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  1. Monk - Friday the 13th

    Others artists have liked the tune. In my collection I have versions by Joe Henderson, Steve Lacy, and Steve Khan.
  2. Joey Baron

    I've been hearing Joey Baron for a long time and always liking his work, without necessarily thinking he's among the elite percussionists. But at this point I'm thinking he is. He sounds mighty creative to these ears, and his presence always raises the quality of a session. For those who like Masada, well there must be dozens of recordings. I think he's on every John Abercrombie record of the 21st century (at least the ECM stuff). He has appeared with a lot of my favorites--Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Jim Hall, Lee Konitz. Some nice work as a leader too, where he has featured Frisell and Blythe. A force to be reckoned with. Your thoughts and recommendations....
  3. Volcano Blues, Khepera, Highlife, Zep Tepi, The Storyteller, among others. It's usually the final track, whether recorded live or in the studio.
  4. Not to sound snarky, but you need to obtain a few more Weston records. A couple of the more memorable versions are found on Volcano Blues and Khepera.
  5. Kenny Barron

    These are some of my favorites: Wanton Spirit (with Haden and Haynes) The Art of Conversation (w. Dave Holland) Night and the City (with Haden) Also, check out sideman work with Ron Carter, Jim Hall, Gerald Wilson, Steve Turre, Jimmy Owens, etc.
  6. Jazz Standard, NYC, Randy Weston at 92

    Candido? So he is 96-years-old and still performing on stage?
  7. I'd buy this

    Tom Cat is a great Lee Morgan record, and it sat in the vaults for 16 years. It took 26 years for Grant Green's Matador to get an American release.
  8. Top 10 Blue Note sidemen

    Yes, and Side 1 (at least) sounds absolutely like a Miles Davis record. I might well argue that Basra (Pete La Roca) is the greatest Joe Henderson album on Blue Note.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    The River and the Thread is an excellent record.
  10. Top 10 Blue Note sidemen

    Isn't this strict definition of sideman too limiting for jazz? I'm always most intrigued by the records on which every player is a leader (albeit at a lower rate for most bassists and drummers); and in Blue Note's heyday this was true of virtually all the great records.
  11. Billy Higgins

    I've been digging into Billy Higgins' music quite deeply of late. I noted him as one of the most distinguished of Blue Note sideman, with immense contributions to albums by Morgan, Mobley, Gordon, McLean, and countless others. He was the drummer on Rejoicing, which may be Metheny's best record. The man had important partnerships with Ornette, Charles Lloyd, Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, Charlie Haden, and more. I know he did very little as a strict leader, but I just listened to the title track of Soweto and it sounded quite fine. Offer your praise. I'm pretty sure we all love Billy Higgins.
  12. Top 10 Blue Note sidemen

    Yes, I guess this last is the true notion of the sideman--the one who only supports and never (or rarely) leads. I would also add Kenny Burrell, who is great as both leader and sideman. Midnight Blue is definitive as one aspect of the Blue Note sound. Kenny is vital as a BN sideman mainly for Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine.
  13. Top 10 Blue Note sidemen

    "Blue Note family" is probably an apt term.
  14. Top 10 Blue Note sidemen

    Pepper Adams did do some sideman work, in addition to the group he co-led with Byrd--three with Blue Mitchell, two with Lee Morgan, one with hank Mobley.
  15. Top 10 Blue Note sidemen

    In addition to Billy Higgins (who is on my original list), I would add Elvin Jones, Joe Chambers, and Tony Williams as drummers who made major contributions. Williams even contributed in the rebirth era, on records by Geri Allen and Don Pullen.