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My ears are in need of (further) opening.

My music collection includes just about all styles, genres, eras, whatever. I am looking for something that is simultaneously challenging and fun. I am very open minded.

Does not need to be "pure" jazz by any stretch and I don't really care if it is free/avant garde, as long as it is FUN to listen to. Something where you say to yourself, "I bet they had a ball recording that". Only other qualifier is that I don't want something that is merely novel, something that will not have staying power.

Just tell me what comes to mind ... something YOU really dig (regardless of what the fricking critics say), something you return to. Guilty pleasures are OK, as long as they meet the other critieria.

Thanks

Eric

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Something where you say to yourself, "I bet they had a ball recording that".

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I've been having fun listening to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band - BUCK JUMP. I can't seem to get it out of rotation. Always finds it's way in to the CD player of my car. My girls love to dance around to this one at the house as well.

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I really like this one. Seems this was a true labor of love and sounds like it was a ball to record. To my mind, an overlooked classic.

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William Parker Quartet - O'Neal's Porch

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If you don't already own this one, I recommend you purchase it soon. Great music that at times ventures out, but is always locked into a groove by William Parker and Hamid Drake. But for me, it’s Rob Brown (alto sax) and Lewis Barnes (trumpet) who really take this record to another level. This band recently visited Seattle, and I especially enjoyed hearing Brown in a live setting where he could stretch out more – not that he restrains himself in any way on this record. Also, they looked like they were having fun despite the somewhat less than receptive audience.

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Having never heard him, I myself was just wondering about Moondoc this afternoon after Rocky Boy posted an intruiging cover. Checked some online samples and I am quite impressed. Was thinking of picking up a title as soon as budget allows. Any recommendations anyone?

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If you want to spend a little more money, Benny More Y Su Banda Gigante, Grabaciones Completas: 1953 - 1960 put put by Tumbao Cuban Classics, is one of the best box sets I've bought in a long time.

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If couw is referring to Jemeel Moondoc then he should check out the following titles:

Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys on Eremite

Live at Glenn Miller Café, Vol. 1 on Ayler

Tri-P-Let on Eremite

I would start with Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys.

Alejandro

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Actually Swedish folk music but with a jazzy sensibility - that willingness to blurr things rather than play straight.

My whole musical world was greatly enlivened by discovering Swedish and other Scandanavian folk and folk related music last year.

Line up:

Sofia Karlsson (Vocals, Härjedalspipa, Trätvärflöjt)

Terje Isungset (Percussion)

Rickard Åström (Piano)

Jonas Simonson (Saxophones, Flutes)

Mats Edén (Melodeons, Violin, Viola d'Amore)

Another electrifying release from that side of the world...Finland this time...:

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Easily my favourite vocal group of the moment.

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If couw is referring to Jemeel Moondoc then he should check out the following titles:

Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys on Eremite

Live at Glenn Miller Café, Vol. 1 on Ayler

Tri-P-Let on Eremite

I would start with Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys.

Alejandro

I was referring to that crazy hoot Louis Hardin Moondoc, without he Jemeel

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Jemeel is someone else I was seeking to check out come time, money, money, and money. So, thanks for these recommendations anyhow. Serendipity rules.

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I would start with Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys.

Alejandro

I second that emotion.

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Uri Caine's take on Mahler, Urlicht/Primal Light is one of the more interesting "something different" things to come out of the jazz world in recent years.

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Eric, you need to get your ears around this...

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AMG review: Phil Ranelin -- The Time Is Now!!

Most exciting damn thing I've heard in ages. Found a used one in St. Louis about a month ago, and I must have listened to it 20 times since I first got it.

Sound samples: HERE

Seriously, if you buy this and don't like it -- I'll buy it off of you, and see that it gets a good home. Call that a money-back guarantee, if you like. Get on it!! :w

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Keep 'em coming, guys and girls. This is exactly what I was looking for!!!

PS - Came into about $200 of "stupid money" that is going 100% to recs off this thread. Picked up five of the above so far ...

Eric

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Eric,

If you haven't heard Fela Kuti, I'd recommend this album:

Expensive Shit/He Miss Road

I'd heard about Fela Kuti for years, but I never listened to his music. My mistake.

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you may consider to support the Nessa catalogue a bit if you haven't already, that is.

This one gets my undivided thumbs up. A stunning disk of utter beauty.

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:tup is not enough, this one is

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you may consider to support the Nessa catalogue a bit if you haven't already, that is.

This one gets my undivided thumbs up. A stunning disk of utter beauty.

Does Chuck stock this one??

(sorry for not posting in the stupid questions thread ;) )

Eric

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you may consider to support the Nessa catalogue a bit if you haven't already, that is.

This one gets my undivided thumbs up. A stunning disk of utter beauty.

Does Chuck stock this one??

(sorry for not posting in the stupid questions thread ;) )

Eric

AFAIK, yes.

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This one gets my undivided thumbs up. A stunning disk of utter beauty.

How exactly do you divide your thumb for other, lesser, recommendations??

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This one gets my undivided thumbs up. A stunning disk of utter beauty.

How exactly do you divide your thumb for other, lesser, recommendations??

that's a *stupid* question erik, wrong thread! ;)

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you may consider to support the Nessa catalogue a bit if you haven't already, that is.

This one gets my undivided thumbs up. A stunning disk of utter beauty.

Does Chuck stock this one??

(sorry for not posting in the stupid questions thread ;) )

Eric

If you're going to be placing an order from Chuck, you might want to pick up the Warne Marsh too. :tup

Edit to add:

Listening to this cd reminds me of why I fell in love with jazz in the first place.

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If you're going to be placing an order from Chuck, you might want to pick up the Warne Marsh too.  :tup

thanks Jeff ... got it a while ago ... actually managed to pick it up used 20 years ago in my "clueless/blind luck" era ... ;)

Eric

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If you're going to be placing an order from Chuck, you might want to pick up the Warne Marsh too.  :tup

thanks Jeff ... got it a while ago ... actually picked it up used 20 years ago int he "clueless/blind luck" days ... ;)

Eric

Cool! :tup

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