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10 favorite jazz albums

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I usually don't give a hoot about these lists, but someone forwarded this list to me and I thought it was different. I'll post it without comment, except to say that I own NONE of these - #1 is in my yourmusic queue, and #2 is one of those records that are so famous that I haven't bought it yet.

Bertrand.

1. Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

2. John Coltrane, Giant Steps (1960)

3. Albert Ayler, Spriitual Unity (1964)

4. Sun Ra, Space is the Place (1972)

5. Django Reinhart, In Solitaire (2002, recorded 1937-1950)

6. Mulatu Astatke, Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale 1969-74 (1998)

7. Masada, Live in Jerusalem (1999)

8. Chicago Underground Trio, Possible Cube (1999)

9. Marc Ribot, Saints (2001)

10. Eddie Palmieri, Salsa Legende (2003, recorded 1964-2003)

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Kind of reads like the 'hipster guide to jazz' or something, I like most of them, though.

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Yeah, an interesting and honest list to be sure.

No "hipster" about it - mine would include some oddball ringers and no KOB!

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Four out of ten.

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#6 Mulatu Astatke

must be referring to Ethiopiques vol. 4. A great album, but not huge as jazz. Very hip & enjoyable.

I own # 1 & 2 in their box sets. So if you count that, 6 out of 10.

The Eddie Palmieri makes no sense at all.

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No "hipster" about it - mine would include some oddball ringers and no KOB!

I think any jazz aficionado's list would include some surprising titles, but given that this appears to be a student mag, there aren't really that many eye-opening titles here, or at least to me. (i'd say the Django and Palmieri titles are actually the most surprising ones). This might be overstating it, but I think I might know more people in my age bracket who own Sun Ra, Ayler or Zorn albums than KOB, so I don't really find this list to be all too surprising.

Didn't mean to imply these are bad records in any way, though.. I own six out of 10 myself.

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I hear what you're saying. I suppose I'm in the "under 30" for a month or so longer, as it is.

That said, though I do have a 6-eye of KOB, it's not among my desert island discs. I have 3 out of those 10 listed, and have listened to a bit of a 4th.

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No Ellington. Tsk.

Or Mingus or Monk.

Still, I have no problem with anyone's "Ten Favorites" list. It's the "Ten Best" ones that I usually find fault with.

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Marc Ribot - "Saints" !? while Ribot is just friggin' great I think this is by no means needed in any top ten whatsoever. Altho one must have an album with animal balloons to be hip.

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Man, it's a favorites list. I'm just glad it isn't overstuffed with Rod Stewart albums. And bertrand--get the first three (at least) post haste!

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No Ellington. Tsk.

Or Mingus or Monk.

Still, I have no problem with anyone's "Ten Favorites" list. It's the "Ten Best" ones that I usually find fault with.

No Charlie Parker?

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Man, it's a favorites list. I'm just glad it isn't overstuffed with Rod Stewart albums.

Right. I wouldn't argue that the Ric Colbeck record is a historical "best" but it's certainly one of my ten favorite jazz records.

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This list reminds me that a considerable amount of my favorite jazz is from the pre-album era. That is to say, was not initially released on LP. I mean, you can't really call a collection of Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens an album because it's a compilation of 78's. Same for the Blanton/Webster era of the Ellington band, the pre-Atomic Basie, etc, etc.

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#1,2,3, &7 here.

Though I'd substitute #7 with the much better Live In Sevilla.

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He might have included the Ethiopian and Eddie Palmieri albums because he only owns 8 genuine "jazz" albums and , well, 8 is not a nice round number like 10.

Edited by John L

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The list is limited to albums available on emusic, fwiw.

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Ezz-thetics is an interesting and extremely welcome choice there...

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Now THAT'S a list I can get behind!

Brilliant Corners. Now that's a true piece of art.

And I was also kind of surprised to see Ezz-thetics. But anytime Mr. Dolphy is involved, you can count me in.

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I'd really like to hear the Ellington/Strayhorn piano duets... that is something that I won't download. I'm saving my virginity. I am scheming on how to set up an all analog set-up. Trolling the depths of audiogon on a weekly basis... then the fun begins.

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