Master Tapes
- "Wise One" - Crescent
- "Part 1 - Acknowledgement" - A Love Supreme
- "Compassion" - Meditations
- "Jupiter" - Interstellar Space
- Miles Davis
- "Boplicity" - Birth of the Cool
- "'Round Midnight" - 'Round About Midnight
- "My Funny Valentine" - Cookin'
- "Airegin" - Cookin'
- "Buzzard Song" - Porgy and Bess
- "Gone" - Porgy and Bess
- "Summertime" - Porgy and Bess
- "Oh Doctor Jesus" - Porgy and Bess
- "So What" - Kind of Blue
- "Freddie Freeloader" - Kind of Blue
- "All Blues" - Kind of Blue
- "Flamenco Sketches" - Kind of Blue
- "Will O' The Wisp" - Sketches of Spain
- "Solea" - Sketches of Spain
- "Circle" - Miles Smiles
- "Nefertiti" - Nefertiti
- "Hand Jive (First Alternate Take)" - Nefertiti
- "Spanish Key" - Bitches Brew
- "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" - Bitches Brew
- "Right Off" - Jack Johnson
- Charles Mingus
- "Ysabel's Table Dance" - New Tijuana Moods
- "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" - Blues and Roots
- "Cryin' Blues" - Blues and Roots
- "Moanin'" - Blues and Roots
- "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too" - Blues and Roots
- "Better Git It in Your Soul" - Mingus Ah Um
- "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" - Mingus Ah Um
- "Boogie Stop Shuffle" - Mingus Ah Um
- "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" - Mingus at Antibes
- "Hog Callin' Blues" - Oh Yeah
- "Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me" - Oh Yeah
- "Solo Dancer" - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
- "Group Dancers" - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady