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    Jazz Recommendations

    After promising to start a thread about some jazz recommendations in another post I've come up with a few to get the ball rolling.

    Alexander von Schlippenbach Quintet - Monk's Casino (2005 Intakt Records, 3 CDs)

    The great German piano player and band leader tackles all of Thelonious Monk's known compositions, some 70 plus songs, in a live setting. There are 57 tracks spanning the three discs with some running under a minute while others stretch out to over six minutes.

    I chose this disk for several reasons.

    First Schlippenbach and company's interpretations are quite refreshing and manage to shed new light on this well worn material, all while keeping faithful to the spirit of Monk's music.

    Second because recording shows that one can treat jazz as repertory music without making it sound dead or even the slightest bit lifeless.

    Third because all the players on the recording are European and clearly show that jazz is now an international music regardless of its US origins.

    Finally because it is a great introduction to the music of one of jazz's most iconic and essential figures.

    And speaking of Monk, here's one from the master himself:

    Thelonious Monk - Live at The It Club: Complete (1998 Sony, 2 CDs)

    Recorded in Los Angeles in 1964 this recording features Monk's classic quartet playing many of Monk's better know compositions along with some jazz standrads. This recording makes an excellent companion to the Schlippenbach set or a great stand alone introduction to Monk.
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    Great I'll would probaly try to find this and try when I get home or search on spotify .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphpnj View Post
    After promising to start a thread about some jazz recommendations in another post I've come up with a few to get the ball rolling.

    Alexander von Schlippenbach Quintet - Monk's Casino (2005 Intakt Records, 3 CDs)

    The great German piano player and band leader tackles all of Thelonious Monk's known compositions, some 70 plus songs, in a live setting. There are 57 tracks spanning the three discs with some running under a minute while others stretch out to over six minutes.

    I chose this disk for several reasons.

    First Schlippenbach and company's interpretations are quite refreshing and manage to shed new light on this well worn material, all while keeping faithful to the spirit of Monk's music.

    Second because recording shows that one can treat jazz as repertory music without making it sound dead or even the slightest bit lifeless.

    Third because all the players on the recording are European and clearly show that jazz is now an international music regardless of its US origins.

    Finally because it is a great introduction to the music of one of jazz's most iconic and essential figures.

    And speaking of Monk, here's one from the master himself:

    Thelonious Monk - Live at The It Club: Complete (1998 Sony, 2 CDs)

    Recorded in Los Angeles in 1964 this recording features Monk's classic quartet playing many of Monk's better know compositions along with some jazz standrads. This recording makes an excellent companion to the Schlippenbach set or a great stand alone introduction to Monk.
    Thanks for the Schlippenbach's recommendation. I never heard him, so this is going to be an interesting discovery.

    I have the Monk on a Mosaic LP set (now digitized), and I absolutely second your suggestion.

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    Monk Alone is also very nice.

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    Living jazz pianists

    Contrary to what you may have heard or read by looking at lists of jazz "must have" recordings, there is a lot of excellent jazz being played by young and talented musicians.

    Here are a few very much alive jazz pianists worth checking out.

    Brad Mehldau - very much in the tradition of the standard jazz piano trio. Lots of recordings to chose so start with his most recent, "Where Do You Start" (very apt title ), and work backwards.

    Fred Hersch - another pianist who likes to work in jazz piano trio tradition. Again lots of great recordings to chose from so try this one: "Alive at the Vanguard"

    Vijay Iyer - A fast rising star on the jazz this Indian-American pianist is somewhat more adventurous then either Mehldau or Hersch but you will be richly rewarded for giving his music a chance. Again his most recent recording is a good place to start: "Accelerando"

    Jason Moran - Another monster who works in many different setting and really expands the boundaries of jazz. Try his 2004 recording "Same Mother" and go from there.

    Matthew Shipp - The elder statesman of the group and the most free of the five. Since I love free jazz Shipp is one of current favorites. Lots of recordings to chose from, including several excellent solo outings. One of my favorite recordings featuring Shipp is "The David S. Ware Quartets - Live in the World" recorded when he was member of Ware's quartet. Shipp's solo on the 25 minute long "Elder's Path" is breath taking.

    I could on and on but these five, while by no means a definitive list are a very good place to start.

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    More pianists

    Thanks for bringing Alexander von Schlippenbach to my attention, he had previously slipped under my radar. As a late in life convert to Jazz after a lifetimes interest in classical music I am trying to build up a representative collection of Jazz pianists. There are currently 204 pianists on my list and every time I get past the halfway mark someone comes up with some new names! I see von Schlippenbach has a duet album with Aki Takase, another recent 'discovery'.

    A few more recommendations based purely on my own taste:- Bill Evans, Erwin Helfer, Hiromi, Jessica Williams, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Barron, Lennie Tristano, Lynne Arriale, Mary Lou Williams, McCoy Tyner, Michel Petrucciani, Toshiko Akiyoshi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mnyb View Post
    Great I'll would probaly try to find this and try when I get home or search on spotify .

    ( if anyone wonders why I seldom give detailed answers to questions nowadays ,to much travel ,never at home )
    I have now acquired the Schlippenbach monk 3CD album.... not listend any yet .

    Noticed a new (to me) site that sells lossless music http://www.gubemusic.com they have more CD's with Schlippenbach .
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryS View Post
    Thanks for bringing Alexander von Schlippenbach to my attention, he had previously slipped under my radar. As a late in life convert to Jazz after a lifetimes interest in classical music I am trying to build up a representative collection of Jazz pianists. There are currently 204 pianists on my list and every time I get past the halfway mark someone comes up with some new names! I see von Schlippenbach has a duet album with Aki Takase, another recent 'discovery'.

    A few more recommendations based purely on my own taste:- Bill Evans, Erwin Helfer, Hiromi, Jessica Williams, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Barron, Lennie Tristano, Lynne Arriale, Mary Lou Williams, McCoy Tyner, Michel Petrucciani, Toshiko Akiyoshi.
    Excellent choices although I'm not familiar with Erwin Helfer. Since I was focusing on pianist still among the living I did not include many of these wonderful musicians. To be fair all but Bill Evans, Lennie Tristano, Mary Lou Williams and Michel Petrucciani are still with us.

    One of my all time favorite piano players who is no longer alive is Don Pullen. Once again there are lots of excellent recordings by and featuring Don Pullen. A great place to start is the three disc "Mosaic Select" set (#13) which features Pullen's trio recordings on Blue Note. Pullen was also co-leader of the great Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet throughout the 1980s. I've always considered this group to be the best jazz group from that era which is not surprising considering that three of the four members were members of Charles Mingus' mid-1970s group. Their Blue Note recording "Breakthrough" is a great place to start. My all time favorite Pullen recording "The Sixth Sense" is a quintet recording from 1985, this one might be hard to find but is worth looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mnyb View Post
    I have now acquired the Schlippenbach monk 3CD album.... not listend any yet .

    Noticed a new (to me) site that sells lossless music http://www.gubemusic.com they have more CD's with Schlippenbach .
    Great! And thanks for the link. I would caution you about purchasing any other Schlippenbach recordings before you've had a chance to listen to them because more than likely they will be on the free or avant garde jazz side, not that that's a bad thing just that you may find them a little hard to take. Free jazz is definitively not for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphpnj View Post
    Great! And thanks for the link. I would caution you about purchasing any other Schlippenbach recordings before you've had a chance to listen to them because more than likely they will be on the free or avant garde jazz side, not that that's a bad thing just that you may find them a little hard to take. Free jazz is definitively not for everyone.
    Well ofcourse , i just had to share the find ,there are more lossles music shops out there than we suspects ? but they are not very good at the art of showing up in any of the 100 first pages when you google an artist ?
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